Date Published: 15-Aug-2011
Galway patients may soon be sent to Roscommon General hospital for tests under new plans by the HSE.
The HSE West Regional Director John Hennessy told unions at a meeting in Merlin Park hospital today that they were planning to use Roscommon Hospital as a diagnostic centre for the region.
It means patient waiting lists could be shortened for day-care surgeries and diagnostic testing, but patients from the city and county may have to travel to Roscommon for the procedures.
John Hennessy also told unions SIPTU, INMO and Impact that the HSE West region is 45 million euro in deficit.
Impact Assistant General Secretary Páraic Mulligan told Galway Bay FM News after the meeting that the move will ease the pressure on the A & E unit at UHG.
Noreen Muldoon of the INMO in Galway says the new diagnostic centre in Roscommon will help reduce waiting lists for patients here.
Meanwhile there’s conflicting views on whether or not a Labour court agreement on student nurses will be replaced by qualified nurses in September.
The INMO are claiming one and a half wards at UHG will have to close if the student nurses are not replaced.
Speaking after the meeting, HSE West Regional Director John Hennessy said the HSE would do their best to implement in full the Labour Court’s recommendations.
However the INMO’s Galway representative Noreen Muldoon said her understanding from today’s meeting was that each hospital in Galway would make their own decision on student nurses.
She says that’s completely unacceptable for a national agreement.
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
Date Published: 07-May-2013
A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.
That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.
The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.
Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.
Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.
A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.
Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.
Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.
Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.