the West is in a unique position to lead on changes to the establishment of hospital groupings nationwide.
That’s according to hospital group Chief Bill Maher who addressed members of this afternoon’s Regional Health Forum West on the planned transition to independent hospital trusts.
Under the plan announced by the Health Minister earlier this month, 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.
Galway bay fm reports that Addressing this afternoon’s forum, CEO of the Galway Roscommon Hospital
Group Bill Maher said that it’s the first group which was set up in
January last year.
He said there was no additional headcount added in the formation of the
The CEO also advised that all hospitals are safe in the hands of the group
and that there is no plan to take services from local hospitals and bring
them to level four hospitals, adding that there is no capacity for such a
He concluded by outlining the main priorities for this year as focusing on
group integration and achieving results and autonomy.
Mr. Maher said he wants to deliver on waiting time and trolley targets and
on the items outlined in the wider service plan.
Forum Chairperson Cllr Padraig Conneely said he had a concern over the
geographical spread of the trust to include Sligo and Donegal.
He added that responsibility and accountability may become fragmented.
CEO Bill Maher said while he recognized the geographical spread does pose
a concern, the group has very good governance and systems.
UHG was third most overcrowded hospital nationwide during January
Galway Bay fm newsroom – UHG was the third most overcrowded hospital in the country last month.
728 patients were waiting for a bed during January.
Meanwhile, 417 patients were waiting on trolleys at Portiuncula Hospital – the worst January on record for the Ballinasloe hospital.
11,289 people were recorded on hospital trolleys since January 1st
That’s up 2 and half thousand on the same time last year.
University Hospital Limerick continues to be the worst affected by over-crowding, accounting for 10 per cent of the overall figure, at 1,180.
Cork, Galway, Letterkenny, and St. Vincent’s in Dublin make up the top five – totalling of over 3,000.
That’s in stark contrast with the bottom five – Tullamore, Portlaoise, the National Children’s Hospital, Connolly Hospital, and Waterford – with a combined total of 213.
The INMO says, “a lack of adequate planning has put unnecessary stress on nurses and the patients”, describing January’s figures as “unacceptably high”.
Athenry, Loughrea, Gort and Headford now priorities for transport studies
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Athenry, Loughrea, Headford and Gort are now priorities for upcoming transport studies.
Systra Ltd will carry out some of the studies, which must also align with each Local area plan.
The studies will look at modes of travel, options for new Active Travel measures and a traffic management plan.
Councillor Andrew Reddington explains how this has come about and outlines how it will work in Headford, for example
Galway slightly above national average for home vacancy rate
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway has a home vacancy rate just above the national average of 4 percent.
Across the county, 6 percent of homes are vacant, according to Gerdirectory’s Residential Buildings Report.
At the end of 2022, Leitrim had the highest number of vacancies, at 12 percent, followed closely by Mayo on 11 percent.
While Dublin has the lowest, with just one percent of homes there vacant.
Nationally, over 83,500 residential properties were vacant last month, with the report finding the West was worst affected.