Date Published: 04-Jun-2011
CHANGES in the National Treatment Purchase Fund could cause job cuts at two Galway private hospitals, The Galway Clinic and the Bon Secours Hospital, as the Government introduces a replacement special delivery unit at public hospitals.
Last year the NTP fund spent 8.6 million Euro buying treatment for public patients at the Galway Clinic, and 2.5 million Euro at The Bon Secours Hospital.
According to today’s "Irish Times" the payments to the Galway Clinic from the NTP fund were the third highest among Irish private hospitals.
Now Minister James Reilly is putting the resources of the treatment purchase fund at the disposal of the new "special care unit" aimed at cutting hospital waiting lists and waiting times in emergency departments at public hospitals.
According to the report private hospitals, such as the two in Galway, could face financial difficulties and job losses following the decision.
The NTP fund has been told to stop arranging private treatment for public patients until the new agency has decided how resources to cut waiting lists can best be used.
Last year th NTP fund spent 78 million Euro nationally in private hospitals buying treatment for patients who were more than three months on public hospital waiting lists.
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.