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Waiting lists at UHG up 65% since 2015

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Waiting lists at UHG are up 65 percent since 2015, while lists at Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe have increased by over 50 percent.

That’s according to the Irish Hospital Consultants Association, which says outpatient lists at hospitals in the Saolta Hospital Group are some of the worst figures in the country.

In July 2015, almost 36,500 patients were on outpatient waiting lists at UHG.

By July of this year, that figure had risen to just shy of 60 thousand – an increase of 64 percent.

During the same time, the waiting lists at Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe have also increased by 51 percent – from almost 3 thousand patients to over 4,500.

Overall, across the Saolta Hospital Group, there are now almost 128 thousand people on outpatient waiting lists – and increase of 72 percent since 2015.

The biggest increases by percentage were recorded at Roscommon University Hospital at almost 200 percent, followed by Mayo University Hospital at 162 percent.

The ICHA is warning that the ongoing shortage of hospital consultants across a large number of specialties in the Saolta Hospital Group is a serious issue.

It says the situation is restricting patients from accessing timely, high-quality medical and surgical care, and is contributing massively to the growing waiting lists.

It warns we have a chronic recruitment and retention crisis, with 1 in 5 permanent hospital consultant posts nationwide either vacant or filled on a temporary basis.

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  • The Tánaiste Leo Varadkar says there will be an increase in the minimum wage in the budget. He also believes the point at which someone begins to pay the higher rate of tax, should go up.
  • Young Galway climate action protestors will gather in Eyre Square in the city tomorrow for a demonstration. It’s part of the ‘Fridays for Future’ campaign – a worldwide movement of student led strikes.
  • The President of the Students Union at GMIT says some students are being forced to commute up to 5 hours a day due to the lack of available accommodation in Galway city and county.
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Body found near Kinvara shoreline identified

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The body located on the shoreline in Kinvara has been identified as that of a woman who had been missing from the Tyrone area.

It follows a post mortem examination.

A person out walking near the shoreline made the discovery at around 11.30am on Tuesday at Doorus, north of Kinvara.

The PSNI says it is no longer searching for missing person Laura Vizgirdaite, following the discovery made in Galway.

The 22 year old was last seen in the Far Circular Road area of Dungannon on Sunday 12th September.

At the time, it was believed Laura may have made her way to County Clare.

The death is NOT being treated as suspicious.

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Galway students commuting up to 5 hours a day as accommodation crisis impacts

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The President of the Students Union at GMIT says some students are being forced to commute up to 5 hours a day due to the lack of available accommodation in Galway city and county.

Approximately 2000 students attending Galway Mayo Institute of Technology are awaiting accommodation, with approximately 1700 of those in Galway alone.

It’s estimated around 10 thousand students across the country are on waiting lists for student accommodation.

The Union of Students is holding a protest outside Leinster House calling for urgent action – and is planning a 24 hour sleepout.

President of GMIT Student’s Union Colin Kearney says students who cannot secure accommodation are finding it increasingly difficult to get to their college campus – we will have an extended feature on this issue on FYI Galway@5

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