Galway Bay fm newsroom – GPs receive around 9 euro per month for each medical card patient, whether they attend once or 10 times during that period.
That’s according to the National Association of General Practitioners which has criticised figures which reveal the HSE paid 540 million euro last year to general practices.
Galway based Dr. Michael Casey is among the top paid GP practices in the country, earning more than 644 thousand euro last year from the general medical services scheme.
The NAGP says the figures are misleading and out of context – and only 3 percent of the healthcare budget goes to providing GP services.
The Health Minister says parts of the new GP contract should be finalised by Christmas.
Simon Harris wants to start phasing in the deal next year which means doctors will treat all children under the age of 12 for free.
Minister pledges to find out “what’s happening on the ground” at Clifden Hospital
GBFM Newsroom – A minister has pledged to find out “what’s happening on the ground” at Clifden District Hospital.
The ongoing controversy over the withdrawal of services was raised in the Seanad by local Senators Sean Kyne, Pauline O Reilly and Ollie Crowe.
It follows a public meeting earlier this week attended by over 600 people in response to the abrupt cancellation of respite services.
Senator Sean Kyne said the community feels the unit is being steered towards closure – while Senator Ollie Crowe agreed it’s death by a thousand cuts.
Speaking in response, Minister Mary Butler pledged to look into the situation.
Public encouraged to get involved in “Make Way Day”
GBFM Newsroom – Galway City is making preparations for Make Way Day this Friday. (30/9)
Organised by the Disability federation of Ireland, the day aims to raise awareness for those with disabilities and improve access in towns and cities.
People are encouraged to think about easily removable obstacles, such as parked cars, wheelie bins, hedges.
On the day, Galway City traffic division say they’ll take a zero-tolerance approach to vehicles parked on footpaths.
Mayor to launch Gold Star Programme to improve accessibility across city
GBFM Newsroom – Mayor of Galway Clodagh Higgins and Junior Minister Anne Rabbitte will launch Galway’s Gold Star Programme next week. (4/10)
The programme is billed as a major initiative to make Galway City more accessible to disabled people.
It’ll see restaurants, shops and other businesses be awarded with bronze, silver or gold star awards for the services they provide for those with disabilities.
The programme will be launched at the Connacht Hotel on Tuesday, October 4th and the public is invited to attend.
Rose Foley of Access for All Galway outlines the benefits of the programme.