Naughten welcomes plan to recruit Parkinson’s nurse

In Health, News by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD has welcomed confirmation from the HSE that plans to recruit a Parkinson’s Advanced Nurse Practitioner for Galway University Hospital are now at an advanced stage. Deputy Naughten was informed this week that the job specification for the full-time post is now being finalised. The Parkinson’s Advanced Nurse Practitioner post helps patients to manage their illness through making …

20,000 on respiratory waiting lists as Government focuses on “air quality” – Naughten

In Environment, Health, Posts by Topic by Denis Naughten

  Over 20,000 people are currently awaiting respiratory outpatient appointments with over a quarter of those already waiting more than 18 months at a time when “air quality” are the buzz words being used by Government, Denis Naughten has highlighted. Figures provided to Denis Naughten by the HSE show that 20,632 adults and children are currently on waiting lists for …

Carbon taxes are penalising families not driving climate change

In Blog, Business & Jobs, Energy, Environment, Families, Health, Jobs by Denis Naughten

The carbon tax is supposed to be an environmental tax to drive behavioural change when it comes to the use of fossil fuels. In such circumstances the most effective tax is the one that brings in little revenue because it is doing what it should do, namely, driving behavioural change. Today, a carbon tax has no impact on behaviour because …

Health Minister questioned on failure to manage long-Covid cases

In Blog, Health, Posts by Topic by Denis Naughten

Today in Dáil Éireann I questioned the Health Minister, Stephen Donnelly TD on the lack of decisive action by the HSE to manage the surge of long-Covid cases which now range between 145,000 and 300,000 cases.   I based these questions on the replies that I received last month from the HSE to previous Dáil questions: Online supports engagement on …

Closure of vaccination centre premature – Naughten

In Health, Local Issues, News, Posts by Topic by Denis Naughten

The decision to close Roscommon Vaccination Centre later this month is premature and should be delayed at least until a decision on the need for an additional Covid booster vaccine has been made, local TD Denis Naughten has stated. “We have seen recently that Sweden’s Health Agency has recommended those aged 80 or above or living in nursing homes should …

Children being abandoned on waiting lists in Roscommon & Galway

In Blog, Disability, Families, Health, Posts by Topic, Young People by Denis Naughten

Last week I raised the appalling waiting list for local children in the Dáil. This is what I said: There are 436 children awaiting physiotherapy appointments in County Galway, some of whom have been waiting 176 weeks for such appointments. There are 95 children awaiting these appointments in County Roscommon. On speech and language waiting lists, 971 children were awaiting …

Waiting list delays finding 7 to 10 cancers a day – Naughten

In Health, Local Issues, News, Posts by Topic by Denis Naughten

Record waiting lists within our health service are resulting in delays in finding 7 to 10 invasive cancers every day, Denis Naughten TD has told An Taoiseach in the Dáil this afternoon. Deputy Naughten pointed to several reasons, including the impact of Covid, which have resulted in the record waiting lists across our health service. He went on to say …

People with a disability coping with a 9 year lockdown – Naughten

In Disability, Families, Health, Local Issues, News, Posts by Topic by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten has told the Dáil that people with a disability have effectively been coping with a 9-year lockdown because of the failure by successive Governments to put transport supports in place to allow them to access work and other community activities. “Nine years ago in 2013 the Government suspended the Mobility Allowance and Motorised Transport Grant for …

Waiting list delays finding 7 to 10 cancers a day – Naughten

In Health, Posts by Topic by Denis Naughten

Record waiting lists within our health service are resulting in delays in finding 7 to 10 invasive cancers every day, Denis Naughten TD has told An Taoiseach in the Dáil this afternoon. Deputy Naughten pointed to several reasons, including the impact of Covid, which have resulted in the record waiting lists across our health service. He went on to say …

Potential diagnosis for long Covid cannot be performed in Ireland – Naughten

In Health, News, Posts by Topic by Denis Naughten

The test for long Covid cannot be performed in Ireland despite UK researchers having found a potential way to diagnose it, Denis Naughten TD has revealed.   “A new test which identifies previously undetected damage to the lungs of long Covid patients, and which may prove a vital tool in providing a definitive diagnosis for those who have not fully …