More than 3,000 surgeries cancelled by Letterkenny Hospital since 2014

first_imgA total of 3,300 In-Patient and Day Case surgical procedures have been cancelled by authorities at Letterkenny University Hospital since 2014.Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty has condemned the HSE figures.Describing the numbers as ‘totally unacceptable’, the Donegal T.D. is now calling on the Minister for Health to outline what steps will be taken to reduce the problem of hospital cancellations and to ensure that patients here are not being denied access to treatments. He fumed “Prior to the Dáil Summer recess I raised the issue of surgical procedure cancellations with the Minister for Health and I challenged him to provide information on the number of surgeries which have been forced to be cancelled over the last few years.“I’ve now received those statistics from the HSE and the figures do not make for pleasant reading.“They reveal that between 2014 and August this year, there have been 425 In-Patient admissions cancelled by Letterkenny hospital while – during the same period – management at the hospital have had to cancel a further 2,875 Day-Patient surgeries.“This means that over the past five and half years, the hospital has cancelled a total of 3,300 surgical procedures for its patients – that is totally unacceptable and wrong.” The Donegal politician said he understood operations may have to be cancelled for any number of reasons however these figures highlight the sensitivity of the system.He added “Insufficient capacity, hospital outbreaks, staffing shortages, etc., all impact on surgery scheduling and if one link in the chain is missing then the whole system effectively collapses.“Worryingly however is that behind every one of those stats is an individual: a patient who is in need of care yet is being denied access to timely treatment.“Similarly, the hospital continues to experience significant challenges with delayed discharges, something which is being exacerbated by the ongoing shortage of Home Help hours.“As a result, patients who have been deemed to be medically fit to be discharged from the hospital have nowhere to go and must remain in the acute setting while they wait on home care supports to be made available.” All of these different factors are having a negative impact on the space available for elective procedures and this is why we are seeing such a huge number of operations being cancelled or rescheduled by the hospital, he added.“Evidently through not having properly resourced health services such as In-Home Support packages, as well as overseeing a recruitment embargo across the health system, the Government and the Minister have created this situation.“Regrettably, patients are suffering as a result of Government inaction and ineptitude and moreover they are being denied access to timely care.“As the Dáil is set to resume in the coming weeks, I intend to ask Minister Harris what measures he now plans to take to address these challenges facing the hospital and to seriously tackle the problem of patients having surgical procedures cruelly cancelled through no fault of their own.” More than 3,000 surgeries cancelled by Letterkenny Hospital since 2014 was last modified: August 29th, 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:cancelleddonegalhospitalOperationsPearse Dohertysurgerieslast_img read more

Prep roundup: New face takes top spot on the links; Mack, Arcata volleyball nab wins

first_imgArcata … Girls golfThrough the first four rounds of the season the same two names, Avary Henry and Phoebe Sundberg, sat atop the leader board when all was said an done.Thursday at the Eureka Municipal Golf Course a new face rose up to take the top spot.McKinleyville’s Isabella Sundberg shot a field-low 86 to win the fifth round of the Humboldt-Del Norte League girls golf season.Isabella Sundberg finished in third-place in each of the first four rounds before Thursday’s breakthrough.last_img

R157m in incentives for BPO projects

first_imgThere are no additional restrictions placed over and above the normal forex regulations on how companies can use their grants. “The incentives will be used to offset expenditure in order to make applicants more globally competitive when servicing offshore clients out of South Africa,” Davies said in Parliament in Cape Town this week. “The grants cover only a portion of the operational costs related to the project. “There are no further restrictions preventing companies from ceasing operations after the incentive period,” said Davies. 8 September 2011 “Disbursements are not made upfront but are paid only after confirmation that jobs have been created.” The jobs created by the beneficiaries have to be in place for a minimum period of three years. This implies that if a company creates additional employment at the end of the third year, it will have to retain all jobs over a period of five years.center_img South Africa has approved grants worth R157.76-million to 10 projects over the next three years under its business process outsourcing incentive scheme, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. In January this year, the Department of Trade and Industry announced a new set of incentives aimed at attracting foreign investment in an effort to strengthen the country’s presence in the business process outsourcing and offshoring industry. The grants will be disbursed to 10 projects over the next three years. They are expected to create over 11 000 jobs. Companies that will receive grants include Old Mutual Assurance, Call Centre International and Amicorp South Africa. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Yahoo Releases YQL-Powered Meme API

