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BUDGET & STAFF CUTS BUT WAITING TIMES CUT AT GALWAY HOSPITALS

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 26-Jan-2013

Despite staff and budgetsbeing cuts public hospitals in Galway and Roscommon dealt with more patients and cut waiting times for most procedures during the past year.

Figures presented at this month’s meeting of the Galway and Roscommon University Hospital Group showed an increas of 10 per cent in day cases, 4 per cent in outpaitent appointments, a 2 per cent increase at emergency departments and inpatient numbers up by 1 per cent.

The Galway-based public hospitals group met the Department of Health’s target for inpatient waiting lists that no adult should wait longer than 9 months, children no longer than 20 weeks and people requiring scopes being seen within 13 weeks.

Progress was made regarding the length of time patients had to wait for admission at the emergency departments (ED) in Galway hospitals.

In February there were on average 24 patients waiting for admission at 8am and by November this number had reduced to 12.

Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, made greater strides,even though the numbers at the emergency department increased,from 21,229 in 2011 to 22,892 last year. In December on average over 89% of patients attending the ED in Portiuncula were seen and discharged within 6 hours.

The hospital groups budget was cut by 25 million Euro to 287 million Euro and staff numbers were reduced by 105 on the figure for 2011 to 3,900 with absenteeism down to 4.69 per cent last year from 5.16 per cent in 2011.

 

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.

That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.

The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.

Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.

Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.

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Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.

A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.

Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.

Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.

Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.

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Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 12-May-2013

The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.

There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.

Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.

Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.

Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.

The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.

However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.

Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.

 

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