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The Irish Blood Transfusion Service launched a new campaign which aims to increase public awareness of blood types and to encourage donors to bring their friends or “buddies” along with them when giving blood.
The news that financial services company Aviva is to reduce the number of voluntary redundancies sought from the original figure of 770 Irish jobs down to 550, and the announcement that 220 new jobs are to be created at Aviva in Knocknacarra, Galway, has been welcomed this week.
It is very clear from various reports in recent years that have highlighted the scale and seriousness of child abuse in Ireland, that there is a need to significantly improve Ireland’s child protection and welfare services. With this as our guiding principle, the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has developed Draft National Standards for the Protection and Welfare of Children which set out the key attributes of an effective and safe child protection service. The setting of standards by HIQA and the monitoring of compliance with them are important levers in driving improvements in the effectiveness and safety of health and social care services for children and families.
Steps have been taken to prepare for increased numbers of patients attending the emergency department at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, according to HSE West which this week moved to reassure the public.
There are more than 46,000 people currently on waiting lists for outpatient appointments at Galway University Hospitals but that figure is dropping every week, the HSE has said in a statement.
Critical services will be maintained despite the effects of retirements and budget restraints, that is according to regional director of operations John Hennessy at the launch of the West Area Service Plan for 2012.
Industrial action is scheduled to take place at Mayo General Hospital on Monday next (subject to ongoing negotiations) while a protest march is being organised for Sunday February 5 next in Ballina, in response to drastic new health service cuts set to affect hospitals in Mayo, as announced as part of the new HSE National Service Plan this week.
The UNITE trade union and management at Aviva agreed this week that no redundancy notices will be served to any staff in Ireland until the final outline of the proposed company restructuring is clear. There are currently five people employed in the Castlebar branch of AVIVA.
Insurance company Aviva is to close its nationwide network of branches by next summer, with Castlebar being one of the branches affected.
The future of Galway’s Aviva operations, employing more than 200 people, is still uncertain with UNITE warning the contents of a leaked document outlining the company’s restructuring plans is, for the moment, “speculation”.