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Minister circumvents recruitment embargo to reopen UHG theatres

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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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.

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Judge adjourns Connemara assault case

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 08-May-2013

A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.

Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.

The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.

It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.

At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.

 

 

 

 

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Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 10-May-2013

Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.

The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.

Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.

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Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 13-May-2013

Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.

The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.

Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.

Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.

The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.

 

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