Private health insurance companies owe €13.6 million to the two Galway public hospitals, UHG and Merlin Park.
One consultant has not signed off on paperwork which would bring in €291,460 in payments from the insurance companies. John Hennessy, Regional Director of Operations for HSE West, said that legislation was on the way which would change the way hospitals bill health insurance companies and ultimately a system will be introduced that will eliminate delays caused by consultants not signing off on paperwork.
Health Forum West Chairman Cllr Padraig Conneely has consistenly slammed the consultants for tardiness in completing their paperwork.
Calls for full counter service to resume at City and County Halls
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are calls for full counter service to resume at both Galway City and County Hall.
City Councillor Alan Cheevers says it’s time for both Local Authorities to develop a plan for the full resumption of services for residents in the City and County.
The Fianna Fáil Councillor says he has received a number of calls from people who are struggling to pay bills online.
He argues it’s particularly an issue for older people and those who are less tech savvy
Currently both the City and County Council are running reduced counter services and appointment only services due to the ongoing pandemic.
Councillor Cheevers says he feels more can be done given the high levels of vaccination in the country – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour
Galway TD says Government must stop “fragmented” communication over Covid guidelines
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway East TD says the Government must stop the “fragmented” communication over Covid guidelines before they lose public trust.
It follows the fallout of an event organised by Katherine Zappone which was attended by 50 people including the Tanaiste.
The attorney-general has said outdoor parties of 200 people are allowed – but the hospitality sector and politicians point out this was not known or communicated.
Deputy Sean Canney says the mixed messaging going on is unacceptable and a degree of common sense is what’s needed.
Speaking to Keith Finnegan, he said the Government needs to give a single, unified message to the public.
To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.
Ryanair investing 84 million euro in Shannon Airport and adding 8 new routes
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Ryanair is investing 84 million euro in Shannon Airport and adding eight new routes there.
It’s part of the airline’s recovery for the facility after the pandemic.
The majority of the new services will run in the winter, and will include flights to Corfu, Gran Canaria, Budapest and Birmingham in England.
The airline is now calling on the Government to implement the recommendations of the Aviation Taskforce, which includes a new National Aviation Policy.
The Shannon Group has welcomed the investment, and committment, saying it’s an important step on the road to recovery following the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ryanair also says its pre-pandemic service hasn’t returned at Cork Airport due to a lack of incentives.