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.
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.