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Northern Ireland ambulances missing 999 target times

Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs has released figures showing a dangerous deterioration in ambulance response times, which he said is “putting public safety at risk” (stock photo) By Lisa Smyth April 16 2018 Ambulance crews are failing to meet official targets for patients with life-threatening conditions in two out of three cases, it has been claimed. Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs has released figures showing a dangerous deterioration in ambulance response times, which he said is “putting public safety at risk”. According to Mr Beggs, only 39% of paramedics arrived to category A calls – the most serious – within eight minutes in January this year. “This is far below the target of 72.5% and a drop of 12% compared to the same period 12 months earlier,” he said. The release of the statistics is the latest blow for the struggling NI Ambulance Service (NIAS), which has come under fire … Continue reading

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Ambulance response times continuing to deteriorate – Beggs

Ulster Unionist Health Spokesperson, Roy Beggs MLA, has warned that the continuing deterioration in ambulance response times is putting public safety at risk. His warning came after he discovered that during January 2018 only 39% of Category A calls were responded to within 8 minutes, far below the target of 72.5%, and a drop of 12% compared to the same period 12 months earlier. Roy Beggs said: “The importance of ambulances and paramedics arriving on time really 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 harm. “The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service itself describes Category A calls as ‘the most serious calls, where there is, potentially, an immediate threat to life.’ “It is outrageous therefore, that whilst the official target is that 72.5% should be responded to within 8 minutes; in January 2018 … Continue reading

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Greenisland House to open in May – Beggs

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party MLA Roy Beggs has welcomed an update he received from Choice Housing relating to the keenly anticipated opening of Greenisland house, which states that the building will be ready for occupation from Monday 14th May 2018. Roy Beggs MLA said “I am advised by Choice Housing that the £4.2m dementia friendly supportive living accommodation at Greenisland House provided in conjunction with the NHSCT and Triangle will be ready for occupation on the 14th May, with 15 tenants waiting to take up occupancy and a further 6 households to be made an offer of accommodation. I had pressed for investment in supported living at the Greenisland House site when the residential care home at the same location closed its doors a number of years ago. This announcement is a welcome investment in supported living at Greenisland House within East Antrim and I am pleased that the … Continue reading

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NHS has forked out £7m on gluten-free foods in Northern Ireland

The health service in Northern Ireland has dished out almost £7million worth of gluten-free products free on prescription, it can be revealed By Victoria Leonard April 2 2018 The health service in Northern Ireland has dished out almost £7million worth of gluten-free products free on prescription, it can be revealed. The products, which include loaves, pizza crusts, rolls, flour and bread and cake mixes, are available on prescription under the Northern Ireland Drug Tariff. In total, £6,991,825 was spent on the foodstuffs from 2013 to 2017. A spokesman for the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) said that the products are prescribed for patients who are “diagnosed with gluten-sensitive enteropathy with coexisting established wheat sensitivity.” She added: “The Advisory Committee on Borderline Substances (ACBS) recommends products for inclusion on the basis that they may be regarded as drugs for the treatment of specified condition.” UUP MLA Roy Beggs has called … Continue reading

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Northern Ireland’s cancer patients ‘let down’ by waiting times

80.7% of patients were seen by a breast cancer specialist for a first assessment following an urgent referral for suspect breast cancer within 14 days. This target fell compared to same period in 2016 (stock photo) By Cate McCurry March 30 2018 A third of patients with suspected cancer are being forced to wait too long for treatment as waiting times continue to deteriorate. The latest waiting time figures show that only 66.7% of patients with an urgent referral for suspected cancer started treatment within 62 days during October until December last year. All of Northern Ireland’s health trusts missed the waiting time target of 95% for the last quarter in 2017. Cancer Research UK described it as “extremely disappointing” and said patients are being “let down”. The latest figures show that in December 2017, 348 patients commenced first treatment for cancer following an urgent referral for suspect cancer. Of … Continue reading

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