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Head of HSE Savita inquiry says legal clarity needed to stop another such death

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – If Savita Halapannavar was given a termination she may still be alive today.

That’ s according to the head of the HSE inquiry into the circumstances surrounding her death at University Hospital Galway on the 28th of October last year.

The report highlighted three main factors in the 31 year old’s death, from blood poisoning following a miscarriage.

The report into the death of Savita Halappanavar says medical staff failed to offer all management options – including a termination.

It also says there was an inadequate assessment and monitoring of the 31-year-old’s deteriorating condition.

Furthermore, the Health Service Executive appointed inquiry team also says there was a non adherence to the relevant clinical guidelines on sepsis.

The investigation team was chaired by Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, Professor Emeritus of Obstetrics and Gynaecology,at St. George’s Hospital, University of London.

He says legal clarity is needed to stop another incident from happening again.

The HSE report has been forwarded to the Medical Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.

Health Minister James Reilly said he wants their advice on any action considered appropriate – as the report raises several important issues in relation to professional practice.

Minister Reilly said the report lays bare a set of unacceptable factors that led to the tragic death of a young woman.

The Minister has also invited the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology to meet him to discuss the implications of the report.

Also, the Health Service Executive and University Hospital Galway are apologising unreservedly to Savita Halappanavar’s husband Praveen and her family.

Dr Patrick Nash is the Clinical Director at University Hospital Galway and say the HSE and UHG will fully implement all the recommendations in the report.

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Galway Garda Chief says drugs “biggest challenge” facing force locally

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Chief Superintendent of the Galway Garda Division has acknowledged that drugs are the biggest challenge facing the force locally.

At a meeting of the City Joint Policing this week, Gerry Roche said it’s very widespread and the money involved is astronomical.
He added there’s a lot more work to be done and Gardaí are working on a new strategy to tackle those involved in the drugs trade at all levels.
It was noted that the Divisional Drugs Unit are targetting one specific gang in particular – though there are a lot of small operations, including those targetting students.
A warning was given that Gardaí will pursue everyone involved to the very end and prosecute at any opportunity.
Chief Superintendent Gerry Roche says drugs are endemic across all age groups and levels of society.
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Fíbín Media to launch new state of the art production studio in Connemara

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway-based production company Fíbín Media is to launch its new state of the art production studio tomorrow (7/12).

The new studio contains 130 square metres of floor space, and is located in Tully in Connemara.

It will offer a new home for Fíbín to create TV shows for young people through English and Irish.

Fíbín founder and CEO is Darach O Tuairisg.

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Local addiction counsellor claims cocaine is “blowing a blizzard” in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway-based addiction counsellor, Joe Treacy, claims cocaine is “blowing a blizzard” in Galway.

Data has found that cocaine-use has increased across all age groups in recent years.

Joe Treacy was responding to comments made by local GP Martin Daly on Galway Talks yesterday, who said there is a wave of cocaine in rural areas.

Agreeing with Martin’s sentiments, Joe Treacy, says that cocaine-use is widespread in our communities.

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