Category Archives: This Week at Stormont

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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Beggs condemns barbaric attack in Larne

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party Assemblyman Roy Beggs has condemned the brutal attack that occurred late last night (Sunday) in the Woodvale area of Larne. Roy Beggs MLA said “I strongly condemn this barbaric and brutal attack which I understand has left the victim with life changing injuries. In a democratic society, we should rely on the police and the justice system, and with this in mind I would urge the community to contact the PSNI on 101, quoting reference 1577 16/09/18 if they can help with investigations. You can also pass on information through the anonymous Crimestoppers contact number 0800 783 0137.” Ends

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Beggs welcomes changes to cancer drugs funding

Ulster Unionist Health Spokesperson, Roy Beggs MLA, has welcomed the announcement that cancer patients here are to have the same access to drugs currently being offered to people in the rest of the UK. Roy Beggs said: “It was simply immoral that people living here have not been able to avail of many of the life extending cancer drugs that were available and widely prescribed in the rest of the UK. “It was a post code lottery and unfortunately Northern Ireland was on the losing side for far too long. “Whilst sadly the number of people being diagnosed with cancer is increasing year on year, so too are the advancements in drugs that can help cure or at least extend patients’ lives. “It is disappointing that the announcement has taken so long, especially as the consultation ended over three years ago, but for patients moving forward at long last some degree of … Continue reading

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Beggs calls for implementation of latest bowel cancer screening programme

Ulster Unionist Party Health Spokesperson Roy Beggs MLA has contacted the Department of Health Permanent Secretary Richard Pengelly highlighting that Northern Ireland has fallen behind the rest of the United Kingdom by  failing, as of yet, to introduce the latest bowel cancer screening technique, Faecal Immunochemical Testing. East Antrim MLA Roy Beggs said “I am concerned that Northern Ireland has not yet implemented the latest approved bowel cancer screening technique, Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT).  Scotland introduced FIT for 50-74 from November 2017; England is due to roll out the test by the end of this year and Wales from January 2019.  ” Both Wales and England have recently committed to begin screening from 50 in line with international best practise. Roy Beggs MLA continued, “More than 1,100 people are diagnosed with Bowel Cancer every year, and it is Northern Ireland’s second biggest cancer killer.   I am concerned that Bowel Cancer … Continue reading

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