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Demand for Saolta bosses to attend city forum to answer for ‘shocking’ report into Portiuncula maternity services

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The CEO and Clinical Director of the Saolta Hospital Group are being urged to attend this month’s meeting of the HSE Health Forum – to address ‘shocking’ failings in maternity services at Portiuncula Hospital.
That’s according to forum member and city councillor Padraig Conneely, who says someone must be held accountable for the findings of an independent report published last evening.
It found that serious errors in management occurred in ten cases, that would have probably made a difference to the outcome for the babies concerned.
Of the 18 cases reviewed overall, six involved situations where the baby had died.
Councillor Conneely says Saolta CEO Maurice Power – and Clinical Director Pat Nash – must attend the May meeting of the Health Forum West in the coming weeks.
He’s sent a letter to both officials demanding their presence at the meeting at Merlin Park on Tuesday May 22nd.
Cllr Conneely has previously been critical of CEO Maurice Power for not attending the gatherings.
Speaking to NewsBreak, he says he’s eager to put some vital questions to the officials on behalf of the public.

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Three nights of road resurfacing works to commence in Loughrea town this evening

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Three nights of road resurfacing works are set to commence in Loughrea town this evening.

Galway County Council is advising motorists and local residents that the works will take place between 7.30 pm and 7am on the R446 Bride Street from this evening through until to Saturday morning.

In order to facilitate these works a Stop/Go temporary traffic management system will be in operation on the section of R446.

As a consequence road users are being asked to expect delays and allow additional time for their journeys.

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Galway Garda Chief questioned on use of spit hoods

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Galway Garda Chief Superintendent has been questioned on the use of spit hoods in the county.

Galway West Independent TD Catherine Connolly raised the issue at this week’s meeting of the Joint Policing Committee.

Tom Curley confirmed spit hoods have been used in Galway.

However the Garda Chief said he could not go into cases as many are pending before the courts.

He also told the meeting that since March, between 60 to 70 files have been sent to the DPP in relation to various breaches of COVID 19 regulations.

He said these covered a range of incidents including house parties and attendance at public houses.

The Garda Chief stressed that policing is carried out in accordance with guidelines with the 4E approach of engage, explain and encourage, in the first instance.

Deputy Connolly queried how spit hoods are being used and also asked for a breakdown of powers in relation to COVID-19 – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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Two confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Galway hospitals

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are two confirmed cases of coronavirus being treated at Galway hospitals today.

The two patients are receiving care at UHG.

A further two suspected cases of the virus are being treated at the city’s acute hospital, with one suspected case receiving care at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

There are 31 patients with COVID-19 being treated in intensive care settings nationwide today with none in ICU settings in Galway.

20 of these are being ventilated.

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