Save Our Services (05-07-11)


See also: Save Our Services (11-07-11)

Round up of health service news via Irish Central:

Cork

Confirmation last week that orthopaedic services will move from St Mary’s Orthopaedic to the South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital has been blasted in Cork as a “shameless u-turn”, amid calls for Fine Gael TD, Dara Murphy, to resign.

Around 300 people, some carrying signs saying “Betrayed by Dara and Kathleen”, gathered outside the health facility in Gurranabraher on Tuesday. They protested against the move, which was confirmed last week following a review by the Department of Health, despite a promise by the Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly earlier this year that the closure would not take place.

In an interview with the Cork Independent on Wednesday, 23 February 2011, Cllr Dara Murphy said that Dr James Reilly, then party health spokesperson, had given Cllr Murphy his commitment to maintain the services at St Mary’s while he was Lord Mayor.

“It makes no sense to move the service from a green open space to a congested and cramped facility at a cost of €4m. That would be wrong,” he said in February.

Sinn Féin TD, Jonathan O’Brien, criticized the decision last week to move and called on Fine Gael TD Dara Murphy to resign from the parliamentary party.
Source: (Cork Independent)

Donegal

A brave Donegal teenager is preparing for a bone marrow operation which she hopes will end a six and a half year battle with a rare form of cancer.

Sixteen-year-old Niamh McNulty from Convoy will have the transplant in Dublin this week. Since she was ten she has been battling a rare form of leukaemia which affects only four people in Ireland.

Now her wait for bone marrow transplant has come to an end after a suitable donor was found in Germany. Niamh was diagnosed with the illness in March 2005 and has battled through pain, weekly trips to hospital in Letterkenny and Dublin and chemotherapy. In January this year Niamh became seriously ill and her family were called to Dublin fearing the worst but the brave teenager rallied and is now set for her transplant operation.

Niamh has lost her hair four times due to chemotherapy but her wit and spirt makes light of what would be traumatic for others. “God only made a few perfect heads but the rest he covered with hair,” she said.

Niamh’s mother Bernie praised her daughter for the courage and spirit with which she has faced such adversity. “Through her battle for life she has smiled and joked and loved live,” she said. “She’s a fighter, a survivor and a pleasure to have in our lives. I love her to bits and we hope this transplant works and then maybe we can have some kind of normal life.”
(Source: Donegal Democrat)

Kerry

A small group of protesters have met the Taoiseach in Newcastle West, Co Limerick, last week where he opened the constituency office of Patrick O’Donovan, Fine Gael TD for Limerick.

Parents from schools in Tarbert, Ardfert and Lauragh in Co Kerry, complained to him they have no school buses to service the schools in their area.

The Taoiseach engaged with them and explained that all of CIÉ’s costs, including those of school buses, are to be examined to see where savings could be made.
(Source: Irish Times)

Roscommon

The Roscommon Hospital Action Committee has announced plans to protest at Leinster House this Wednesday and stage a demonstration on seven bridges crossing the River Shannon two days later.

RHAC Chairman John McDermott said a decision is also being made to send up to 50 people to the perimeter of the A&E Unit at University College Galway Hospital on Monday.

They will demonstrate their concerns over the hospital’s inability to provide care for additional patients if Roscommon is downgraded.

In a linked move, volunteers from community groups and the farming sector have started to erect protest signage on the N5 and N6 national primary routes in Co Roscommon.
(Source: The Roscommon Champion)

Sligo

Women from throughout the region are to stage a public protest at Sligo General Hospital on Wednesday in a bid to save the job of ‘a charismatic’ consultant obstetrician/gynaecologist.

Dr. Raouf Sallam, who has worked at the hospital as a locum for the past four years, did not have his contract renewed when it expired at the end of last week, and it’s believed the post has already been filled by another appointment.

Furious patients of the Egyptian born doctor have now launched a campaign in an unprecedented move to save his job. A petition has already been signed by close to 200 patients and members of their families, and Health Minister, James Reilly, has been urged to intervene.
(Source: The Sligo Champion)



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