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No Health Minister… but Northern Ireland A&E waiting times better

Michelle O’Neill was the former Health Minister. Emergency care waiting times in Northern Ireland have improved this year – despite Northern Ireland having no Health Minister. Figures released yesterday by the Department of Health showed a slight improvement in attendance figures for March compared to a year ago. In March 2017, 68,418 patients attended AE departments – a 2.7% increase from the previous year. UUP MLA Roy Beggs called the figures “an overdue step in the right direction”. But he also claimed it exposed how “negligible and ineffective” the policies of previous Health Minister Michelle O’Neill had been. Over two-thirds (70.2%) of the most severe Type 1 emergencies were treated and discharged within four hours of arrival – 1.6% higher than March last year. The average waiting time for Type 1 patients was two hours, 27 minutes for those discharged home. For those admitted to hospital, the time was five … Continue reading

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No Health Minister… but Northern Ireland A&E waiting times better …

Michelle O’Neill was the former Health Minister. Emergency care waiting times in Northern Ireland have improved this year – despite Northern Ireland having no Health Minister. Figures released yesterday by the Department of Health showed a slight improvement in attendance figures for March compared to a year ago. In March 2017, 68,418 patients attended AE departments – a 2.7% increase from the previous year. UUP MLA Roy Beggs called the figures “an overdue step in the right direction”. But he also claimed it exposed how “negligible and ineffective” the policies of previous Health Minister Michelle O’Neill had been. Over two-thirds (70.2%) of the most severe Type 1 emergencies were treated and discharged within four hours of arrival – 1.6% higher than March last year. The average waiting time for Type 1 patients was two hours, 27 minutes for those discharged home. For those admitted to hospital, the time was five … Continue reading

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UUP’s Beggs calls for ‘rule of law, not of the jungle’ after spate of Larne arsons linked to feud

Frank discussion: MLA Roy Beggs The “rule of law not the rule of the jungle” is required in Larne amid fears that someone will end up dead in the wake of multiple arson attacks in the town, community representatives have said. East Antrim MLA Roy Beggs spoke out after a delegation of UUP representatives met with Superintendent Darrin Jones, the new District Commander for Mid and East Antrim, and senior PSNI officers. The meeting discussed the high-profile criminal feud which has led to a series of arson attacks in the town since Easter. The most recent incident on Sunday involved a car being driven into the front of a house on the town’s Killyglen Road and set on fire. In a separate incident earlier that week, a car was driven backwards into a hair salon on the town’s Main Street and set on fire, causing extensive damage to the business. … Continue reading

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UUP’s Beggs calls for ‘rule of law, not of the jungle’ after spate of Larne arsons linked to feud

Frank discussion: MLA Roy Beggs The “rule of law not the rule of the jungle” is required in Larne amid fears that someone will end up dead in the wake of multiple arson attacks in the town, community representatives have said. East Antrim MLA Roy Beggs spoke out after a delegation of UUP representatives met with Superintendent Darrin Jones, the new District Commander for Mid and East Antrim, and senior PSNI officers. The meeting discussed the high-profile criminal feud which has led to a series of arson attacks in the town since Easter. The most recent incident on Sunday involved a car being driven into the front of a house on the town’s Killyglen Road and set on fire. In a separate incident earlier that week, a car was driven backwards into a hair salon on the town’s Main Street and set on fire, causing extensive damage to the business. … Continue reading

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Ulster Unionists meet police over Larne arson attacks

A delegation of local Ulster Unionist Party representatives has met senior PSNI officers at Larne Police Station to discuss an alleged “criminal feud” which has led to ten arson attacks in the town since Easter. Ulster Unionist MLAs Roy Beggs and John Stewart, together with Alderman Maureen Morrow and Cllr Andy Wilson met the new District Commander for Mid and East Antrim Superintendent Darrin Jones and senior officers. In a statement, Roy Beggs MLA said: “Our meeting with the PSNI was an opportunity for some frank discussion about the recent arson attacks, assaults and crime in the Larne area. “The Ulster Unionist Party backs the rule of law and not the rule of the jungle and we will remain totally supportive of the PSNI as they continue to try and combat the ongoing issues. We were given details of the additional police resources and patrolling that have been committed to … Continue reading

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