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Hospital interns in Galway public hospitals doing duties they’re not qualified for

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Hospital interns have been asked to do duties they aren’t qualified for, according to new Medical Council reports
The council has been looking at nine hospitals around the country, including UHG and Portiuncula, to check their training standards.
The inspections were carried out at the university hospitals, in Galway, Letterkenny, Portiuncula, Sligo, Kerry, Cork, Waterford, the Mercy, and South Tipperary General hospital.
While for the most part they were found to be at least partially complying with standards, the inspections found that some interns were being asked to perform duties above their grade.
Trainees were left unsupervised when a consultant was absent for a week.
In other situations medical registrars refused to write notes in patients charts and left this for interns to complete, regardless if they had seen the patient or not.
There was also allegations of bullying and a lack of respect show to trainees.
Hospital Groups must submit an action plan following an inspection and the medical council says implementation plans will be monitored on an annual basis.

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745 Cases Covid 19 Recorded in Galway in Last Fortnight

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: 745 cases of Covid 19 have been recorded in Galway city and county in the last fortnight.

Galway’s 14 day incidence rate now stands at 288.7.

Monaghan remains the county with the highest rate of infection while the lowest rate of infection over the last two weeks has been recorded in Wicklow.

It comes as 14 patients with Covid 19 are being treated at hospitals across Galway today.

13 of those patients are receiving care at UHG, with four currently in the Intensive Care Unit.

Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe is treating one patient with the virus.

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Supermacs Founder Says Its Uncertain Times For Business As Energy Prices Soar

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: The founder of Supermacs says businesses are heading into uncertain times as rising energy prices begin to have an impact.

A number of energy providers have announced price increases in recent months ranging from 7 percent up to 26% in some cases.

The dramatic rise in energy costs is linked to a low supply of gas across Europe, which a number of countries including Ireland rely on heavily on for power generation.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Supermacs founder Pat McDonagh says he feels the current situation could have been avoided.

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Galway Renters Face Price Hikes As Government Plan To Cap Increases Backfires

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Renters in Galway face price hikes of up to 3 per cent as a plan to cap rent increases appears to have backfired.

Maximum rent increases in rent pressure zones such as Galway, Athenry- Oranmore and Gort- Kinvara were recently linked to inflation.

It was hoped this would keep price rises much lower than the 4 per cent allowed but inflation has shot up and is now at 3 per cent.

Sinn Fein Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin says the government must act.

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