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Galway Clinic consultant defends position before High Court

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A consultant surgeon at Galway Clinic has denied suggestions made before the High Court that he represents a risk to patient safety.
Professor William P Joyce, a consultant colorectal and vascular surgeon, initiated proceedings against Galway Clinic Doughiska Ltd after it informed him on February 28th last that his practising privileges were being terminated with effect from three months of that date.
According to the Irish Times, Professor William P Joyce wants the High Court to continue a temporary injunction obtained earlier this year restraining the clinic from withdrawing his admission and operating privileges at the facility until the dispute has been finally determined by the court.
Opposing the application to extend the injunction, the clinic says it withdrew the privileges over patient safety concerns following an incident on July 26th last when Prof Joyce was conducting surgical procedures at the clinic.
Arising out of that incident, an investigation was launched.
The doctor rejects the review’s findings.
Eugene Gleeson SC, acting for ProfessorJoyce, said the review was “utterly flawed” and deficient on several grounds.
He stated Professor Joyce in no way represents a risk to patient safety.
Mark Connaughton SC, acting for the clinic, argued there was a patient safety issue because of the breakdown in the working relationship between Professor Joyce and the clinic.
The clinic rejects all claims the processes it engaged in before it was decided to terminate his practising privileges were flawed, counsel said.
The hearing continues today before Ms Justice Deirdre Murphy.

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Macnas to welcome special visitor over Halloween

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Galway Bay fm newsroom- Galway is set to welcome a unique visitor over the Halloween weekend.

Macnas have announced that they are expecting the giant CON MÓR to emerge from the River Corrib.

Giant expert Marjorie Morrigan identified CON MÓR, a member of the Irish legends, Tuatha Dé Danann, as originating from an Island of Giants off the coast of Connaught.

CON MÓR was known to love all things nature, especially birds. Spectators are encouraged to bring feathers for CON MÓR when going to see him.

Noeline Kavanagh, Artistic Director of Macnas, tells us what we can expect from the giant,

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First block laid in expansion at Western Alzheimers Respite Centre

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Galway Bay fm newsroom- The first block has been laid today on a major multi-million euro expansion at the Western Alzheimers Centre in Ballindine.

The new complex will increase the number of beds from 12 to 20, and provide improve communal resident and visitor areas.

David Nevin has more.

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HSE considering new entrances to Merlin Park Hospital

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Galway Bay fm newsroom- The HSE has expressed interest in creating new entrances to Merlin Park Hospital.

The matter was raised at a meeting of the Health Forum West by Councillor Declan McDonnell, who queried if it was under active consideration.

The HSE executive confirmed it was something they are mindful of, noting a particular need for a lighted junction as the hospital gets busier.

Councillor McDonnell feels it’s something that’s needed sooner rather than later.

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