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An apology was issued to Mayo County Councillor Seamus Weir at this week’s Health Service Executive west forum meeting in Merlin Park.
The HSE West has overspent by €34.6 million in the first four months of the year and this debt could reach €100 million by December, a meeting of the HSE West Forum was warned this week.
Westport area councillors noted their dismay at the state of roads in the area following the extreme cold weather.
At a meeting of the Water and Sewerage SPC of Mayo County Council this week, senior engineer for the council, Noel Burke, informed the members that the Achill treatment plant should be handed over to the operators some time next week.
The HSE West should consider imposing financial penalties on hospital consultants who delay signing off private health insurance claims, a member of the health authority’s regional health forum said this week.
The elected members of Mayo County Council paid tribute this week to the two victims of the drowning tragedy off Inishboffin. As a mark of respect to the late Ger Feeney and Donal McEllin, the council adjourned their monthly meeting at 5pm last Monday.
The devil was in the detail as the HSE finally disclosed its cutback plans for Mayo General Hospital this week, which will include cuts in staff numbers through “moratoriums and natural staff turnovers”, reduced working hours for temporary staff (amounting to 7,000 working hours every week off the rosters of 400 temporary staff throughout the region), bed closures to be achieved through essential-only admissions to hospital with day assessment prioritised and direct cuts on elective surgery that will directly impact on patient waiting times.
Following the annual climb of Croagh Patrick last weekend which resulted in a number of pilgrims being injured, local Westport Electoral Area councillors have called for more safety measures to be put in place at The Reek.
Fine Gael Leader, Enda Kenny, TD, has received confirmation from the Justice Minister, Dermot Ahern, TD, that further improvements will be carried out at Louisburgh Garda Station.