Galway Bay fm newsroom – A HIQA report into the death of Savita Halappanavar has found there was a fundamental failure to provide basic care at University Hospital Galway.
The 31 year old died on October 28th last, seven days after her admission to a gynaecology ward.
The authority identified that there was a general lack of provision of basic fundamental care, for example not following up on blood tests.
There was also failure to recognise Savita was at risk of clinical deterioration, and a failure to act or escalate concerns to an appropriately qualified clinician.
In addition, the clinical governance arrangements within the hospital failed to recognise that vital hospital policies were not in use, nor were arrangements in place to ensure the provision of basic care on St. Monica’s ward.
It makes 34 recommendations for maternity services both in Galway and nationwide.
167 fraud offences recorded in Galway so far this year
Galway Bay fm newsroom – 167 fraud offences were recorded in Galway city in the first five months of this year.
Deception and ‘card not present’ offences were the most common with 42 cases of each fraud type recorded.
The second most common fraud offence was ‘account take over’ with 17 recorded by Gardaí.
Phishing offences were next in line with 16 offences noted and shopping or online auction fraud with a further 16.
10 cases of accommodation fraud were brought to the attention of Gardaí, as well as nine cases of forgery.
Latest figures reveal 284 cases of Covid-19 nationwide
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s has been a concerning increase in the transmission of the Delta variant in Ireland, according to the chief medical officer.
Dr Tony Holohan says it’s estimated the Delta strain of Covid-19 accounts for up to 20 per cent of cases reported in the last week.
It comes as 284 further cases of Covid-19 have been reported by the Department of Health this evening.
53 Covid-19 patients are in hospital, with 13 of those patients in intensive care.
The ICU figures stand at their lowest level since mid-September.
Minister tells Seanad no plan to build new primary school in Barna
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Minister has told the Seanad that there are no plans to build a new primary school in Barna.
Minister of State with responsibility for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan was speaking in response to a query from Galway based Senator Sean Kyne.
Speaking in the Seanad today Senator Kyne said Scoil Náisiúnta Shéamais Naofa in Barna is outdated in terms of classroom size, layout and energy efficiency.
He added that the school playground is sloped and it’s unsafe in wet and icy conditions as well as being unsuitable for children with physical disabilities.
Senator Kyne told Minister Madigan the school is located along a busy main road and that the site is too small to implement any additional safety measures to allow its pupils to cycle to school safely.
He said developing a new school building on a quieter site is the best option for Scoil Shéamais Naofa.
Speaking in response Minister Madigan said enrollment at the 259 pupil school had actually decreased in recent years and the department has no plans to development a new building for it at this time.