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West North-West Hospital Group faces deficit of €54m

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The West/North-West Hospital  Group has forecast a deficit of over 54 million euro for this year.

The shortfall is contained with the group’s service plan which shows an estimated expenditure for 2014 of over 647 million euro.

The report reveals a deficit of 19 million euro for the Galway University Hospital group which includes UHG and Merlin Park.

In Portiuncula, the deficit is estimated to be just over 10 million euro.

This is the first service plan published since the new hospital group was formed to include Letterkenny, Sligo and Mayo hospitals.

Chief Operating Officer Tony Canavan says income will be generated through collection from private health insurance companies in a bid to address the deficit.

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Covid-19 walk-in vaccination clinics to open in Clifden and city this weekend

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Covid-19 walk-in vaccination centres will once again open in Clifden and the city this weekend. (7/8)

The centres are open on Saturday to those aged 16 and over who have not yet received a first dose vaccine.

The Clifden centre is based at Clifden Community School, and will be in operation from 10am to 2pm.

Meanwhile, Ballybrit Vaccination Centre will be open for walk-in appointments on Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

The Saolta Hospital Group says last weekend proved a tremendous success for both centres, with over 800 people receiving first dose vaccinations.

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Coming up on FYI Galway@5

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  • The Health Minister is encouraging parents and young people to seek information from reliable sources as registration for COVID vaccines for 12 to 15 year olds will open next Thursday
  • Covid-19 walk-in vaccination centres will once again open in Clifden and the city this weekend
  • Partners will be able to attend 12 week maternity scans and C-sections under new HSE guidance to be issued to hospitals tomorrow
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€320k to support street enhancement works in towns and villages across Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – €320 thousand has been awarded to support the enhancement of streetscapes in towns and villages across Galway.

The allocation is part of a national €7m fund announced by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humpreys.

Projects eligible for funding include the painting of buildings in vibrant colours, commissioning of murals, restoration of historic shopfronts, and the installation of canopies and street furniture.

It also supports works such as the decluttering of streetscapes with the removal of unnecessary signage or wires.

Local Senator Aisling Dolan says it’s all about working with local communities to make towns and villages places to live, work and visit.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.

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