Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Tánaiste says the report into the care given to Savita Halappanavar at UHG before her death spares no-one – from the hospital ward to the Minister for Health.
The 31 year old died on October 28th last, seven days after her admission t a gynaecology ward.
Eamon Gilmore’s told the Dáil that the report from the Health Information and Quality Authority begs the question ‘was someone not doing their job’.
The report says that 13 occasions were missed when staff should have been able to prevent Ms. Halappanavar’s death and that she was deprived of basic care in Galway University Hospital.
Eamon Gilmore’s told the Dáil that very fundamental questions are raised by the report.
The Health Service Executive say they fully accept that a failure in clinical judgement caused the death of Savita Halappanavar.
The HSE say they welcome the findings of the HIQA report which identified 13 missed opportunities to detect her deterioration.
The body say that all recommendations in the report will be implemented across the country’s 19 maternity hospitals.
National Director of Quality and Patient Safety with the HSE is Dr Philip Crowley.
The Chairman of the Regional Health Forum West is calling for staff to stand down following the report HIQA report
Mayor of Galway Padraig Conneely wants a meeting on the issue to he held at Merlin Park in the next fortnight.
The Minister for Health says no staffing issue can explain away the lack of basic clinical care given to Savita Halappanavar.
James Reilly says he believes more maternity staff are required – but he also needs to make sure the right staff are in the right areas.
Minister Reilly also expressed concern about the similarities between Savita’s death and the death of Garda Tanya McCabe at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda six years ago – saying lessons have not been learned since then.
James Reilly says a lack of staff is not a good enough explanation.
O’ Cuiv grills Taoiseach on legislation stuck in “never-never land”
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.
Councillor expresses frustration over long-running boil water notice in Gort
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.
Connolly pressures Tánaiste over lack of progress on domestic violence strategy
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.