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

Giroud claims he rejected Chelsea

first_imgArsenal new boy Olivier Giroud has claimed that he turned down a move to Chelsea in order to sign for the Gunners.The France international, 25, completed a transfer to the Emirates Stadium from Montpellier this week.“The choice was between Chelsea and Arsenal. I chose Arsenal because of the club’s philosophy and stability,” he told French television channel TF1.“It is something that means a lot for me. I’ve always dreamed of playing in the Premier League and Arsenal are a great club with many French players.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Supporting social entrepreneurs

first_img16 August 2005Ashoka – Sanskrit for “the active absence of sorrow” – is a global organisation working to support and provide a network for social entrepreneurs in their quest to cure social ills. It’s been hard at work in South Africa since 1990. Ashoka was founded in 1980 by American Bill Drayton on the belief that social entrepreneurs have the highest leverage and widest impact for fixing social problems. The organisation provides the entrepreneurs with financial backing and a professional framework to help them spread their ideas and innovative solutions, individually and collectively.But what is a social entrepreneur?“The job of a social entrepreneur is to recognise when a part of society is stuck and to provide new ways to get it unstuck,” the organisation explains on its website. “He or she finds what is not working and solves the problem by changing the system, spreading the solution and persuading entire societies to take new leaps.“Social entrepreneurs are not content just to give a fish or teach how to fish. They will not rest until they have revolutionised the fishing industry.“They go beyond the immediate problem to fundamentally change communities, societies, the world.”Ashoka FellowsLeading social entrepreneurs can be nominated as Ashoka Fellows, after which they must undergo a rigorous search and selection process. In this, they must demonstrate that they have a big new socially relevant idea, creativity, entrepreneurial quality and ethical fibre.Ashoka provides new Fellows with a three-year living stipend, allowing them to focus full-time on building their institutions and spreading their ideas. Fellows also benefit from being a part of the Ashoka global fellowship for life. Ashoka continues to add to the array of services and opportunities for Fellows, designed to meet their needs at the different stages of their careers.Ashoka has invested in more than 1 500 Ashoka Fellows in 55 countries. These Fellows have transformed the lives of millions of people in thousands of communities worldwide. The organisation elects about 150 new Fellows every year.Into AfricaAshoka launched its Africa programme in 1990 with the election of the first Ashoka Fellows in southern Africa. It was followed by expansion into West Africa and the Sahel region in 1992 and the opening of the East Africa office in 2001. Operations covering North Africa and the Middle East began in 2003 with the launch of the Cairo office.Today there are over 200 Ashoka Fellows in 17 African countries, and roughly 25 new Fellows elected each year in Africa. Ashoka Africa has five regional offices based in South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria, Senegal, and Uganda.In South Africa, Ashoka has a nationwide presence with offices based in Johannesburg. With 85 Fellows working in Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe, the organisation has a firm footing in the region.Home-based careOne such innovator is Ashoka Fellow and nurse Veronica Khosa, who got up and did something about her frustrations with healthcare in South Africa. She saw sick people getting sicker, elderly people unable to get to a doctor and hospitals with empty beds that would not admit patients with HIV.So Veronica started Tateni Home Care Nursing Services, instituting the concept of home-based care in South Africa. Beginning with practically nothing, her team provided care to people in a way they had never received it – in the comfort and security of their homes.Just a few years later, the government has adopted her plan and, through the recognition of leading health organisations, the idea is spreading beyond South Africa.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Nissan turns over a new self-driving Leaf with ProPilot

