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Health budget for 2018/19 needs to be set – Beggs

Following the additional £40m to alleviate Health pressures, East Antrim Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs has highlighted the need for a 2018/19 budget to be put in place and the predicted Health pressures of around £430m to be addressed. Roy Beggs MLA, UUP Health Spokesperson said: “It was welcome news from the NHSCT on Friday that the 2 rehabilitation wards at Whiteabbey Hospital have received a reprieve in this financial year and that domiciliary care cuts will not be made. Indeed, the Northern Trust advise that all of their major/controversial proposals apart from car parking charges, will not be implemented. Annual costs for health care go up by around 6% each year so the reality is millions of additional funds need to be secured for health care to stand still. “With the potential for additional health budget pressures of £430m next year, additional resources and reforms in healthcare will be … Continue reading

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Beggs urges public to come forward with information to the PSNI relating to Larne murder investigation

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party MLA Roy Beggs has spoken of his shock at the discovery of a man’s body in a house in Larne on Monday (9th October). Roy Beggs MLA said “It is shocking to learn of the death in the Larne area – the local community will rightfully be stunned at this death and the murder investigation that is taking place. If anyone has information relating to the murder investigation of locally named man Laurence Shaw, who was found in Hillmount Gardens on Monday, contact the PSNI on 101 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”

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Beggs welcomes new paramilitary taskforce

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party Assemblyman Roy Beggs has outlined his support for a new joint taskforce that is to be created to tackle crime by paramilitary groups. The MLA has consistently spoken out against both republican and loyalist paramilitary organised crime in recent years. Roy Beggs MLA said, “For too long now, paramilitaries from both the republican and loyalist persuasions, have operated beyond the rapprochement of law and order in our communities. Their illegal actions and resultant intimidation, drug misuse, extortion, loan sharking, punishment attacks, gun crime, arson and other organised criminal activity should not be tolerated in a lawful society.” Mr Beggs, a recent member of the Justice Committee at Stormont, has a record of consistently speaking out in opposition to all forms of paramilitarism through the media and on record at Stormont. “As an elected representative for East Antrim, I have witnessed at first hand the damage … Continue reading

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Beggs attends NHSCT public meeting in Newtownabbey to discuss £13.2m cuts

Speaking following a public meeting at Mossley Mill in relation to the proposed cuts to the NHSCT budget totalling £13.2m, Roy Beggs MLA said “the proposal to close the 2 re-habitation wards at Whiteabbey Hospital would have huge damaging implications for Antrim Hospital itself as patients would continue to occupy acute beds at Antrim. This is being proposed alongside a reduction in nursing/residential packages and home care and would contribute to bed blocking. Fewer new patients would be able to be treated at Antrim and the already acceptably long waiting lists would get even longer.” Specialist rehabilitation staff at Whiteabbey highlighted that there was not space at Antrim for their bulky, specialist equipment which aided recovery and so patients would have a slower recovery from their condition. Roy Beggs MLA urged for cuts to health administration at the Health Department, the HSC Board and questioned the need for 5 Health … Continue reading

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Tragic reality is patients are coming to harm as a result of the crisis in the health service

Ulster Unionist Health Spokesperson, Roy Beggs MLA, has warned that patients are coming to harm as a result of the deteriorating situation in the local health service. Roy Beggs said: “Official targets exist for treatment across all patient types and specialities because it is medically accepted that the longer people are forced to wait for treatment, the greater harm they may ultimately come to. The number of people who are waiting far longer than is medically safe has now grown to an unprecedented and terrifying level. The tragic reality is we have now crossed the point beyond which people will be coming to avoidable harm as a result of the delays they are facing. “It is outrageous that so many people are being forced to wait so long for treatment. Even after the maximum waiting time target was cruelly increased last year from 18 weeks to 52 weeks, there is … Continue reading

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