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CORONER RAISES QUESTIONS OVER RETROSPECTIVE NOTES IN MEDICAL RECORDS

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 10-Apr-2013

Cross-examination of consultant obstetrician Dr Katherine Astbury has now concluded.

Galway bay fm reports day three of the inquest resumed at 2pm where the consultant’s legal representative Eileen Barrington continued her earlier questions.

Eileen Barrington earlier referred to medical council guidelines and a paragraph which she said states that abortion is illegal in Ireland except when there is a real and substantial risk to the mother.

She explained this was on the balance of probability of 51% where there is a risk to the life, as opposed to the health,of the mother.

In this afternoon’s session the coroner raised concern about retrospective notes in medical records.

He asked if it was a good idea to have everybody working in the same document and added that if nurses had their own document , there would be no need to write retrospective notes.

Dr. Astbury said it’s to allow continuity so that you can see what is happening with the patient.

The coroner said it was very difficult to follow and when he asked the consultant could she see a failing, she said ‘yes’.

HSE Senior Counsel for the HSE Declan Buckely said he understands it’s so that all the care is in one book.

The consultant has now concluded her statement evidence.

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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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