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If a pilot funding programme for elective procedures at Galway University Hospitals is extended it will result in further efficiencies and will reduce waiting times for patients.
A local TD is calling for a clear plan to be drawn up in the New Year to illustrate how the appointment of three new consultants to University, Merlin Park and Portiuncula Hospitals will work in the various facilities.
The chairperson of the HSE West’s regional health forum is demanding that consultants at Galway University Hospitals [UHG and Merlin Park] who fail to sign off private health insurance claims promptly are “named and shamed”.
The HSE has been accused of operating in a “cloak of secrecy” this week akin to what happened during the Cold War. Fianna Fáil TD Dara Calleary said elected representatives were finding it extremely difficult to get information from the service and pointed out that although the board of the HSE were all sacked in April, the situation was getting worse.
A decision to move some non-critical functions from University Hospital Galway to other hospitals in the region this month will free up beds in wards at the city hospital and help reduce waiting times and overcrowding at its emergency department.
Staff at St Luke’s Hospital were this week shocked and dismayed by a memo circulated by management, which insinuated that as a result of budget over-rides, staff wages may not be paid from October.
More resources must be allocated to University Hospital Galway to meet growing demands being placed on it as a result of the recent decision to close Roscommon County Hospital’s A&E department and shift all its acute emergency services to hospitals in the surrounding areas.
Kilkenny’s St Luke’s Hospital was delivered some positive news this week when it was confirmed that some €13m funding is to be made available in order to enable a number of priority capital developments at the hospital.
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.
A former vice chairperson of the HSE West’s regional health forum says the new Government must lift the embargo on staff recruitment at the city’s public hospitals if it is seriously committed to a one-tier public health system.