The first steps in establishing independent hospital trusts have been unveiled by the Health Minister.
The country’s 49 hospitals have been merged into six groups.
They are west/north west, Dublin North East, Dublin Midlands, Dublin East, and Midwest.
The west/north west composition includes University Hospital Galway; Merlin Park hospital, Portiuncula in Ballinasloe, Sligo Regional; Letterkenny General; Mayo General and Roscommon general.
The academic partner is NUI Galway.
Under the plan, called future health, larger hospitals will carry out more complex surgeries, with smaller hospitals responsible for simpler treatments.
Minister James Reilly says this will deliver better and safer services for patients – and is a step towards a world class health service
Draft Tuam Local Area Plan now on public display
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The draft Local Area Plan for Tuam is now on public display, with documents also available on the county council website.
The 2023-2029 plan can be inspected, and submissions can be made by members of the public until 4PM on March 23rd.
A number of other plans for the area are also on display, including a Local Transport Plan and a Strategic Flood Risk Assessment.
They are available to view at the Planning Counter at County Hall, Tuam Library and Tuam Civic Offices.
University of Galway event to give students insight into career in healthcare
Galway Bay fm newsroom – An event will be held at University of Galway in April to give students an insight into a career in healthcare.
The interactive programme for transition year students will take place on Saturday April 1st, and again on Saturday, April 22nd.
They’ll see advanced simulations of real-life medical procedures and scenarios.
Registration is now open and the deadline is Friday, February 24th.
Professor of Simulation, Dr. Dara Byrne, explains what students can expect to see.
Taoiseach says he “doesn’t accept” Galway Ring Road bad for environment
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Taoiseach has said he does not accept the view that the Galway Ring Road would be bad for the environment.
Leo Varadkar was responding to questions posed by Galway West Deputy Noel Grealish in the Dáil.
It’s as An Bord Pleanala is to reconsider an application for the long-awaited project, after permission was quashed on environmental grounds.
The Taoiseach said while there are different views at cabinet, the Ring Road is part of the National Development Plan.
He gave an assurance that ultimately, if planning permission is granted, it will be funded.