first_imgjolie odell Tags:#web#Yahoo Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market As an example of what YQL allows developers to do, Atlassian CEO Mike Cannon-Brooks told us in May, “YQL… allows you to build tables of data from other sources online, using Javascript as a programming language and run it on Yahoo!’s servers, so the infrastructure needs are very small.” Also from our May coverage:According to Yahoo Chief Technologist Sam Pullara, the idea behind YQL (launched in October 2008) was to create an agnostic query language similar to SQL, a language familiar to most developers, and let developers use that language to use the Internet as a huge database. “If you make it universally and simply accessible so every application developer doesn’t have to learn every API, it’s be easier for developers to create apps from the data users have taken so much time to make available on the Internet.”Although YQL looks a lot like SQL, it treats the info on the web as a virtual table that developers can manipulate in a standardized way, regardless of the API that data came from. Developers only had to know how to use YQL to quickly create simple mashups.Interested developers can check out the Meme documentation. The API, the site says, “is intended for developers who are familiar with RESTful Web services.” In addition to offering superior support for multimedia content and simple access through YQL, Meme also has an excellent built-in repost function, an asymmetrical friendship model, and OAuth compliance. Yahoo Meme, a rich-media microblog that originally started as a Portuguese-only web app and has since expanded to Spanish and English language versions, is often mistakenly called a Twitter clone.However, in stark contrast to the 140-character wunder-app, Meme has proven in the months since its release to be a much better platform for multimedia sharing and cross-platform content curation. Now, the Tumblr/Twitter/Posterous hybrid is offering an API built on top of YQL, Yahoo!’s query language that we covered back in May, when we were impressed with its power, versatility, and uniqueness. The Yahoo team has already used the API to develop a version of Meme for smartphones.According to the Yahoo Developer Network post announcing the release, “Developers can use this open API to create new applications based on Meme as well as easily create mashups with other products through YQL.” Related Posts last_img read more

Magazine Industry Traitors

first_imgIn my 11 years of publishing, I find this to be the most exciting, vibrant and interesting time I’ve experienced and looking at this time period as an incredible breeding ground for experimentation and innovation. I only see good things ahead for magazines and, more importantly, publishing companies that are willing to face the fact that this ain’t your mother’s or father’s publishing industry. So either get on board, or walk that plank![PHOTO: Disney] What ever happened to the idea that a good captain always goes down with his ship? Or in this case, his magazine? The doom and gloom surrounding the magazine/print business is scaring very talented publishing professionals away from the industry altogether. They are, in droves, flocking to anything that has the word “digital” attached to it—it’s truly starting to feel like 1999’s dot-com migration, at least some level, all over again.What about standing and fighting? I wonder if that thought has occurred at all, or if these individuals have become so disenchanted with the print business that they have just thrown up their hands.I’ve personally had many conversations with other publishers about this subject and there is a very clear line of distinction between those who grew up in the traditional world of publishing who have not been able to embrace change, innovate or see their brands as more than a circulation driven ad-page model, and those who actually see this supposed “dark period” as pure opportunity for experimentation, building beyond ad pages and circulation and concentrating on all of the exciting opportunities and platforms for magazine brands in areas outside of the busted newsstand sales, subscriptions and ad page business models.last_img read more

Facebook suspends Russiabacked pages targeting millennials

first_img Tags Share your voice Facebook has reportedly suspended three popular video pages designed to appeal to millennials after discovering the pages were backed by the Russian government. The pages, which Facebook suspended Friday, are run by Maffick Media, whose majority stakeholder is Ruptly, a subsidiary of Russia-backed RT, CNN reports. Facebook plans to contact the people running the pages and ask them to disclose their affiliations to get their pages back, CNN said. The move is unusual for Facebook, as it doesn’t require users to provide information about parent companies. But in an effort in increase transparency on the platform, Facebook has taken aggressive steps to identify covert government-supported information on its service. With more than 2 billion users worldwide, Facebook has been under pressure to reduce disinformation, hate speech and inauthentic behavior on the site. In 2017, the tech firm revealed it found evidence that Russians used the social network to meddle in the 2016 US presidential election and sow discord among Americans. Since then, Facebook has pulled down hundreds of accounts including some tied to influence campaigns by Iran. Facebook said that users shouldn’t be misled about who’s behind the pages they connect with. “Just as we’ve stepped up our enforcement of coordinated inauthentic behavior and financially motivated spam over the past year, we’ll continue improving so people can get more information about the Pages they follow,” a Facebook spokesman said in a statement. “For example, we’re now rolling out in phases an update to Pages with large audiences to include information about the primary countries they’re managed from. “Since this feature isn’t live yet for all, we’ll be reaching out to admins of these Pages to ask that they disclose this additional information and their affiliation with their parent company to get back on the platform,” Facebook said Maffick Media denied breaking Facebook’s rules. “We did not violate any of Facebook’s policies whatsoever. None of our content promotes disinformation or fake news,” the company said in a statement to its website Sunday. Disinformation has long been a part of Russia’s foreign policy strategy, and social media has allowed the trolling effort to expand on a viral scale. US intelligence agencies have warned Congress that these campaigns will continue in the future. The pages, which focused on current events, history and the environment, collected more than 30 million views since September, CNN reported. Originally published at 1:25 p.m. PT Updated at 3:15 p.m. with Facebook statement. Facebook Comments Internet Tech Industry 2last_img read more

