Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are two under-qualified doctors currently working as consultants at Galway University Hospitals.
That’s according to the Irish Hospital Consultants Association, which says nationally there are almost 70 under-qualified consultants employed in Irish hospitals.
A specialist doctor is a qualified doctor who has undertaken higher specialist training – which can typically take up to eight years to complete.
Since 2008, HSE guidelines state that doctors must be on a specialist register with the Medical Council in order to be appointed to consultant positions.
However, figures from the Irish Hospital Consultants association show that nationally, there are 127 doctors currently employed as consultants who are not listed on the register.
Of these, 65 were appointed as consultants after the introduction of rules requiring registration with the Medical Council.
Six non-specialist consultants are employed at Galway University Hospitals – which consists of UHG and Merlin Park Hospital – two of whom have been appointed since the new guidelines were introduced.
The situation does not mean the doctors in question have not undertaken specialist training – but does mean the HSE itself does not know if they have, which breaches its own employment guidelines.
Last week, solicitors warned that the situation in Irish hospitals could leave the HSE legally exposed in the event of injury to a patient.
According to the Sunday Business Post, the HSE does not know how many consultants employed through agencies are not on the specialist register – meaning the real number could be far higher than figures suggest.
Non-specialist consultants in hospitals nationwide include 12 psychiatrists, 10 surgeons, seven anaesthetists and six obstetricians.
Minister praises young Gaelgeoirs as he opens Irish Language Centre in Knocknacarra
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Young Gaelgeoirs have been praised during the official opening of the new Irish Language Centre in Knocknacarra.
A red ribbon was cut today by Junior Minister Jack Chambers at Gaelscoil Mhic Amhlaigh to officially open the centre.
It will provide pre-school and after-school facilities, along with supporting the implementation of an Irish language plan for the Knocknacarra and Barna areas.
The Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs was particularly taken with the young Gaelgeoirs he met at the school
HSE defends use of Loughrea Hotel for Day Centre
GBFM Newsroom – The HSE are defending the decision to place the Loughrea Day Centre services in the Loughrea Hotel for three days.
There has been backlash from some of the community, since it was announced the hotel would host the centre on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
[In a statement, the HSE confirmed they had to move the Seven Springs area in St Brendan’s due to a HIQA re-registration condition.
St. Brendan’s CNU required additional circulatory space for residents, meaning the space needed to be re-purposed.
The HSE agreed the Loughrea Hotel would be a satisfactory interim solution, and had sought to reconfigure the CNU to provide a permanent day service within the centre.
However HSE Estate advised this was not a feasible option due to the topography of the site, loss of bedroom space and construction challenges within the building.]
Appeal lodged over refusal of Ballinasloe housing development (News 4)
Galway Bay fm newsroom- An appeal has been lodged with An Bord Pleanala over the refusal of a minor housing development in Ballinasloe.
The developer had applied to build six homes on an infill residential site in the existing Cuil Na Canalacht estate.
But county planners rejected the plan, finding it would be contrary to the proper planning and sustainability development of the area.
An appeal has now been lodged with An Bord Pleanala and a decision is due in January.