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.
Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case
Date Published: 07-May-2013
The High Court is hearing arguments from the state in an action brought by two VEC bosses who are challenging the loss of an annual allowance worth 12 and a half thousand euro.
Former president of the GAA Joe McDonagh who’s the CEO of County Galway VEC and Dr Katie Sweeney, CEO of Mayo VEC, say a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance should not have been cut, even though that part of their role no longer operates.
Lawyers for the Department of Education deny the allowance is part of their pay.
The case is in the context of planned changes within the VEC system under the Croke Park agreement.
Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska
Date Published: 09-May-2013
A hotel in the city is to be changed into a community facility.
Planning permission has been granted to DRA Community Development Company Limited to redevelop the ‘Racing Lodge Hotel’ in Doughiska.
It’s planned to use the building for community, educational and pastoral use.
Planners have attached 4 conditions to the development, including the stipulation that all uses at the building be on a not-for-profit basis.
Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
City Councillor Michael Crowe is calling on the Transport Minister Leo Vradkar to urgently intervene to end strike action by Bus Eireann in Galway.
Major travel disruption is expected in Galway and nationwide as the national strike enters its second day.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing their picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city.
It’s understood up to 80 Galway workers took part in the picket on rotational rosters yesterday.
Speaking on Galway Talks, City Cllr Michael Crowe said Minister Vradkar needs to take urgent action to intervene so that transport services can be restored.