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

Giants reportedly ‘making fun of’ Bay Bridge Trophy

first_imgThe Bay Bridge Trophy, an object of ridicule? Say it ain’t so.Henry Schulman, veteran Giants beat writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, has no problem speaking the cold, hard truth.The trophy, formally known as The Bridge, was introduced in 2018 by NBC Bay Area and NBC Sports California. Fabricated from steel from the demolished eastern span of the Bay Bridge, it was envisioned to be a venerable, meaningful symbol to be awarded to the winner of the Bay Bridge interleague series between …last_img

Ohio Smart Agriculture: Solutions from the Land program launched

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A multi-year project designed to help Ohio farmers adapt to a changing climate, improve the resiliency of their operations, as well as boost a wide array of ecosystem services from their land, while supporting local communities by producing nutritious food, is officially launching this week with the inaugural meeting of the Steering Committee of the Ohio Smart Agriculture: Solutions from the Land project.The Steering Committee — comprised from a diverse coalition of state agricultural, environmental and food security leaders — aims to construct a strategy and action plan for making Ohio agriculture more sustainable and robust, while enabling the state’s farmland to deliver multiple food, feed, fiber, energy and ecosystems services from the land.Solutions from the Land (SfL), a national collaboration led by an acclaimed group of active farm, forestry and conservation leaders, is coordinating the three- to five-year project with the assistance of a $500,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Teaming up with SfL on the initiative will be The Ohio State University’s Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT), along with other partners.The initiative builds on multi-stakeholder partnerships that have been developing in the state around water quality, food policy and sustainable agriculture projects, and will bring together innovators through dialogue and planning to improve climate resiliency, and achieve nutrition, energy, environmental, health and economic goals.Taking a holistic, integrated approach to land management, the Steering Committee begins this week to identify, build and nurture the value chains that support the sustainable production of food, feed, fiber, energy and ecosystem services, and the delivery of goods and services up the food chain all the way to the most urban consumers.One of the first steps to be undertaken through this project is to directly respond to the challenge of food insecurity, the lack of reliable access to a sufficient amount of food for an active, healthy life for all household members. One in six residents in Ohio struggle with keeping nutritious food on the table, and nearly one in four children face days without adequate, nutritious food. Food assistance can be critical to low-income residents, including the elderly and disabled individuals, who otherwise have to choose between paying for food or paying their utility bills or rent.“The value of good, nutritious food for healthy children, adults, seniors and to communities as a whole cannot be overstated. Food security leads to positive outcomes in brain development, education, health condition, worker productivity and overall well-being,” said Lisa Hamler-Fuggitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks and a co-chair of the project. “Ohio is a national leader in agriculture, and Ohio’s farm community time and again has stepped up to assure fresh, Ohio-produced meats, dairy products, fruits, vegetables and much more are part of the solution to addressing food insecurity in our state.“This initiative will provide a critical boost in momentum to assure we can continue to feed the state’s most vulnerable citizens.”Another challenge to the state’s food security to be addressed by the project is soil degradation caused by erosion, organic matter and nutrient depletion, and elemental imbalance.“The soil is the foundation of our farms. But it is more than that; it is also the foundation of the health of all mankind,” said Joe Hartzler, the other project co-chair, a Wooster dairy farmer and a cofounder of the Agroecosystems Management Program at OSU. “A healthy soil will produce a healthy plant. A healthy plant consumed will produce a healthy animal. A healthy animal consumed will produce healthy people. Like my Dad, Harold Hartzler used to say, ‘All life begins in the soil.’”This week, Steering Committee members will review the project’s goals, objectives and outcomes, as well as discuss and refine their vision, plan of work and timetable. The committee will identify the building blocks that can make up the Ohio Smart Agriculture Action Plan, and discuss the process that will be followed for developing the plan.The committee begins its two-day session with a tour of mission-related operations, including the South Side Roots Café & Market, a local market operated by the Mid-Ohio Foodbank to assist local communities to gain access to nutritious food at affordable prices; Franklinton Gardens, a 2.5-acre urban farm that grows 44 different types of fruits and vegetables year-round in environmentally-sustainable ways, and distributes them to community residents at reduced cost; Price Farms Organics, in Delaware County, an Ohio EPA Certified composting facility that sells high quality mulch, topsoil and compost; and the Seminary Hill Farm, a certified organic farm that rests on 5 acres of land on the campus of Methodist Theological School in Ohio, outside of Columbus.“The Steering Committee has committed to lofty goals, but members acknowledge the needs of the future are not met by small ambition,” said Fred Yoder, an Ohio grain farmer, a member of the committee and an SfL board member.For additional information, contact Ernie Shea, SfL president and the Ohio Smart Agriculture project coordinator, at 410-952-0123, or via email at [email protected]last_img read more

PBA: San Miguel snaps skid, downs Rain or Shine

first_imgPBA IMAGESSan Miguel Beer stopped a two-game slide with a 103-96 win over Rain or Shine in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Chris Ross helped the Beermen buck another meager performance by Terik Bridgeman with a conference-high 27 points on 5-of-8 shooting from long range.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lassiter had 22 points, Santos added 18 while Fajardo posted a double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds.J’Nathan Bullock collected 22 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists for the Elasto Painters, whose winning streak ended at three games.Both the Beermen and the Painters have 4-3 slates.ADVERTISEMENT Perkins leads NLEX-SCTEX team in Merlion Cup Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “Finally. We really need to win this game because we’re in a slump,” said SMB head coach Leo Austria.“The team is relieved because we cannot afford to have three straight losses. It’s very crucial for us and I’m happy for the players because they showed their energy.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBridgeman, who scored only two points in his PBA debut in a loss to Alaska on Saturday, didn’t have anything to show for the second consecutive game but four points on 2-of-9 shooting from the field, four rebounds and two turnovers in a little over 15 minutes of action.Fortunately for the Beermen, they have an All-Star local cast with Ross, Marcio Lassiter, Arwind Santos and June Mar Fajardo sharing much of the offensive load. View commentslast_img read more

Team Lakay champs eager to prove they can also hold on to ONE belts

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “For us, we’re more motivated when we’re training together because one of us is fighting after the other,” Pacio told Filipino reporters Friday.“We’re also more motivated because we want to prove that we deserve winning the belts.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsTeam Lakay’s bid to keep the belts begins on Saturday when Pacio puts his strawweight strap on the line against Yosuke Saruta of Japan in the headliner of ONE: Eternal Glory here. LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ “We need to prove that we cannot only win the belt but to also hold the belt for as long as we can.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img June Mar Fajardo hard on himself after ‘terrible’ season debut for San Miguel SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ONE champions from Team Lakay. Photo from Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJAKARTA, Indonesia–The new year has been strenuous for Team Lakay with two of its champions in Joshua Pacio and Geje Eustaquio defending their titles just six days apart.But Pacio wouldn’t have it any other way.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Win or lose, Pacio and the rest of Team Lakay in Jakarta will then, head back home early Monday morning with Eustaquio scheduled for his third fight against Adriano Moraes Friday at Mall of Asia Arena in Manila.Pacio added 2019 will be full of challenges for Team Lakay after the Baguio City-based stable racked up a total of four world championships with Kevin Belingon also earning the bantamweight belt and Eduard Folayang becoming a two-time lightweight champion last year.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more