Debates on abortion are making up a large part of the annual gathering of the Irish College of GPs being held in Galway city
Several motions call on the Government to legislate for abortion in the case of rape, incest or non-viable foetal anomalies.
Junior Health Minister Alex White is addressing the conference which is also highlighting the fact that a plan to introduce free GP care for people with long term illnesses was meant to be in place by March of last year
The Government says are legal problems are delaying the plan
Meanwhile, an organisation supporting the needs of gay, lesbian and bisexual people has welcomed the publication of new guidelines for GPs, in treating lesbian, gay and bisexual patients.
The document was launched today at the gathering of GPs in the Radisson Hotel
The group GLEN says many lesbian, gay or bisexual people are reluctant to disclose their sexuality to their GP – even where this is relevant to their care or treatment.
22 new cases of Covid-19 in Galway with 306 new cases nationwide and 1 additional death
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1 additional death related to COVID-19.
There has been a total of 2,053 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.
As of midnight Sunday 29th November, the HPSC has been notified of 306 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 72,544 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
Of the cases notified today;
- 156 are men / 148 are women
- 67% are under 45 years of age
- The median age is 35 years old
- 108 in Dublin, 30 in Limerick, 22 in Galway, 17 in Donegal, 15 in Wicklow, 14 in Cork and the remaining 100 cases are spread across 18 other counties.
As of 2pm today 244 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 31 are in ICU. 3 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.
*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 3 confirmed cases. The figure of 72,544 confirmed cases reflects this.
Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 30 November 2020) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)
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Drug offences account for main increase in crime across county Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Drug offences accounted for the largest increase in crime across the county so far this year.
The issue arose at this afternoon’s meeting of the County Joint Policing Committee.
The latest Garda statistics revealed a 46% increase in the sale and supply of drugs with 51 offences recorded from January to October this year.
Simple possession also saw a 9% increase with 140 offences recorded in the period.
Cannabis accounted for the largest seizure year to date valued at over 223 thousand euro.
This is followed by heroin at almost 142 thousand euro.
Cocaine valued at over 83 thousand euro was seized in the 10 month period.
Garda Chief Superintendent Tom Curley told this week’s meeting of the joint policing committee that the increase in heroin is a concerning one and is due to a number of seizures valued in the 30 to 40 thousand euro category.
He said such a rise usually means an increase in crime and as such is being monitored very closely.
Galway hospitals record lowest daily number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in over two weeks
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway hospitals have recorded the lowest daily number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in over two weeks.
According to HSE figures, there are just two patients being treated for the virus at UHG today, while Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe is reporting no confirmed cases.
These represent the lowest daily figures for the county since November 10th, when there was also just two confirmed cases.
Meanwhile, five patients are being treated for suspected cases of the virus in Galway hospitals this afternoon – with four at UHG and one at Portiuncula.
Nationwide, 257 Coronavirus patients are being treated in acute hospitals, while a further 104 hospital patients are waiting on Covid-19 test results.
30 of these patients are attending ICU, including 17 who are being treated on ventilators.