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MLA’s call to ‘highlight benefits of breastfeeding’

More needs to be done to highlight the benefits of breastfeeding to expectant mothers, East Antrim MLA and UUP health spokesperson Roy Beggs has said. Mr Beggs was speaking during was the recent Breastival event in Belfast, organised to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week. “The World Health Organisation (WHO) have expressed concern at the low rates of breastfeeding in Europe which was adversely affecting health,” he said. “There seems to be a societal lack of awareness that breastfeeding has been scientifically proven to benefit both the mother and child. As well as increasing bonding between mother and child, breastmilk contains important antibodies, hormones, anti-viruses, anti-allergies, anti-parasites, growth factors and enzymes which are absent from formula milk. “Benefits for breastfed infants include reduced risk of infections, obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, in addition to a reduced likelihood of allergies. It is important that we as a society try to encourage and support … Continue reading

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Register for childcare vouchers scheme – Beggs

East Antrim MLA Roy Beggs has urged constituents to ensure that they are registered for childcare vouchers, with the scheme due to close to new entrants on October 4. This could mean that new parents and working families not registered before then, in addition to those who switch jobs after October, stand to lose out on up to £933 each year. “It is important that the message gets out to the community that the six-month extension from March 2018 is coming to an end and the deadline for new entrants is fast approaching,” the UUP representative said. “I would urge working parent constituents to contact the Employers for Childcare charity helpline 0800 028 3008 or email hello@employersforchildcare.org.” A spokesperson from Employers for Childcare added: “It’s imperative that we make as many working parents aware that they must register now and make one salary sacrifice before October 4. “This is the … Continue reading

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Register for childcare vouchers scheme – Beggs – Larne Times

East Antrim MLA Roy Beggs has urged constituents to ensure that they are registered for childcare vouchers, with the scheme due to close to new entrants on October 4. This could mean that new parents and working families not registered before then, in addition to those who switch jobs after October, stand to lose out on up to £933 each year. “It is important that the message gets out to the community that the six-month extension from March 2018 is coming to an end and the deadline for new entrants is fast approaching,” the UUP representative said. “I would urge working parent constituents to contact the Employers for Childcare charity helpline 0800 028 3008 or email hello@employersforchildcare.org.” A spokesperson from Employers for Childcare added: “It’s imperative that we make as many working parents aware that they must register now and make one salary sacrifice before October 4. “This is the … Continue reading

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Politicians call for ‘Billy’s Law’ in Northern Ireland

Cannabis treatment: Billy Caldwell By Staff Reporter August 8 2018 The Co Tyrone mother of a teenager with epilepsy is calling for a new ‘Billy’s Law’ to be introduced in Northern Ireland. Charlotte Caldwell successfully led a campaign to get medicinal cannabis laws changed in Britain after her son Billy’s medicine was confiscated at Heathrow Airport on June 11. Now a cross-party group of politicians will gather at Stormont to push for the law to be changed here. The Castlederg woman said that while families in Britain can expect to be seamlessly prescribed medicinal cannabis by specialist doctors, as announced by Home Secretary Sajid Javid, those here have to apply for several licences before they can receive the life-changing medication. Ms Caldwell said: “Such decisions should be agreed by a Northern Irish Assembly, but as there is currently no government in Northern Ireland, the matter cannot be a devolved decision. … Continue reading

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Northern Ireland ‘being left behind’ in new organ donation system

Welcome: Roy Beggs By Staff Reporter August 6 2018 Northern Ireland will soon be the only part of the UK without an opt-out organ donation system, the Ulster Unionists have warned. UUP health spokesman Roy Beggs MLA yesterday welcomed the announcement from the Government that a new system for organ donation will be in place across England by 2020. The plan shifts the balance of presumption in favour of organ donation, with an opt-out for those who do not wish to take part, the Department of Health and Social Care said. The changes will be known as Max’s Law after Max Johnson, a 10-year-old boy whose life was saved by a heart transplant. But Mr Beggs warned that unless it is also extended here, Northern Ireland will soon be the only part of the UK without an opt-out system. “Organ donation is one of the most selfless acts of kindness … Continue reading

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