Major success for Naughten as he confirms MAU hours to be extended at Roscommon Hospital

In Featured, Health by Denis Naughten

Minister Denis Naughten has announced the extension of opening hours at the Medical Assessment Unit at Roscommon Hospital in a move that will see increased numbers of patients treated at the hospital while also relieving pressure on surrounding A&E departments. The MAU currently opens from 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday and Minister Naughten had committed to securing the extended …

Naughten confirms Government extends maternity benefit to mothers of pre-mature babies

In Featured, Health by Denis Naughten

Local Minister Denis Naughten confirms the Government is extending maternity leave and benefit to mothers of pre-mature babies. Under the plan a mother would be entitled to receive an extra period of maternity leave and benefit in addition to the current statutory 26 weeks of paid maternity leave. “The extended period of benefit would be equivalent to the duration between …

Minister Naughten raises concerns over mental health review delays

In Health by Denis Naughten

Local Minister Denis Naughten has confirmed that he has raised his concerns at Cabinet over ongoing delays surrounding the publication of the review of the Roscommon Mental Health Services. This follows news that the publication of the review has once again been delayed and is now not expected to be made available to relevant stakeholders until the end of August. …

Naughten confirms Government’s plan to deliver more affordable childcare this September

In Featured, Health, Posts by Topic by Denis Naughten

Local Minister Denis Naughten has confirmed that childcare will become more affordable from this September for parents across Roscommon-Galway. The Cabinet agreed its plans to make childcare more affordable from September using the additional €19m of childcare funding agreed in Budget 2017. Minister Naughten confirmed that his government colleague the Minister for Children Katherine Zappone secured Cabinet approval for a …

Roscommon-Galway Childcare providers can avail of new funding

In Featured, Health, News by Denis Naughten

Roscommon-Galway childcare providers can apply for support from a new national €4m fund according to Local Minister Denis Naughten. Minister Naughten says local crèches, community services and other childcare providers can apply for funding for new places, maintenance and outdoor play areas. Individual childcare centres can receive funding of up to €50,000 under the 2017 Early Years Capital Funding Scheme. …

Prescription charges for medical card holders come into effect Wednesday March 1st

In Featured, Health by Denis Naughten

Feb 27th, 2017 Local Cabinet Minister Denis Naughten has confirmed that the reduction in the prescription charge for medical card holders aged over 70 will come into effect tomorrow March 1st following this morning’s Cabinet meeting to copper-fasten the reduced charges in law that were announced in Budget 2017.  “The change will result in savings from tomorrow for many of …

Appointment of child psychologist to be a priority – Minister Naughten

In Health, Posts by Topic by Denis Naughten

The recruitment of a child psychologist for County Roscommon is to be treated as a priority by the HSE, local Minister Denis Naughten has confirmed. Minister Naughten had sought approval of the post to address the growing waiting list of children in the county who are unable to access child psychology services. “The vacant position in Primary Care Psychology in …

Naughten confirms improvements to ambulance service in 2017

In Health by Denis Naughten

Local Minister Denis Naughten has confirmed the Cabinet has approved an additional allocation of €1m for improvements in the National Ambulance Service in 2017, as part of the overall HSE Service Plan. Also included in the 2017 HSE Service Plan is a commitment to develop protocols for the transport of patients to facilities other than Emergency Departments, which would allow …

Palliative care funding will allow children to spend last Christmas at home – Naughten

In Health by Denis Naughten

Confirmation of a children’s palliative care outreach nurse service in the 2017 HSE Service Plan will ensure many children with a terminal illness will be able to spend their last Christmas at home surrounded by family, states Minister Denis Naughten. Additional funding is also to be provided for specialist paediatric palliative care in acute hospital settings which will improve the …