Teacher constable among 6 killed in separate road crashes

first_imgMap of DhakaAt least six people were killed and several others injured in three separate road accidents in Dhaka city, Kushtia and Narshingdi districts on Tuesday morning.An on-duty police constable was killed in a road accident near Gabtali bus terminal in the capital around 7:00am.The deceased is Abdul Mazid, 35, a resident of Naogaon district.Witnesses said Abdul Mazid died around 9:00am while undergoing treatment at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital’s emergency unit.Traffic police sergeant Monir Hossain said on-duty Mazid was injured as a truck hit him in Gabtali area.His body is kept in DMCH morgue.Map of NarsingdiIn Narsingdi, according to news agency UNB, a primary school teacher and a young man were killed in a head-on collision between a truck and CNG-run auto-rickshaw on Narsingdi-Raipura road in Sadar upazila on Tuesday morning.The deceased are Fatema Tuz Johora, 24, a teacher of Panchchabati Primary School and a resident of Puranpara area in district town and Bashir Miah, 26, of the area.The accident took place around 8:30am when a Raipura-bound CNG-run auto-rickshaw collided head-on with a truck from opposite direction, leaving Fatema dead on the spot and four others critically injured, said Md Muzaffar Ahmed, officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station.Locals rescued the injured and sent them to Narsingdi Sadar Hospital from where Bashir was referred to Dhaka Medical College Hospital as his condition was deteriorating.Bashir succumbed to his injuries on way to DMCH, the OC added.Map of KushtiaIn Kushtia, three people were killed and several others were injured as bus knocked down a battery-run auto-vehicle (locally known easy-bike) in Sadar upazila of the district around 9:45am.Identities of the deceased could not be known immediately.Police and witnesses said a bus of SB Paribahan hit the battery-run vehicle after one of its tyres exploded, leaving three people dead on the spot.The injured were admitted to Kushtia General Hospital, the witnesses added.Islamic University police station officer-in-charge Ratan Sheikh said identities of the deceased could not be known as yet.last_img read more

Trump threatens to pull law enforcement from California

first_imgUS president Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with state and local officials on school safety in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on 22 February, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPUS president Donald Trump threatened to pull immigration and other federal law enforcement agents from California on Thursday, a warning shot to the country’s richest and most populous state.Complaining that California was not complying with his hardline position on migrants, Trump warned he could cut vital help from Washington and prompt a crime wave.”Frankly it’s a disgrace, the sanctuary city situation,” he said, referring to a policy adopted by around 300 local authorities, cities and states of limiting cooperation with strict federal immigration edicts.”We are getting no help from the state of California,” Trump continued, claiming the state was protecting members of the violent MS13 gang.”Frankly if I wanted to pull our people from California you would have a crime mess like you’ve never seen,” he said focusing on the role of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and other agencies.”All I would have to do is say ICE and Border Patrol leave California alone and you would be inundated, you would see crime like no one has ever seen crime in this country.”Trump has repeatedly equated migrants with criminals, and made hardline migration policies a central plank of his political platform.”In two months they’d be begging for us to come back. They would be begging. And you know what, I’m thinking about doing it.”last_img read more

Nobody wants monarchy in Bangladesh says Kamal

first_imgJatiya Oikya Front leader Kamal Hossain speaking at a programme organised by Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rob) at Jatiya Press Club on Friday. Photo: Prothom AloStating that the government is in trouble, Jatiya Oikya Front convener Kamal Hossain on Friday warned that it will not be able to run the country for long with ‘falsehood’, reports UNB.”This government is in trouble as it’s running the country staying in power without (proper) election. It’s now making various promises which are very difficult to fulfill,” Kamal said while speaking at a discussion arranged by Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rob) marking the historic first flag hoisting day. “What happened on the night of 29 December? Was it a free, fair and neutral election? What was it actually? I would like to say it’s difficult to run a country of 160 million people based on falsehood and wrong information. It can’t be done, ” said the noted lawyer.Kamal, also the president of Gono Forum, said there is no disagreement among the people over some basic issues and they all believe that they are the owners of the country.”Nobody wants a monarchy here and nobody wants to see any king or queen here. Bengalee is such a nation which will never accept any king or queen in the country.”He said people now feel some sort of helplessness as the government is not showing respect for them as the owners of the country.”But no one should feel helpless when there are 17 crore people who can play the role of owners of the country. Those who think they have become the country’s owners dividing people they are making a mistake.”The Oikya Front chief said the country’s people ousted the autocratic rulers, including HM Ershad, through their united efforts in the past. “We’ll also get united now and bring the country under our occupation through a democratic and constitutional process.”Mentioning that the country was liberated based on unity of people; he said people’s ownership of the country will also be restored now based on unison among them.Speaking at the programme, JSD president Abdur Rob recalled the memory of hoisting the country’s flag for the first time on 2 March, 1971.Describing the current government as autocratic one, he said it will not leave power easily unless people come up with a united and strong resistance against it.Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna said Awami League has snatched people’s voting rights on 29 December by using the state machinery.”The Awami League which liberated the country under the leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujiubur Rahman doesn’t exist in the country. The current Awami League is an associate body of police league.”He said people on Thursday sent out a message to the government that they do not want any election under it by not going to polling stations to cast their votes in the by-polls to Dhaka North City Corporation’s mayoral post.last_img read more