Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has raised the issue of the proposed Winter Plan for Letterkenny University Hospital (LUH) with the Minister for Health Simon Harris.But the Donegal Deputy says the reply he received from the Minister is both shocking and disappointing in content.Deputy Gallagher said the intended Winter Strategy for the hospital in the months ahead will fail completely to meet the demands of the general public. He said “The much-hailed Winter Plan 2020 is a box-ticking exercise and only more spin over substance from a Government out of touch and indifferent to the plight of the people of Donegal.“The HSE and Government have completely failed to recognise the massive pressures that Letterkenny Hospital services and the A&E Department are under on a daily basis right throughout the year.“The failure to provide for additional bed capacity and to provide additional frontline staff is testimony that the Government and Ministers are out of touch, LUH has exercised its full capacity protocol on more occasions over the past 15 months than any time previously.”Deputy Gallagher said it is shocking how the demands and ongoing bed capacity crises at Letterkenny hospital has been totally ignored by the HSE and Government when drafting this year’s winter plan. He added “In the Minister’s reply to my question concerning the strategy for Letterkenny University Hospital he stated the principle initiatives of the Winter Plan are as follows for LUH ;• added Medical Registrar for improved medical cover;• rapid flu testing to reduce turnaround time to 2 hours;• additional cleaning services to improve bed turnaround time out-of-hours;• a reablement programme to decrease presentations and admissions;• additional aids and appliances to facilitate timely discharge; and• hospital avoidance measures to reduce the number of patients admitted for assessment.“Until bed capacity and staffing issues are resolved at Letterkenny, then the ongoing overcrowding, delayed admittances, patients in corridors and cancelled procedures will continue, the reality is LUH requires additional resources and staffing.”Deputy Gallagher said he previously stated that the entire hospital urgently needs a full review of services, staffing numbers and management and until that is carried out by an independent outside team and a comprehensive report is compiled we will not be able to address the crises situation which clearly exists at the hospital.He said “The Winter Plan just published by the Minister for Health Simon Harris is a master class in box-ticking and hood-winking – it’s a plan in word only for it lacks any strategy to deal with the crises. “I am impressing upon the Minister to take preventive action, before the full extent of the winter crises sets in, the additional beds previously promised are urgently needed for LUH, the employment embargo must end, too many posts are tied up with the strict criteria of the recruitment embargo, meantime staff at LUH are working in the most difficult environment due to understaffing at Letterkenny University Hospital.“This is the 4th winter in a row that this Government have failed to provide a meaningful strategy to deal with hospital capacity, but this plan is by far the weakest of all concluded.”Hospital winter plan will fail completely to meet public demand – Cope was last modified: December 3rd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalhospitalPat The Cope GallagherWinter Plan
Otis Statum’s inside-the-park home run highlighted a 10-3 victory for the Humboldt Crabs over the California Expos at the Arcata Ball Park on Saturday night.Statum showcased his impressive speed after his blast to deep center field got past Expos outfielder Damian Holmes, before sliding home and barely avoiding the tag of catcher Keenan Reardon.The second-inning home run gave the Crabs a 3-0 lead and some early momentum.The win was the fifth straight for the Crabs who will look to complete …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For Friday, we’re dry everywhere with partly sunny skies. The rest of Saturday should be at least partly sunny. Audio Playerhttps://www.ocj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Web-Weather.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.
Photo by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netJoshua Pacio is likely on his way to a title shot if he goes on to hurdle his Chinese opponent Min Qiang Lan in the co-main event of ONE: Global Superheroes on Friday.But as much as the Filipino strawweight contender wants to get his hands on the gold, he doesn’t want to get ahead of himself especially with a big bout coming up against a dangerous opponent.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Injured Nadal out of Australian Open; Cilic into semifinals LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “Of course, I want the belt but for me, right now, I’m not thinking about getting a title shot just yet,” Pacio told INQUIRER.net in Filipino on Tuesday.“I still need to gain more experience for me to get to the level of champions,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPacio is supposed to fight Pongsiri Misatit, but the Thai was forced to withdraw due to an injury.ONE announced the opponent change on Friday, giving Pacio’s camp less than two weeks to adjust their game plan. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight PLAY LIST 00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight04:36Joshua Pacio is the new ONE Strawweight world champion00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding But Pacio isn’t concerned with the sudden change.“I’m not worried because fighters in the international stage are expected to cope up with the changes and that’s how fighters’ mentality should be,” Pacio said.Pacio said there are similarities between his initial foe and replacement in terms of their strengths which is striking, but added that Lan is the more lethal striker than the two.“We saw a video of one of Lan’s fights and he’s better than Pongsiri in striking so I prepared really hard in training and that’s what I’m going to showcase on Friday.”ADVERTISEMENT
The fifth and final Test match between India and England will start as per schedule on December 16 at the Chepauk despite the severe cyclone Vardah that lashed the Tamil Nadu capital last evening.Tamil Nadu Cricket Association secretary Kashi Viswanathan said that although centre strip and the outfield have not been affected by the cyclone, the sight screen has been badly damaged, the bulbs of the floodlights blown off, a number of air-conditioners also got damaged and those need to be set in order in the next two days. (Also read: I don’t believe in playing sarcastic mind games, says Virat Kohli)”The assuring part is that the pitch and the outfield has not been affected by the cyclone. But sightscreen has been damaged. The bulbs have blown off, air conditioners damaged. There have been hundreds of tree trunks lying in the road leading upto the stadium. Our challenge is to set everything in order in the next two days. I am confident we will be able to set everything right,” Viswanthan told PTI on Tuesday.The veteran administrator also informed that like other years, three blocks will remain closed.