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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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NUIG study finds using mobile gambling for social interaction can lead to problem gambling

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An NUIG study has found engaging in mobile gambling for social interaction can lead to problem gambling.

The research by the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics was based on a global sample of 327 people who use gambling apps on a weekly basis.

The study focused specifically on mobile gambling, whereby people gamble online using their smartphones through specially designed apps and websites.

It found that mobile gambling differs from more traditional forms of gambling due to its constant accessibility.

Researchers state that using gambling apps to facilitate social interaction and avoid boredom are key motivations for problem gamblers, but not for non-problem gamblers.

Lead author of the study, Dr Eoin Whelan says the pandemic and the lockdowns that followed have led to a surge in people gambling through their smartphones.

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Backlog of 467 applications for primary medical certificate await assessment in the West

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 467 applications for a primary medical certificate are waiting to be assessed in the Galway, Roscommon and Mayo area.

A primary medical cert is required to qualify for the disabled driver’s tax and VRT exemptions.

Figures provided by the HSE to Galway West TD Eamon O’Cuiv reveal 181 such applications were processed in full in the West last year.

Nationwide, 1,858 applications are waiting to be assessed with 1,273 completed in 2020.

In the response to Deputy O’Cuiv’s parliamentary question, the HSE says there are challenges in some areas in progressing assessments due to the redeployment of medical officers to the COVID vaccine programme and the management of outbreaks in residential care facilities.

It adds the HSE is currently revising its service recovery and restoration plans.

Deputy O’Cuiv says the delay is causing significant stress and worry to applicants with many in the West waiting for feedback since last March.

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Listen: Killtullagh’s Saoirse Ruane learns to ride her bike again

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Galway Bay fm news – Kiltullagh native Saoirse Ruane – star of last year’s Toy Show – has gone viral online, again!

The 9 year old has learned to cycle her bicycle again using a specially modified bike – and has shared the achievement on social media.

Saoirse and her mum Rosanna spoke to FYI Galway:

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