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Roy Highlights Need for Pain Management Clinic in Northern Trust area

Beggs urges Northern Health Trust to appoint designated support staff for pain management clinics. East Antrim MLA Roy Beggs has called on the Northern Health & Social Care Trust to appoint designated support staff for pain management clinics, in line with other HSC Trusts in Northern Ireland. Mr Beggs said; “Pain management services are critical for the recovery of patients following illnesses, as well as those who suffer from chronic pain. It is therefore imperative that the service they provide is of the highest level. ‘I wrote to the Health Minister and asked him to break down by HSC Trust, the number of staff working in specialist pain services. The Northern HSC Trust was found to be the only Trust with no designated staff to support pain management consultants. This is not in line with other HSC Trusts who have at least one Specialist Nurse in order to assist the … Continue reading

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A&E Waiting Figures Fail NHS Targets

Roy Beggs MLA has said the latest statistics on waiting times in Accident and Emergency Departments within Northern Ireland’s hospitals make for disappointing reading. The new Ulster Unionist Party health spokesman highlighted the contrast between the A&E waiting times figures for hospitals in England and Northern Ireland in question time at Stormont this week. The East Antrim MLA has also highlighted the fact that the worst performing A&E is at Antrim Area Hospital. The East Antrim MLA pointed out to Health Minister Poots, “In England over 95 % of patients at type 1 A&Es (full time departments in acute hospitals) are seen within four hours, yet the latest published figures in NI shows only 77.7% are seen within 4 hours. In fact a large number of patients are treated after a wait of 12 hours or more.” Mr Beggs went on to urge the Minister to improve GP out of … Continue reading

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Roy Raises East Antrim Industrial Development Need at Stormont

Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs has warned the Stormont Executive not to again become complacent about job creation in East Antrim in the wake of the FG Wilson redundancy announcement.  He was commenting after receiving answered to questions he has posed in the Assembly on industrial land availability and visits from potential inward investors. During question time at Stormont, Mr Beggs asked the Enterprize minister Arlene Foster, “Will she accept that, if additional industrial development sites were developed, there would be an increased likelihood of some of the new jobs that are expected to come into Northern Ireland within the next number of months locating in Larne and that fresh opportunities would be developed for the subcontractors and the existing service sector that have suffered?” In response the Minister said “East Antrim is quite well catered for in industrial land when you look at the figures for it in comparison … Continue reading

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Speech on Health and Social Care in East Antrim

Adjourment debate, Stormont 2/10/12 Mr Beggs: I am pleased to have secured this Adjournment debate on health and social care in East Antrim. The reason that I wanted to secure it can be summed up in one word: equality. Are my East Antrim constituents getting equal treatment when it comes to accessing health and social care provision? I am concerned that many are not. I will set out the context for the debate. The last time that we debated an East Antrim-specific health topic in the Assembly was February 2008. At that time, the context was a consultation document that the Northern Health and Social Services Board had issued on replacing services in Inver House in Larne. This time, the context is the ‘Transforming Your Care’ report, also known as the Compton report, which was published last December. I will speak on some of its implications later. I will also … Continue reading

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Progress on Government Plan to tackle Mobile Phone Blackspots on Coast Road

East Antrim UUP MLA Roy Beggs has welcomed clarification from the Minister for Culture, Communication & Creative Industries regarding the implications of the Chancellor of the Exchequer budget statement regarding improving mobile coverage along the A2 Coast Road. Roy Beggs MLA said ‘I welcome confirmation from Ed Vaizey MP Minister for Culture, Communication & Creative Industries that the Antrim Coast Road which forms part of the A2 will receive central government investment to upgrade mobile coverage to eliminate as many black spots as possible. Tourism becoming increasingly important and more and more visitors are utilizing smart phone technology and even locally developed apps to enhance the visitor’s experience. This investment in the A2 will enhance the tourism product and hopefully assist in encouraging more visitor nights and money spent in local restaurants and other local facilities. In addition to enhancing the local economy this new investment will also go some … Continue reading

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