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East Galway GPs call for review of scoring system used to assess closure of Ballinasloe acute unit

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Galway Bay fm newsrom – A group of GPs from East Galway has called on the Minister for Health to implement an independent review of the scoring system used to determine the closure of the acute psyciatric unit at St.

Brigids Hospital in Ballinasloe.

The phased closure of the 22-bed acute unit began on Monday this week with the transfer of five beds to the acute psychiatric unit at UHG.

The HSE says the reconfiguration is in line with the national ‘Vision for Change’ policy.

It involves a three-phased plan which will eventually see 50 such beds in UHG and 22 in Roscommon.

The group of GPs has held a meeting where they passed a motion deploring the HSE decision.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Dr. Annraoi Finnegan of Marina House Medical Centre says there is a real need for the facility in Ballinasloe and has called for accountability within the HSE.

He says the group wants the scoring system used to determine the reconfiguration to be examined independently.

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Local TD slams suggestions BEAM farmers must pay back €40m

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Roscommon-Galway TD Denis Naughten is criticising reports that €40m could be claimed back from BEAM farmers nationwide.

Deputy Denis Naughten says up to 18 thousand farmers could be facing a clawback of funds for failing to comply with the scheme conditions.

The scheme compensates farmers for drops in beef prices, but is contingent on farmers affecting a 5 percent reduction in cattle nitrogen.

Deputy Naughten points out that regardless of some individual farmers failing to meet the target, overall suckler herd numbers are already in “freefall”.

He’s suggesting that the Agriculture Minister seeks flexibility from the EU Commission to ensure farmers aren’t penalised for availing of the BEAM scheme.

Independent Deputy Naughten says it would be “immoral” to see farmers hit with a repayment bill right now…

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OPW Minister to visit areas affected by flooding in South Galway later this year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The OPW Minister will visit areas affected by flooding in South Galway later this year.

Minister Patrick O’Donovan says he will visit the areas when travel restrictions are lifted or possibly later in the year following an invitation from Galway based Junior Minister Anne Rabbitte.

It comes as a technically feasible engineering solution has been sourced for the Gort Lowlands Scheme – with Minister O’Donovan saying the solution is both environmentally and economically feasible based on the information at hand.

It’s understood the options assessment is continuing for the scheme and will be followed by a public consultation.

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World expert in Dementia care appointed adjunct professor at NUIG

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A world expert in dementia care has been appointed adjunct professor of nursing at NUI Galway’s School of Nursing.

Professor Roger Watson is a Professor of Nursing at the University of Hull and Editor in Chief of Nurse Education in Practice.

He’s also an Editorial Board member of the Wiki-Journal of Medicine – and in 2017 was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.

Professor Watson’s specialised interest area is feeding an nutritional problems of older people with dementia.

NUI Galway says his textbooks have remained part of core curriculum in nursing programmes worldwide and he is a true role model for nursing students.

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