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Galway TD claims bed transfers from Ballinasloe psychiatric unit are ‘not licenced’

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Fianna Fail TD Colm Keaveney has raised concerns that the transfer of five beds from Ballinasloe acute psychiatric unit to the unit in UHG is not licenced.

Deputy Keaveney has raised the restructuring plans with the Mental Health Commission and says the decision has not been authorised through the appropropriate channels.

The gradual wind-down began last month with the transfer of five beds to the acute unit in UHG.

The overall reconfiguration involves three phases which will eventually see 50 such beds in UHG and 22 in Roscommon.

In a statement to Galway Bay fm news, the Commission says it requires all registered proprietors of approved centres to notify them of any changes to bed numbers.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Deputy Keaveney says the Mental Health Commission has not validated the decision to increase beds at the acute unit in UHG.

Meanwhile, Galway TDs, Senators and Councillors are being urged to attend a meeting in Ballinasloe next week regarding the phased closure of St. Brigid’s.

The meeting takes place this day week in Gullanes Hotel in Ballinasloe at 8pm.

Organiser Arthur Carr of Galway East Life Support and a member of the East Galway Mental Health Action Group says the transfers must be put on hold until a detailed review of the decision is carried out.

He says support from TDs, Senators and Councillors is now vital.

 

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National Broadband Ireland to host information event on rollout in Ballinasloe

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – National Broadband Ireland is to host a pop-up information event in Ballinasloe from tomorrow (Fri 17th).

The two day event will take place at Tesco Superstore in Menlo, Ballinasloe from 10am to 4pm.

The event aims to give the public an opportunity to learn about the national broadband plan, when high speed fibre broadband is coming to various areas in Galway and how households can get connected.

The NBI team will be on-hand to take registrations to enable future updates on the rollout in specific areas.

It comes as NBI currently has construction underway to bring fibre to 3,307 premises in the Ballinasloe intervention area.

These are in the townlands including Clontuskert, Ahascragh, Kilconnell, Liscapple, Aughrim, Carnakelly, Fohenagh, Riversdale, Dowras, Kiltormer, and Rosmore among others.

In total, there are 38,714 premises in the intervention area in county Galway, which includes homes, farms, commercial businesses and schools.

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UHG Has Second Highest Number of Patients on Trolleys In The Country

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: University Hospital Galway’s Emergency Department has the second highest number of patients waiting on trolleys at any ED across the country today.

According to the INMO’s trolley watch figures, there are 31 patients at the acute hospital’s Emergency Department in Galway city now awaiting beds.

UHG’s figure for emergency department patients awaiting beds is the second highest in the country, with only Cork University Hospital worse affected where 43 patients are on trolleys..

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Galway East Fianna Fail Minister Defends Simon Harris In Cabinet Leak Controversy

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: A Galway East Junior Minister has pledged her support to the Higher Education Minister who is at the centre of claims he leaked Cabinet information.

Opposition TD Matt Carthy used Dail privilege last night to claim Simon Harris leaked news of the Katherine Zappone appointment to journalists.

A spokesperson for Minister Harris says this was a clear misuse of Dail privilege and it’s untrue.

Speaking on Galway Talks earlier, Fianna Fail Minister for Disabilities Anne Rabbitte voiced her support for her Government colleague.

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