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New cancer facilities at UHG could be delayed by gap in HSE capital budget

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The development of new facilities for cancer patients at University Hospital Galway are likely to be delayed as a result of funding pressure in the health service.
It’s as Simon Harris has advised the Finance Minister that the health service is facing a funding gap of over €100m in it’s capital plan for 2018.
It’s after it was revealed this week that the HSE is, overall, running an overspend of up to €600m – which could seriously affect the upcoming budget.

The capital budget for this year was set at just under half a billion euro.
However, according to the Irish Times, correspondence between Simon Harris and Pascal Donohue reveal there is a significant hole in that budget.
It follows revelations this week that the health service is running an overspend of around €600m – which could severely impact the upcoming budget.
Now, it’s reported that a shortfall of €109m in the capital budget for 2018 means a number of projects will be slowed down or delayed – likely pushing them into the budget for next year.
These include a planned new radiation oncology unit at University Hospital Galway, as well as a new acute psychiatric unit in Sligo and renal unit at Tallaght Hospital.
It’s reported the funding deficit could also mean about half of the HSE’s planned programme for replacement of equipment and ambulances will not go ahead.

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County Policing committee hears of serious concern over ‘huge increase’ of rural crimes and burglaries in East Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The County Galway Joint Policing committee has been told of the serious concern over the ‘huge increase’ in rural crimes and burglaries in East Galway.

Tuam area Councillor Mary Hoade says that she has already heard of 10 burglaries in the area since the start of the year.

This represents 5 per cent of the total number of burglaries reported across the whole county for all of last year.

Councillor Hoade says she’s very concerned, and outlines what needs to be done to tackle the increase.

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University of Galway researchers aiming to improve ventilator outcomes

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Researchers at the University of Galway are aiming to improve outcomes for patients on ventilators.

They’ve taken part in a new international study, that found high death rates in weaning intensive care patients from ventilation.

It found that over a third of patients who required mechanical ventilation for longer than two days could not be successfully taken off.

Speaking to Galway talks, Professor John Laffey said the area is not well studied despite the importance of weaning.

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Questions over County Council delays in processing social housing applications

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Questions are being raised over the length of time it’s taking for Galway County Council to process social housing application forms.

Galway West Sinn Fein TD Mairead Farrell raised the matter with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the Dáil.

She said it’s supposed to be a 12-week window – but it’s taking far longer for some people, and it seems to be due to lack of staff.

Speaking in response, Leo Varadkar said he would ensure the matter is looked into.

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