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Alliance East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson, has welcomed the latest research commissioned by Macmillan Cancer Support which reveals that the number of specialist adult cancer nurses in Northern Ireland is failing to keep pace with the growing number of patients diagnosed with cancer.

 

Stewart Dickson MLA said: “This leading cancer charity has commissioned the first UK-wide census of the specialist adult cancer workforce, which reveals that the numbers of Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) here have grown by just 2% since the last survey of this kind was carried out in 2011.  

 

Mr Dickson concluded: “I believe there is a definite need for these new acute Oncology Teams to include CNS, and if we are to meet the needs of the growing number of people affected by cancer, then care will have to change with CNS playing a key role”.

 

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East Antrim Alliance Party MLA, Stewart Dickson, joins the Energy Saving Trust during Big Energy Saving Week in trying to encourage householders to start taking more control of their energy bills, particularly as three quarters of us are still worried about our energy bills.

Patrick Thompson from the Energy Saving Trust, said: “Rightfully hundreds of thousands of householders are confused by their heating controls because, let’s be honest, it can be a bit of a minefield. There are plenty of myths out there and it’s no wonder people aren’t getting it right. We are urging customers to learn about the myths, check their tariff, switch suppliers and insulate their homes.” 

Mr Dickson said: “We can now ‘shop around’ in Northern Ireland for our energy supply for the cheapest energy deal and switch suppliers. The number of suppliers is growing and that alone should encourage greater competition which helps drive down prices. Also, some of the myths surrounding energy and control use are nearly unbelievable: 

  • MYTH 1: Turn the heating up when it’s cold outside. Half of us turn the thermostat up when it’s cold outside. A home shouldn’t need this as the thermostat is there to maintain the home temperature whatever the weather.
  • MYTH 2: Turn up the thermostat to heat the room quicker. Over a third of us turn the room thermostat up when we want the room to heat up quicker. This does not help a room become warmer any quicker and only heats the home to a warmer temperature.
  • MYTH 3: Leave the heating on low constantly. Thirty-eight per cent of us think it is more energy efficient to leave the heating turned on at a low temperature constantly, rather than turn it on and off. This means these homes are heated when no-one is there to benefit and then the home is too cold when people are in the home.
  • MYTH 4: Hot water runs out if you stop feeding the tank. Nearly a third of us leave the water heating on all the time to make sure they never run out of hot water, which could be costing far more on energy bills than necessary.
  • MYTH 5: Keep electric storage heaters on all the time. Few people with electric storage heaters fully understand how they work (only 38%). This means that households with electric heating could be paying through the nose by not taking advantage of cheaper night rate electricity.


Mr Dickson went on to say: “If householders in the three councils that are coming together to make up Mid & East Antrim applied a sensible energy regime of Turning down the thermostat in overheated rooms they could save a collective veritable fortune of £8,440,000 and 25,800 tonnes of CO2 per year. That’s £3,880,000 in Ballymena, £2,560,000 in Carrickfergus and £2,000,000 in Larne – its absolutely staggering”.

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Stewart Dickson MLA said:  “I am delighted to welcome LifeCycles and the Mayur Indian Restaurant into the town centre.  These new businesses are a fantastic addition to the on-going regeneration of Carrick Town Centre.

“Lifecycles.bike Coffee House is an innovative new business, which is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland.  While offering bicycle sales and repairs it also has a Cyclist’s Café, which offers quality coffee and light bites available to all.

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Mr Dickson continued: “The Mayur Indian Restaurant offers an impressive 50-plus seater restaurant, overlooking the harbour and Carrick Castle; it is the only seated Indian Restaurant in the town centre.

Mr Dickson concluded:  “I wish both these businesses every success and I look forward to Carrickfergus having a long and prosperous partnership with them.

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