Date Published: 22-Jun-2011
The Government has agreed to circumvent the national embargo on recruitment and will appoint a dozen new theatre nurses at University Hospital Galway (UHG).
The decision, confirmed yesterday by Minister for Health Dr James Reilly following a meeting with Galway-based consultants and Oireachtas members, will allow the hospital to start operating theatres at near full capacity again and will help to reduce waiting lists for surgeries.
Currently, every week, nearly one-third (31%) of all surgical theatres at UHG are closed because there is not enough theatre nurses employed to run them at full capacity.
The number of ‘whole-time-equivalent’ theatre nurses at UHG has fallen by 28 in the space of two years, from 129 in 2009 to just 92 now. There are 16 theatres in the city hospital – on Monday of every week, seven of the hospitals theatres are closed. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays just 12 of the hospital’s 16 operating theatres are open; while there are just ten open on Fridays, meaning six are closed.
Galway West Deputy Brain Walsh (FG) led a delegation of Oireachtas members from the constituency along with consultants at UHG to meet with the Minister yesterday.
Following the meeting, Minister Reilly confirmed that he would appoint 12 new theatre nurses to UHG, despite the ban on public sector recruitment. They will be appointed in the next two months.
A further three nurses will also be provided under the National Cancer Control Programme.
Minister Reilly also gave a commitment that he would investigate the possibility of appointing a further 12 student theatre nurses to UHG, so that they can be trained-up and help to further increase the capacity to have the theatres operating at full capacity.
See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
Date Published: 07-May-2013
A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.
That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.
The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.
Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.
Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.
A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.
Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.
Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.
Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.