University Hospital Galway is included in a group of 9 which form the kernel of the HSE’s Winter Plan announced today
The 30 million euro initiative aims to prepare the health system for the next four months – with a special focus from the 17th December to January 13th.
During that time extra beds will be made available at 9 hospitals around the country, including UHG, while 550 homecare packages will be available to free up space for acute patients.
The HSE’s Vida Hamilton is advising people to avoid A&E if they can.
However, the former General Secretary of the INMO and member of the Slaintecare Advisory Council, Liam Doran says the plan comes very late in the day.
11,139 new cases of COVID-19
From the Galway Bay FM newsroom:
A further 11,139 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed.
It’s the lowest daily number of cases reported in almost three weeks.
6,329 cases were detected by PCR tests, and 4,810 were positive antigen tests registered on the HSE portal.
There are 1,006 Covid patients in hospital, and 97 are in ICU.
Junior Minister Anne Rabbite introduces changes at constituency office following confrontation at Portumna base
From Galway Bay FM newsroom- A Junior Minister and Galway East TD has revealed she was left ‘uncomfortable and exposed’ following a recent incident where she was confronted and detained while alone in her constituency office.
Deputy Anne Rabbitte says she was targeted by an anti-vax campaigner in an ordeal that lasted around 40 minutes.
The Galway East TD has now introduced changes to how she does business since the incident occurred in Portumna, and is no longer alone in the office at any time.
Her revelation comes as senior Cabinet Ministers are now to be given greater security such as bodyguards following a review of their personal safety.
Deputy Rabbitte told Galway Talks earlier, there often seems to be no boundaries in Irish politics and social media can drive a lot of the hatred and abuse.
Local representatives support campaign by students from an East Galway secondary school for hybrid leaving cert model this year.
From the Galway Bay FM newsroom:
A number of local representatives have lent their support to a campaign by students from an East Galway secondary school for the Government to reconsider a hybrid leaving cert model this year.
This year’s Leaving Cert is due to return to the old model in place before the pandemic.
Earlier today 38 Leaving Cert students at St. Cuan’s College, Castleblakeney used their 40 minute lunch break to hold a demonstration in a bid to highlight the level of student unease about the model proposed for the upcoming final State exam.
Today’s demonstration comes as a survey of nearly 19,000 students by the Irish Second-Level Students’ Union of Leaving Certificate students showed 68 per cent of Leaving Cert students want a hybrid exam this year.
Head Girl at St. Cuan’s College Aoife Gormally says COVID-19 related abscences continue to have an impact on final year students preparing for exams.
Students from St. Cuan’s College were joined by a number of public representatives including Roscommon Galway Sinn Féin TD Claire Kerrane.
Deputy Kerrane says students are making their voices heard and it’s time that the Education Minister listened to their requests.