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INMO claims budget cuts will compromise Galway public hospital patient care

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Galway bay fm newsroom -Over two and a half thousand patients have been treated on trollies in Galway’s public hospitals so far this year.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives organisation released the figures today claiming that health budget cuts of 666 million euro will compromise patient care.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation say that nationally, the trolley and ward comparison between 2012 and 2013 is up over 10 percent.

It’s now calling on the Government to explain why it ignored revenue raising public health measures, including a tax on sugary drinks.

In a statement the INMO says the inevitable outcome of these two contradictory strategies will be a wholly inadequate, and underfunded, health service unable to cope with the demands of a population.

The organisation is now asking the Government to explain why it’s ignoring revenue raising health measures.

 

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O’ Cuiv grills Taoiseach on legislation stuck in “never-never land”

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West Deputy Eamon O’ Cuiv has asked the Taoiseach to explain why an important piece of legislation is stuck in “never-never land”.

Speaking in the Dáil, he highlighted the Wildlife Amendment Bill, which would allow for the review and potential alteration of natural heritage area designations.

Deputy O’ Cuiv outlined how the bill was passed years ago, but very little has appeared to happen since.

He wanted Micheal Martin to explain where the bill is – and why it’s being delayed.

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Councillor expresses frustration over long-running boil water notice in Gort

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A long-running boil water notice in Gort, in place since early February, is having a serious financial impact on businesses and local residents.

That’s according to Councillor Geraldine Donohue, who says it’s unacceptable as we head into the summer season.

She said tourists have to be constantly reminded not to drink the water, and businesses are facing enormous costs of buying drinking water.

Councillor Donohue feels more can be done to escalate the works so they reach completion sooner rather than later.

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Connolly pressures Tánaiste over lack of progress on domestic violence strategy

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West Deputy Catherine Connolly has pressured the Tánaiste over a lack of Government progress in introducing a national strategy on gender-based and domestic violence.

Raising the matter in the Dáil, she said there’s been two previous strategies – but their implementation was uncoordinated and ineffective.

She told Leo Varadker it’s obvious why we need a new strategy – and asked him to explain where it is.

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