Category Archives: Assembly And Executive Review Committee
Ulster Unionist Health spokesperson, Roy Beggs MLA has called on Health Department Permanent Secretary, Richard Pengelly, to provide an explanation as to why only £15 million of extra funds for the health service is being drawn down. Roy Beggs MLA said: “The decision to only draw down £20million (£15m for Health and £5m for Education) of an available £50million to help deal with immediate pressures in health and education is one that will require further explanation. “The de-facto Health Minister, Permanent Secretary Richard Pengelly, needs to outline why, given the length of waiting lists and demand on the health service, only £15million will be accessed in this financial year and what the plans are for the remaining money. Is it a case that this is still an administration that can’t spend the money it’s given? “Our health service needs certainty and that will not come without a Minister at the … Continue reading
Roy Beggs MLA has expressed his concern at further job losses in the Manufacturing sector with the Caterpillar announcement. Roy Beggs said, “The recent job losses announced by Caterpillar should be of concern to everyone. This has come on the back of the closure of Michelin and JTI in nearby Ballymena factories which will also result in local job losses. The loss of valuable, skilled manufacturing jobs will have also have a significant secondary knock on effect. The Ulster Unionists have been highlighting the absence of a NI Manufacturing Strategy. Roy Beggs said, “The NI Executive have failed to produce a Manufacturing Strategy to recognise and address the needs of industry. Whilst the recent job losses at Caterpillar have been attributed to current market conditions, the NI Executive needs to recognise the importance of manufacturing industry and produce a Manufacturing Strategy that will help to protect and sustain manufacturing jobs.” … Continue reading
Ulster Unionist Party MLA Roy Beggs has given blood on the 15th June at Stormont as part of a blood drive by The Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service. Mr Beggs said “I always make an effort to give blood – it is vital that we do all we can to help the Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service, and I was glad to be able to help by donating blood on World Donor Day. Some 40% of blood donations is required to help those fighting cancer and 8% for those caught up in an accident. You never know when you, your family or friends may be affected by an illness or accident and the medical treatment requires blood donation. I would urge everyone to consider blood donation.