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Galway Roscommon TD raises concerns over outpatient lists in the county

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 3,000 people are waiting for outpatient appointments in Galway – with over 2,500 of these waiting over two years.
That’s according to Galway/Roscommon TD Eugene Murphy.
Figures obtained by the Fianna Fail TD show over 2,520 people are on outpatient waiting lists for over two years at Galway University Hospitals – with almost 500 waiting over three to four years.
80 patients have been waiting on the outpatients list at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe for over 24 months.
Deputy Murphy claims non-acute patients are being left ‘languishing’ on waiting lists due to a system which cannot cope.
Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy says he has serious concerns about the National Treatment Purchase Fund’s efforts to reduce waiting lists.
To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news at 5.

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Gardaí request motorists to avoid M6 westbound junction near Athenry

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom- A section of the M6 westbound is closed near Athenry, due to a serious traffic collision between Junction 18 (Rathmorrissey) and Junction 19 (Oranmore). Ambulances are at the scene, traffic is being diverted and Gardaí are requesting that motorists avoid the area.

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Gardaí and emergency services at scene of three vehicle collision at M6 Athenry junction

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom- Gardaí and emergency services are at the scene of a traffic collision on the M6 Galway Dublin motorway, close to the Athenry junction.

It’s understood three vehicles were involved in the collision which occurred shortly after 2pm .

The road is closed with local diversions in place to facilitate access for the emergency services.

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HSE reverses decision to outsource catering facilities at St Francis Home in Newcastle

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Galway Bay Fm Newsroom- The HSE has reversed its decision to outsource catering facilities at St. Francis Home in Newcastle to a private company.

Deputy Catherine Connolly says the decision was initially taken as the space was needed to facilitate additional staff in primary care.

She argues the decision to close an essential and award-winning service to solve an accommodation problem would be completely unacceptable.

Deputy Connolly cites the long history of the centre providing high-quality meals to those attending the daycare centre, as well as the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service at Merlin Park.

The HSE has now confirmed the catering service will remain in-house, though it will now operate from a site in Merlin Park.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Galway West Deputy Connolly says it’s a vital service and we cannot afford to lose it.

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