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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.
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.
With this year’s Daffodil Day now just weeks away, the Irish Cancer Society is calling for volunteers to help with the annual fundraising event.
This year’s Daffodil Day will take place across the country on Friday March 25 and the Irish Cancer Society is calling on everyone in Mayo to come out and collect on the day at a location convenient to them. Further information on becoming a volunteer is available from the Daffodil Day team on CallSave 1850 60 60 60.
Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) staged a lunchtime demonstration outside University Hospital Galway yesterday (Wednesday) in protest over Government plans to introduce “savage” pay cuts for fourth year student nurses.
A week after Minister Mary Harney made a commitment to staff at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe that the HSE would engage them in consultation about the future of the hospital, unions said yesterday (Thursday) they had not yet had any contact from the health services.
There were further job cuts at Mayo General Hospital this week with unconfirmed reports that up to 15 nurses will not have their contracts renewed and hours have been cut. In an effort to cut costs before the end of the year, to prevent an estimated €2 million overspend, some wards will also be reduced to a five-day week. Staff morale is reportedly very low at the hospital and workers say these budgetary decisions have no regard for patient care.
A Westmeath pharmacist has warned that up to 5,000 pharmacy jobs could be lost thanks to the decision of the Minister for Health to cut payments to pharmacists for providing medicines and advice to patients on the community drugs schemes by 36 per cent.
Front line health services will be seriously damaged by the Minister for Health and Children’s decision to cut payments by 36 per cent to pharmacists for providing medicines and advice to patients on the community drugs schemes , according to the Irish Pharmacy Union [IPU], the representative body for 1,900 community pharmacists.
Front line health services will be seriously damaged by the Minister for Health and Children’s decision to cut payments to pharmacists for providing medicines and advice to patients on the community drugs schemes by 36 per cent, according to the Irish Pharmacy Union, the representative body for 1,900 community pharmacists.