The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) released a new report yesterday (Thursday) stating that Mayo General Hospital needs five additional midwives to bring it in line with international maternity unit staffing standards.
The national survey of 19 hospitals found Mayo General was one of the best staffed and had the second lowest ratio of births to midwives in the country. However, the INMO said this was not good news, and the hospital was instead “the best of a bad lot” in terms of midwifery staffing levels.
Not to long ago the list of Mayo’s walking wounded looked like it could not only derail James Horan’s stated aim of going for league title, but could have made the first step in achieving that goal, being in with a chance of making the semi-final, very difficult. After Mayo lost out to Tyrone in Omagh a few weeks ago, Horan pointed out that he was short some 20 players due to injury and club-commitments. But the past few weeks have seen that number come right down with only Alan Dillon and Chris Barrett on the long term list, and Cillian O’Connor very close to a return to action, according to the Mayo boss after last weekend’s victory over Kerry in MacHale Park. The Castlebar Mitchels contingent are still concentrating on club duty ahead of St Patrick’s Day.
A young singer/songwriter from Kildare is stopping off in Ballyhaunis on a novel music tour of Ireland to pedal-up some publicity for his debut album.
The team at O’Connor’s SuperValu in Westport is celebrating after the store won a major award.
Volkswagen has unveiled its Golf GTE – a new plug-in hybrid version of the multi-award-winning Golf hatchback that combines the benefits of electric mobility with the dynamics of a Golf GTI.