first_imgTags:#Autonomous#driver assist#driverless#electric cars#Leaf#Nissan#Self-Driving 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… David Currycenter_img For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Related Posts Nissan has revealed some of the self-driving features coming to the next generation Leaf EV, due to start shipping before the end of the year.The ProPilot driver assist is not anywhere near the fully autonomous future we keep hearing about, but it will control steering, acceleration, and braking in a single freeway lane.See Also: Renault-Mitsubishi head sees self-driving dominance in 5 yearsNissan has been toying with self-driving for a few years now and already has driver assist programs active in Japan. ProPilot will release in North America and European markets.Freeways are expected to be the only place ProPilot will work, highways and non-urban roads are still out of the picture in 2017. Nissan plans to roll out lane change assist by 2018, but did not say if the Leaf EV launching this year would receive future updates.The Nissan Leaf EV 2017 will have a 60kw battery, good for 200 miles. That’s double the current Leaf’s battery size, without any major changes to the size of the car.Nissan is, like most automakers, playing it safe. After a few high profile accidents involving Tesla drivers and Waymo cars, the public are still against self-driving cars being allowed on the roads with human drivers.That said, Nissan has held driverless trials in Japan, the U.K. and the U.S. to show off its self-driving prowess. It is just going to take a few years for that to come to market.last_img read more

Old School Tools Deserving of a Comeback

first_imgWhen I first started working in the professional world, I was asked to do a number of tasks that, at the time, were difficult for me. Only later did I recognize the value.The Vision BoardAnother leader had me make a vision board. Because this idea has gone out of fashion, I’ll share what a vision board is for you here. It’s a giant piece of poster board on which you glue pictures of the things that you want in your life. It might be a house, or a car, or a vacation. You placed your vision board right in front of you as a reminder of what you wanted in your life.Most people don’t spend the time to decide what they want their life to look like, drifting on the currents as the world pushes them this way and that. The vision board deserves revisiting.A Mirror and a ScriptVery early in my career, I was required to make cold calls while looking at myself in a mirror that was provided for me. My company also provided me with a script. The mirror helped you understand the level of energy and enthusiasm you were bringing to the call. Your low energy sounded like a lack of interest on your part—and it showed in the mirror. Simply smiling when you make a call changes the energy of the call, improves how you are perceived, and increases the chances you gain the commitment for time, i.e. a meeting.The script was tight, focused only an appointment and a value proposition. It included the five objections you were certain to here, and those objections never failed to appear during the call. Knowing how to deal with them provided a higher level of confidence.Recording a Sales CallOne assignment I was required to complete was difficult and intimidating. I was required to find a prospect willing to record my sales call with them. As if it wasn’t difficult enough to get a meeting, I also had to sell the fact that I was going to record the interaction. I found a prospect who was willing to allow me to record my sales call, and the call seemed to go well—until I watched it back with my manager and my peers.I was unfocused, off point, and trying way too hard to make something happen. Some of my poor performance was due to the camera, but the real cause was my lack of preparation and control. It would have taken me a lot longer to correct these things had I not had the pain of reliving the call in front of my peers.These tools that were lost should be found. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Troy Rosario rejoins Gilas Pilipinas practice

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Andray Blatche participated in his second session with the team and was joined by veterans Jayson Castro, June Mar Fajardo, and Gabe Norwood.Also present were Japeth Aguilar, Allein Maliksi, Kevin Alas, Roger Pogoy, Matthew Wright, Roger Pogoy, Carl Bryan Cruz, and Calvin Abueva.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMac Belo also attended but remained in the sidelines, nursing a leg injury.Kiefer Ravena was also present, but sat out due to flu-like symptoms. Cadet Robert Bolick was also inactive due to a minor knee injury. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTroy Rosario was a pleasant surprise on Tuesday as he rejoined Gilas Pilipinas in practice at Meralco Gym.Still recovering from his awkward spill in TNT’s game against Phoenix on Wednesday,  the versatile forward was up and about as coach Chot Reyes enjoyed a full attendance for the session.ADVERTISEMENT Other cadet pool members CJ Perez, Arvin Tolentino, Abu Tratter, and Kenneth Tuffin gave the seniors squad a hand in this session.The Philippines is preparing for the second window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers. Gilas plays Australia on February 22 at Margaret Court Arena before taking on Japan on February 25 at Mall of Asia Arena.The Nationals will fly to Melbourne on February 19.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting AFP official booed out of forum Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Alejandro responds to the challenge in Go for Gold win View commentslast_img read more