Date Published: 25-May-2011
The hospitals in Galway and Roscommon have already overspent by €12m in the first four months of the year – while at the same time there remain outstanding claims for private patients due in from insurance companies of €8.5m.
It was not only the dire financial situation which emerged at this week’s Regional Health Forum West meeting. The shocking state of the hospitals’ waiting lists was also revealed – between Galway’s major two major hospitals there were 30,000 patients languishing in an invisible queue for treatment.
Liam Minihan, Assistant National Director of Finance for HSE West, told councillors that University Hospital Galway (UHG), Merlin Park, Portiuncula and Roscommon have between them spent €214m, instead of the €202m budgeted for.
Across the HSE West region, there was a deficit of €34.6m.
The main areas for the overspend was in drugs and medicines, medical and surgical supplies and professional services.
Savings in the region had been made of €5.6m in office expenses. Income was €8.5m behind budget, mainly because of arrears in payments from insurance companies.
Mr Minihan said a major income collection project is underway focused on the backlog of claims not yet submitted to the insurance companies due to the absence of consultants’ signature, claims pended by the insurance companies for various reasons and making better use of our private bed resources.
Savings of around €14m are also expected for the rest of the year due to a national procurement cost reduction programme. Savings of €4.6m would be made on stock.
See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.