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INMO calls for action on staffing at Galway maternity units

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Government is being urged to lift the recruitment mortorium to ensure acceptable levels of maternity care is provided in Galway.

It comes as a new survey shows there is a shortage of 32 midwives at UHG and a further 16 at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

The figures are revealed in a a study led by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation which reports that no maternity unit has the internationally recommended midwife to birth ratio.

The report examines the 19 maternity units nationwide.

It finds that there is one midwife at UHG to every 41 births, and one at Portiuncula maternity unit to every 38 births.

The internationally recommended ratio is for one midwife for every 29.5 births.

This ratio, as put forward by Birthrate Plus, is accepted by the NHS in the UK and the Royal College of Midwives.

The survey shows a wide variation in staffing levels and reveals that our maternity service needs over 554 midwives to reach the recommended level for safe and better care.

The maternity unit in Portlaoise is the poorest staffed unit in the country at a ratio of one midwife to 55 births and requires 33 additional midwives.

The INMO will be meeting the Department of Health later this month to discuss the figures and will be calling for the immediate lifting of the recruitment moratorium.

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Galway TD describes Commission report into Mother and Baby homes as ‘colour by numbers’ exercise

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The report from the Commission into Mother and Baby Homes has been described in the Dáil by Galway West TD Catherine Connolly as ‘a colour by numbers’ exercise where ‘the picture was pre-determined’

The Independent Deputy again raised the report in the Dáil this week arguing its conclusions are at odds with witness testimony.

Deputy Connolly questioned the findings of no evidence of forced adoptions and no evidence of pressure to put women into the institutions.

She also questioned the findings on vaccine trials with no side effects recorded, while a minimum of 10 thousand deaths were recorded at the homes.

The Galway West TD told the Dáil the report quotes ‘all of society’ and argued it was the ‘powerful in society’ while the government bowed down.

The Dáil heard the report described as a ‘colour by numbers’ exercise where the picture was pre-determined….

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148 new cases of Covid-19 in Galway – 2,488 nationwide with 61 additional deaths

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 61 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

Of the deaths reported today, 58* deaths occurred in January.

The median age of those who died was 83 years and the age range was 41-100 years.

There has been a total of 2,768** COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight, Tuesday 19th January, the HPSC has been notified of 2,488 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 179,324*** confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today:

  • 1,090 are men / 1,383 are women
  • 51% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 44 years old
  • 726 in Dublin, 314 in Cork, 148 in Galway, 133 in Limerick, 130 in Meath and the remaining 1,037 cases are spread across all other counties. 

As of 2pm today, 1,923 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 210 were in ICU at 11am. 85 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “The number of cases and deaths that we are reporting today and the persisting high incidence rate of COVID-19 across the country shows that we cannot underestimate the highly infectious nature of this disease and the impact that it can have on families and communities.

“The virus spreads through close contacts, through the congregation of people. We need everyone to stay at home as much as possible, and to work from home, where possible. You should not meet up with friends or loved ones, unless you are caring for them. If you go out for exercise, you need to stay within 5km from your home, wear a face covering where appropriate and wash your hands when you return home to protect yourself from infection.

“If you are COVID positive you should self-isolate and stay at home, in your room, avoiding contact with other people. This is to protect the other people that you live with.”

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.

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*There are 3 deaths where the date of death is under investigation.

**Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 2,768 deaths reflects this

***Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 3 confirmed cases. The figure of 179,324 confirmed cases reflects this.

Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 19 January 2021) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

CountyToday’s cases (to midnight 19Jan2021)14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population (to 19Jan2021)New Cases during last 14 days (to 19Jan2021)
Ireland2,4881,222.858,227
Monaghan912,264.41,390
Waterford951,792.12,082
Louth481,741.92,245
Wexford231,695.12,538
Carlow501,605.4914
Limerick1331,594.23,107
Mayo871,550.12,023
Dublin7261,340.418,060
Clare461,285.21,527
Cork3141,280.46,951
Donegal841,189.81,894
Cavan551,140.8869
Galway1481,041.62,688
Meath1301,012.61,975
Kilkenny31990.6983
Tipperary76970.81,549
Kildare112933.92,078
Roscommon12866.1559
Laois38851.3721
Offaly32806.8629
Kerry53796.21,176
Wicklow33671.2956
Sligo25656.1430
Westmeath29588.0522
Longford11516.2211
Leitrim6468.1150

5-day moving average 2,556

7-day incidence 424.8

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Route options published for Athlone-Galway greenway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A number of route options for a greenway connecting Athlone and Galway City have been published.

The five routes outline a variety of options for how the final leg of the overall Dublin to Galway Greenway will proceed.

The options vary – ranging from a straight line approach to looping routes which take in large parts of the north east or south east of the county.

The proposed routes will be available on www.galwaytoathlonecycleway.com over the next week.

The public are being encouraged to to have their say, with a public consultation process to start on Monday, January 25th.

Galway East Fine Gael Deputy Ciaran Cannon says this is a crucial phase of the groundbreaking Dublin to Galway Greenway….

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news….

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