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Press Releases by Roy Beggs

Beggs welcomes additional health funding

Ulster Unionist health spokesperson, Roy Beggs MLA, has welcomed the announcement of an additional £3m to help tackle winter pressures. Roy Beggs said: “Increased winter pressures on our emergency departments are not unusual – it’s traditionally the busiest time of year for our hospitals. In addition to seasonal health pressures, we also have a rising prevalence of long-term conditions and an ageing population requiring increased medical intervention and access to hospital beds. “Whilst the recruitment of extra staff for domiciliary care and increasing the number of packages available are very positive steps which should both help enable patients to leave hospital faster, the reality is they would have had a far greater impact if they had instead been planned months ago and before the busy period started “Thankfully, the Health Department is right to say that the latest data shows that hospital emergency departments in recent weeks are performing better … Continue reading

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Beggs hits out as key cancer targets missed in Northern Trust

Ulster Unionist Health Spokesperson, Roy Beggs MLA, has warned that the unprecedented crisis in local hospital waiting times is compromising the safety of patients right across Northern Ireland. He was commenting after Department of Health statistics revealed that at the end of September 2018, a total of 283,497 local patients were waiting for a first consultant-led outpatient appointment, and that over 92,000 of those had been waiting for longer than 52 weeks. Roy Beggs said: “Formal targets for treatment across all patient types and specialties exist because it is medically accepted that the longer patients are forced to wait for treatment, the greater the harm they may ultimately come to. “The number of people who are waiting far longer than even the maximum permitted time is at an unprecedented and terrifyingly high level. “Never before in the history of Northern Ireland have so many people been waiting, and for such … Continue reading

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Medical staffing shortage reveals vulnerability in local system – Beggs

Medical staffing shortage reveals vulnerability in local system – Beggs Ulster Unionist Health Spokesperson, Roy Beggs MLA, has said it is ridiculous that the Department of Health believes it must choose between training the right number of doctors or cutting local services. Roy Beggs said: “Northern Ireland has an acute and growing problem of a shortage of key medical personnel. As demand grows, the shortage of doctors will only continue to get worse, making an already difficult problem even more pronounced with every passing year. “It’s been known for some time that we’re in the midst of a workforce crisis in the local health service. There are over 7,000 vacancies across the system and a worrying number of them are for key consultant, GP and nursing posts. “The current problems are a direct result of the failure to workforce plan, combined with the opportunistic actions of private healthcare recruitment agencies. … Continue reading

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Beggs condemns weekend Antiville arson attack

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Assemblyman Roy Beggs has condemned those behind an arson attack which took place on Saturday evening in the Antiville area of Larne. Roy Beggs said; “Someone could have been seriously injured during this arson attack on Saturday night which saw extensive fire damage caused to a house in Antiville. I was relieved to learn that the residents escaped without injury. An arson attack on a residential home could result in a fatality and also could easily spread to neighbouring properties, endangering the homes and lives of neighbours. I would urge the community to come forward and help the PSNI with their investigations. If you think you saw something that could help find out who was responsible for this arson attack, call the PSNI on 101 or alternatively call the anonymous Crime Stoppers number on 0800 555 111.”

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Beggs warns that patient safety being increasingly compromised as a result of unprecedented delays

Ulster Unionist Health Spokesperson, Roy Beggs MLA, has warned that the unprecedented crisis in local hospital waiting times is compromising the safety of patients right across Northern Ireland. He was commenting after Department of Health statistics revealed that at the end of September 2018, a total of 283,497 local patients were waiting for a first consultant-led outpatient appointment, and that over 92,000 of those had been waiting for longer than 52 weeks. Roy Beggs said: “Formal targets for treatment across all patient types and specialties exist because it is medically accepted that the longer patients are forced to wait for treatment, the greater the harm they may ultimately come to. “The number of people who are waiting far longer than even the maximum permitted time is at an unprecedented and terrifyingly high level. “Never before in the history of Northern Ireland have so many people been waiting, and for such long … Continue reading

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