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Senior management at the HSE does not believe the recruitment moratorium in the public sector is to blame for the doubling of the agency nursing bill at the Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar over the last four years.
The Health Service Executive has published a report on the uptake rates for the 2011/2012 nationwide HPV vaccination campaign, which will help protect more than 44,000 girls from developing cervical cancer.
The HSE is warning that deaths in people aged 75 years and over can rise by up to 60 per cent more during hot spells.
Spending on agency staff in the HSE west area has increased by 21 per cent in the first quarter of this year when compared with the first quarter of 2012. In the first four months of 2013 HSE West spent €5.275 million employing agency staff compared to €4.354 million for the same period in 2012.
Exactly one euro in 10 needed to run the Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar is earned from its private patients, it was revealed this week (February 19).
To maintain its position as the third best hospital in the State, the Midland Regional Hospital Mullingar will have a budget of more than €1 million each week, with which it brings over 3,000 new little citizens onto the planet each year, and looks after nearly 90 people a day in its A&E department.
Mullingar man, Bernard O’Farrell and Cork man Greg Mulcahy have won the first prize in the HSE elder abuse short film competition entitled Open Your Eyes – Open Your Lens. The purpose of the short film competition was to raise awareness of the issue of elder abuse. The HSE invited the public to submit a short film of between 30 to 60 seconds in duration to YouTube based on the theme Open Your Eyes – Open Your Lens.
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.
St Loman’s psychiatric hospital in Mullingar has been earmarked for closure as part of a €50 million HSE investment into mental health facilities, while a new community nursing unit has also been promised for the town.
Visiting restrictions are in operation at University Hospital Galway and at Aras Mhic Dara community nursing unit in Carraroe due to a number of suspected cases of the winter vomiting bug (norovirus).