Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD is calling on the HSE to provide clarity on hospital charges.
Galway West Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív says people who hold private health insurance should ensure that they are not over-charged for services when attending a public hospital.
He claims that many private health insurance holders who attend a public hospital are asked to sign a waiver form which removes their automatic right to public care.
This results in a €80 per night charge being imposed on the patient, while their insurance company is charged €800 per night.
Deputy O’Cuiv says the HSE needs to be upfront about its charges system.
Council calls for ending of outdoor seating fees at pubs not serving food
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council is to contact the Department of Local Government and Heritage over outdoor seating fees being levied on pubs not serving food.
This week’s meeting of the local authority heard it’s an archaic and discriminatory system.
It’s a case of the pub with no food paying the price – a pub that serves food and drink does not face a payment for having tables and chairs outdoors.
However, a neighbouring pub that does not serve food is charged a seasonal fee of €125 euro.
Councillor Tim Broderick termed the fee on the drink only publicans an anomalous and archaic system at this week’s County Council meeting.
Councilor Broderick claimed that the very spirit of charging the pubs with no food a fee was discriminatory and needed to be changed.
Councillor Joe Sheridan expressed similar sentiments and called for support for the removal of the charge on pubs that do not serve food.
The outdoor system became popular because of the covid crisis. The regulations are in force on a national level.
Councillor Thomas Welby supported by Donagh Killilea proposed that a letter would go to the appropriate Government Department asking for an end to the fees for non-food serving pubs.
That motion was carried unanimously.
Galway TD questions “what Europe is becoming” as war continues in Ukraine
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD says questions must be asked of what Europe is becoming as war continues in Ukraine.
Deputy Catherine Connolly says from day one, she’s condemned Russia’s “abhorrent” invasion and supported sanctions.
But she says we’re at a point where we seriously have to question who the sanctions are really hurting the most.
Citing the latest developments in NATO as well as the widespread mistreatment of migrants, Deputy Connolly aruged we’re increasingly heading towards a “Fortress Europe”.
And she said it’s extremely concerning that those who question the current approach are demonised.
Meeting to discuss future of Clifden District Hospital
A meeting on the future of Clifden District Hospital will take place in the town tomorrow.
Local Councillor Eileen Mannion says there are growing concerns that the hospital is being downgraded by “stealth” and services could be at risk.
It comes as plans are being progressed to construct a new building – that would merge Clifden District Hospital and St. Annes Community Nursing Home.
Fine Gael Councillor Mannion says until the new unit is build there should be no reduction in capacity or services.