Date Published: 26-Nov-2012
The Health, Information and Quality Authority has today (Nov 26)published its latest inspection report into Owen Riff nursing home in Oughterard.
It’s based on an unannounced inspection in September with the purpose of monitoring ongoing regulatory compliance.
The HSE has been the registered provider of the facility since earlier this year due to an order by the District Court in accordance with Section 64 of the Health Act 2007.
In this report, the items inspected against over two days included Safeguarding and Safety, Health and Safety and Risk Management,Medication Management,Notification of Incidents, Food and Nutrition and Suitable Staffing.
Overall, this latest inspection, while under the operation of the HSE, found that residents’ healthcare needs were being well met.
Residents had access to a range of allied health professionals, and general practitioners carried out regular medical reviews of residents.
However, the inspector was significantly concerned that the health and safety of all residents had not been safeguarded.
These concerns related to the safety of some immobile residents in the event of an emergency evacuation from the centre, the absence of an emergency plan, the inappropriate use of metal bedrails and inadequate precautions taken to protect residents from abuse.
An action plan was issued over various points and responded to by the provider earlier this month.
Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case
Date Published: 07-May-2013
The High Court is hearing arguments from the state in an action brought by two VEC bosses who are challenging the loss of an annual allowance worth 12 and a half thousand euro.
Former president of the GAA Joe McDonagh who’s the CEO of County Galway VEC and Dr Katie Sweeney, CEO of Mayo VEC, say a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance should not have been cut, even though that part of their role no longer operates.
Lawyers for the Department of Education deny the allowance is part of their pay.
The case is in the context of planned changes within the VEC system under the Croke Park agreement.
Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska
Date Published: 09-May-2013
A hotel in the city is to be changed into a community facility.
Planning permission has been granted to DRA Community Development Company Limited to redevelop the ‘Racing Lodge Hotel’ in Doughiska.
It’s planned to use the building for community, educational and pastoral use.
Planners have attached 4 conditions to the development, including the stipulation that all uses at the building be on a not-for-profit basis.
Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
City Councillor Michael Crowe is calling on the Transport Minister Leo Vradkar to urgently intervene to end strike action by Bus Eireann in Galway.
Major travel disruption is expected in Galway and nationwide as the national strike enters its second day.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing their picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city.
It’s understood up to 80 Galway workers took part in the picket on rotational rosters yesterday.
Speaking on Galway Talks, City Cllr Michael Crowe said Minister Vradkar needs to take urgent action to intervene so that transport services can be restored.