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Beggs Welcomes Audit of reusable rehabilitation aids

Roy Beggs, Ulster Unionist Party MLA for East Antrim has welcomed confirmation from the Northern Ireland Audit Office (NIAO) that concerns about the low return rate of return and reuse of Hospital rehabilitation aids will be examined as part of their upcoming audit of the Department of Health. Roy Beggs said “I contacted NIAO following concerns expressed made to me by a constituent regarding the apparent lack of re-use of Hospital issued crutches, walking sticks, Zimmer frames and other such equipment which many patients may only need temporarily. I share my constituents concern that many of these aids could easily be reused, saving precious NHS funding. A recent reply from the NIAO advised, “Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention. We will ensure that the issue is examined as part of our upcoming audit of the Department of Health and will get back to you with our findings.” … Continue reading

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Barely half of ambulances in most urgent cases arriving within 8 minutes – Beggs

Ulster Unionist Health Spokesperson, Roy Beggs MLA, has warned that the latest publication of emergency treatment times demonstrates that the lives are being put at risk. In 2016/17 there was a further slump in the number of emergency ambulances arriving within the target time of 8 minutes. Roy Beggs said: “The importance of ambulances and paramedics arriving on time cannot be emphasised enough. The longer someone has to wait for assistance in an emergency the greater the risk there is of them coming to serious and lasting harm. “In the Northern area there where 109,329 NI Ambulance Service patient journeys in 2016/17, with over a third (35.6%) of these classed as emergencies.” “The target for Category A ambulance calls – which are considered to be the most urgent and life threatening – is that 72.5% should attended within 8 minutes. It is frightening that the Department of Health has now … Continue reading

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Beggs receives DAERA reply on Woodburn Fish Kill

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party MLA Roy Beggs has received an update from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) that the recent fish kill at Woodburn was most likely linked to faulty equipment used as part of the fish re-stocking process. Mr Beggs MLA contacted the Permanent Secretary in DAERA, stating, “There has been a fish kill at the public reservoir which supplies water to much of my East Antrim constituency.  DAERA are responsible for both re-stocking fish at the Woodburn reservoirs and for investigating fish kills and the potential of water pollution.  Given the key roles played by DAERA, I would ask for an urgent investigation to establish the cause of the fish kill at the Woodburn reservoirs.  Please advise if the re-stocking process caused the fish kill or identify an alternative cause.  Please also advise what lessons are being learned from this incident which is … Continue reading

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Beggs calls for urgent DAERA investigation into fish kill

Roy Beggs MLA has contacted the Department of Agriculture, Environment & the Rural Affairs seeking an urgent investigation to establish the cause of the fish kill at the Woodburn reservoirs.   Roy Beggs said, “The Woodburn Dams are the water source for most of East Antrim, from Newtownabbey, Carrickfergus and parts of Larne.  An urgent investigation is required by DAERA to identify the cause of the fish kill and to confirm whether or not it was caused by the re-stocking process, to re-assure the public about their water source. Drinking water must be protected and lessons need to be learned from this incident”. DAERA are responsible for both re-stocking fish at the Woodburn reservoirs and for investigating fish kills and the potential of water pollution.   Recently there was concern at the exploratory drilling within the water catchment area of the dams.

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Ulster Unionists call for less regulation and bureaucracy for farmers

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party MLA Roy Beggs Jr & Cllr Andrew Wilson who both have family connections to farming, called on the U.K. Government and any future NI Executive to reduce the stressful bureaucratic paperwork burden on farmers with any new support system replacing the EU Common Agricultural Policy. Mr Beggs MLA, UUP Health Spokesperson said “Work related stress is a significant issue and farming has been identified as a particularly high risk occupation.    The popular image that farming is a stress free rural life is unfortunately not always the case.  A recent survey involving farming families has revealed that bureaucracy paperwork required by DAERA was now causing even greater stress to farming families than the considerable financial pressures from their business.  Roy Beggs said, “A comprehensive overhaul of the administrative burdens facing farmers should be undertaken to a create more user-friendly and less weighty administrative system.” According to … Continue reading

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