Galway bay fm newsroom – The Galway/Roscommon hospital group has reduced the number of patients waiting more than 12 months for an appointment by over half.
As of the 12th of September, there were16 thousand 682 patients waiting for out-patient appointments- a reduction of over 3000 since the end of May.
Over 43,000 were on out-patient waiting lists at the beginning of 2013, and Bill Maher, CEO of the West-Northwest Hospital Group urged patients to cancel appointments if they could not attend.
The do-not-attend rate for GUH is now below 10% after a call centre was set up for patients, and Bill Maher says the group is striving to reduce this to below 7.5%.
Specialist unit at UHG under plan to improve care for young cancer patients
Galway Bay fm newsroom – An initiative aimed at providing the best possible care for young adults and adolescents with cancer in Ireland aims to deliver on their unique and distinct needs, with plans for a specialist unit at UHG.
A new HSE Framework will see a state of the art cancer care network delivered locally where possible, and centralised when necessary.
It would involve three new specialist units at St James’s Hospital in Dublin, University Hospital Galway and Cork University Hospital.
Around 200 children up to the age of 16 are diagnosed every year with cancer, and a further 180 to 190 adolescents between 16 and 25 years are diagnosed every year.
The National Clinical Lead for Children, Adolescent and Young Adult Cancers at National Cancer Control Programme, Professor Owen Smith says the framework will result in better outcomes for those diagnosed with cancer.
Green Party Chair Pauline O’Reilly says decision to suspend two TDs was ‘necesssary step’
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Senator and Chairperson of the Green Party Pauline O’Reilly says a necessary step was taken in the suspension of two TDs, over a vote on the national maternity hospital.
Green Party TD’s Neasa Hourigan and Patrick Costello have had the party whip removed and have been suspended for six months.
The parliamentary party agreed to the proposal last night, after the TD’s voted against the government in the Dáil.
They backed a non-binding Sinn Féin motion calling for the National Maternity Hospital to be built on public land – it passed after government TDs abstained.
The decision to suspend the two TDs means the government majority in the Dáil has now been reduced to one.
Galway Green Party chairperson, Senator Pauline O’Reilly, says unity is essential when it comes to voting.
Galway TD one of seven who joined Geoghegan family protest
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway West TD was one of seven TDs from seven different political groups who joined a protest by the Geoghegan family at the gates of the Dáil today.
Catherine Connolly joined the family in calling for a new public inquiry into the environmental and health impacts of Aughinish Alumina’s factory in Limerick.
The issue was also raised with the Taoiseach earlier today by TDs Paul Murphy, Matt Carthy and Mattie McGrath.
Deputy Murphy highlighted new evidence he claims discredits the previous investigations into serious animal and human health problems near the factory.
This new evidence includes a previously unpublished letter by the IDA and notes of their private meeting with Aughinish, which Deputy Murphy says proves the IDA ‘sought to influence’ the outcome of the health investigation.