Category Archives: This Week at Stormont

Yes, I donate. Do you?

At the start of Organ Donation Week, UUP Health Spokesman Roy Beggs MLA has highlighted the importance of increasing the number of organ donations. He has also again called for an urgent return of a local devolved government so that Northern Ireland can follow the successful soft opt-out organ donation model that has now been approved in Wales, England and recently Scotland. Roy Beggs said: “In the absence of the soft opt out scheme that has been legislated for in the rest of the UK, I would urge everyone to join the local organ donation register by phoning 0300 123 23 23, joining on-line or by completing a form. It is important to join the scheme and speak to family members so that they know your intentions. It is a selfless act and no one knows if their own family member will need a donation from someone else in the … Continue reading

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Worsening cancer waiting times should be enough to shame Secretary of State into taking action – Beggs

Ulster Unionist Health Spokesperson, Roy Beggs MLA, has said the revelation that there has been yet a further steep deterioration in one of the key cancer treatment times should be enough to force Karen Bradley into taking immediate action on the future of the Assembly. Roy Beggs said: “Cancer treatment targets are set because there is very sound medical evidence that the longer a patient has to wait for diagnosis or treatment, the greater the risk that they may ultimately come to harm. “It is outrageous that in December only 60.5% of patients started treatment within 62 days following an urgent referral for suspected cancer. This is far below the target of 95%. “Earlier this month the Department of Health announced that it would at long last be producing a Cancer Strategy for Northern Ireland. Yet it was also clear that the implementation of the new strategy would only be … Continue reading

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Beggs responds to Cairncastle Ghost Tommie vandalism

Roy Beggs MLA has respond to media comments from a local Sinn Fein Councillor and the subsequent vandalism of the Ghost Tommie silhouettes in Cairncastle. Roy Beggs said “The Sinn Fein political representative has tried to politicise WW1 commemorations and the Ghost Tommie silhouettes which remember those who did not return. By his reckless remarks, he has increased community tensions. This is in stark contrast to the increased recognition from the Irish Government that huge losses were occurred from all sections of the community. Many young men left Cairncastle never to return. Republicans need to learn to have tolerance and respect for others.”

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Beggs welcomes amendment to Misuse of Drugs Act enabling clinicians to prescribe medicinal cannabis

Roy Beggs MLA, who was part of the cross party group of MLAs who had recognised the potential benefits of the medicinal use of cannabis products, has welcomed the amendment to the 2001 Misuse of Drugs Act and the changes indicated by the Department of Health in Northern Ireland that are to enable clinicians to prescribe the medicinal use of cannabis. Roy Beggs MLA said: “I am pleased that Northern Ireland clinicians will, from the 1st of November, be able to consider prescribing medicinal cannabis.  We must however recognise that as there is limited experience in this area that clinicians must be cautious in prescribing its use.  Like any drug, there are side effects and clinicians will want to minimise the risk of harm to patients. “The Home Office, by amending the 2001 Misuse of Drugs Legislation, has enabled some cannabis based products to be considered for use in the … Continue reading

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Beggs attends NI Energy Forum

Speaking at the NI Energy Forum at the Titanic Centre, Roy Beggs MLA has again called on a rethink on the future Electricity Generating proposals.  Roy Beggs said, “There have been significant delays and an inability to gain Ministerial approval for the new North South Interconnector and indeed for any new generator at the present time.  This is extending the lead times for any new electricity generating provision and could lead to the interruption of future electricity supply.   There is also a risk to electricity supplies and I-SEM as a result of BREXIT if agreement is not reached before the end of March 2019.    Clearly there is a need for SONI and the Utility Regular to adapt their capacity model to minimise the risk electric blackout.“  

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