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Hospital winter plan will fail completely to meet public demand – Cope

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first_imgDeputy 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 Planlast_img read more

Blinka.me: If Craigslist’s Missed Connections Got Its Own Website

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first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Duncan Shand, Blinka’s CEO, wrote us in an email, “The core difference with our site over other ‘missed connection’ sites is that we’re not a classified listings site. On Blinka.me you put in your moment. If the other person does too, then our system will register a match based on location and time and automatically send an email notification.“In fact we have a patent pending around the matching method, so if this goes through, things could get interesting.”Shand has been working on Blinka for the past year. The site has been live for 12 weeks and is halfway through its beta testing period.So far, the majority of data is geographically centered in New Zealand and Australia, but more users in the U.S. and other countries would generate more data, add more hot spots, create more moments, and ultimately expand the site’s reach. Blinka has a bright, simple UI that makes the site a pleasure to use. This startup’s success comes down to gaining a critical mass of users who frequent the same pubs or attend the same conferences. We can see the site going over well through a lobbycon campaign at tech conferences, getting inebriated early adopters to sign up, post moments, and reconnect with one another.Check out this video from Blinka, and let us know what you think of this service in the comments. Tags:#start#startups 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts center_img Whether the venue is a local bar or a professional conference, we all meet people whose identities and contact information slip away before we can establish a more meaningful connection.Although missed connections sections in personals and classifieds make for great reading on a boring Tuesday night, some kind of more powerful tool – with a greater share of the market – is needed to act as a beacon between social and professional ships passing in the night. One site among several devoted to this cause is the shiny, new Blinka.me, a very 2.0 version of your local alternative weekly’s back pages.On this site, users are invited to create accounts using Facebook Connect or a manual signup process. They then can share “moments” of various types or browse “hot spots” to find out where locals are meeting and connecting – or missing connections – in a given area. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… jolie odell A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Pacio unfazed by last-minute opponent change

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first_imgPhoto 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 stingcenter_img 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.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Afghan Taliban says killing of its top leaders brother wont derail peace

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first_imgKarachi: The Afghan Taliban has said the killing of its chief Mullah Haibatullah Akhun dzada’s brother in a blast at a mosque in Pakistan’s troubled Balochistan province will not derail the peace talks with the US.The brother of the Taliban chief was among seven people killed when a powerful bomb ripped through the mosque during Friday prayers in Kuchlak area, 25-kilometre from Quetta. Twenty-two people were injured in the attack.Nobody took responsibility of the attack and Pakistan officials only said that an improvised explosive device (IED) was planted inside the building. The IED contained around eight to 10 kilograms of explosives which was planted inside the mosque, police said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe Afghan Taliban confirmed on Saturday that Hafiz Ahmadullah, younger brother of Haibatullah, was killed in the Friday attack, asserting that peace talks with the United States would not be affected in its wake.A senior Taliban source said that Ahmadullah was the imam of the mosque.According to information available, the Taliban chief was not present at the mosque when the bomb was set off. His brother, who was leading the Friday prayers, was killed and his son injured. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsA local police official said the attack may have been an attempt to target the Afghan Taliban leader.The killing of the Taliban leader’s brother came at a crucial time when talks between the militant group and the US have entered their final phase.Pakistan is a key player in the talks between the Taliban and the US in an effort to end the war in Afghanistan and allow withdrawal of American troops.The US wants to withdraw thousands of troops and turn the page on its longest ever war.last_img read more

Edmonton diner prepares for biggest night ever

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first_imgAPTN National NewsA local diner in Edmonton has been serving hot dinners for the city’s homeless for well over a decade.On Tuesday, the owner and staff of B’s Diner are preparing for their biggest feast yet.APTN’s Chris Stewart brings us this festive story.cstewart@aptn.calast_img