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Guidelines set up following Savita’s death to be monitored

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – It’s been confirmed a number of new guidelines on sepsis and handovers between medical staff are being implemented nationwide following the death of Savita Halappanavar at UHG a year ago.

Ms Halappanavar, who was 17 weeks pregnant, died at University College Hospital Galway of sepsis following a miscarriage.

A HIQA report found her death could have been prevented on 13 separate occasions.

It made 34 recommendations – among them, the implementation of a Sepsis Management guideline and a Clinical Handover guideline.

Professor Hillary Humphries is the Chair of the National Clinical Effectiveness Committee and is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the guidelines.

The head of the HSE Tony O’Brien says a review group has been set up to implement the recommendations of the three different reports into Savita’s death.

He was speaking in advance of this evening’s special behind-closed-doors meeting of the West/North West Hospitals group to discuss the case following the publication of the HIQA report.

Mr O Brien says the board meeting will consider all the findings and recommendations and identify what further action needs to be taken.

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Green Party Chair Pauline O’Reilly says decision to suspend two TDs was ‘necesssary step’

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Senator and Chairperson of the Green Party Pauline O’Reilly says a necessary step was taken in the suspension of two TDs, over a vote on the national maternity hospital.

Green Party TD’s Neasa Hourigan and Patrick Costello have had the party whip removed and have been suspended for six months.

The parliamentary party agreed to the proposal last night, after the TD’s voted against the government in the Dáil.

They backed a non-binding Sinn Féin motion calling for the National Maternity Hospital to be built on public land – it passed after government TDs abstained.

The decision to suspend the two TDs means the government majority in the Dáil has now been reduced to one.

Galway Green Party chairperson, Senator Pauline O’Reilly, says unity is essential when it comes to voting.

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Galway TD one of seven who joined Geoghegan family protest

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway West TD was one of seven TDs from seven different political groups who joined a protest by the Geoghegan family at the gates of the Dáil today.

Catherine Connolly joined the family in calling for a new public inquiry into the environmental and health impacts of Aughinish Alumina’s factory in Limerick.

The issue was also raised with the Taoiseach earlier today by TDs Paul Murphy, Matt Carthy and Mattie McGrath.

Deputy Murphy highlighted new evidence he claims discredits the previous investigations into serious animal and human health problems near the factory.

This new evidence includes a previously unpublished letter by the IDA and notes of their private meeting with Aughinish, which Deputy Murphy says proves the IDA ‘sought to influence’ the outcome of the health investigation.

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Local TD tells Dáil crisis in homecare leaving older people in their beds all day

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The ongoing home care crisis is leading to older people staying in bed all day.

Sinn Féin TD Claire Kerrane told the Dáil 412 people in Roscommon and Galway have been approved for home care hours and are not receiving them, as there is no carer.

She argues there is clearly a recruitment and retention crisis in the home care sector.

It comes as the government has established a workforce advisory group to examine the issue and make recommendations.

However, Deputy Kerrane argues, the group is not due to report until September, and families cannot wait.

She says it’s heartbreaking that some older people are staying in bed all day as a result of the crisis.

Speaking in response, Minister of State for Older People Mary Butler said efforts are underway to try to make homecare a more viable career choice.

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