Covid evidence in the clouds, as Government consider Level 3.51 for December – Naughten

In Families, Health, Jobs, Local Issues, News, Tourism by Denis Naughten

Current 5 level lockdown model must be replaced   Denis Naughten TD has called on the Taoiseach to access the large amounts of data on Covid-19 infections that the HSE is storing in the cloud in advance of making decisions on how the lockdown is to be lifted. “Government is looking at some type of easing of restrictions that would …

We should scrap current Covid level restriction model – Naughten

In Families, Health, Jobs, News, Older People, Tourism, Young People by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD has called for the scrapping of the current 5 level ‘living with Covid-19’ model and it’s replacement with an Irish specific model that opens up as much of society as possible while ensuring the next wave of infection does not lead to a further lockdown. “Too many of the restrictions introduced here are based on advice from …

Disappearing or not, the fact is HSE did not order enough flu vaccine – Naughten

In Health, News by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD has claimed it is clear from reports coming from GPs across the country that there remains a significant shortfall between the number of high-risk groups seeking the flu vaccine and the availability of the vaccine to GPs and pharmacies. “Last July I expressed serious concern that the HSE was only ordering an additional 200,000 flu vaccines which …

Unacceptable that flu vaccine for 1 in 6 of population just disappears – Naughten

In Families, Health, News, Older People by Denis Naughten

The Minister for Health must come before Dáil Eireann to explain how 600,000 flu vaccine doses, enough to cover 1 in 6 of the adult population, seem to have evaporated and why this issue was not flagged at a meeting with party leaders last Friday evening, says Denis Naughten TD. “The disclosure of this information means that there is 40% …

Key Mother & Baby Home Report will be publish, but not yet says Minister

In Blog, Disability, Education, Families, Health by Denis Naughten

The Minister for Children has committed to publication of the 6th interim report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes, but not until the final report is published sometime over the coming weeks.   This was disclosed in a parliamentary reply that I received earlier this evening which I have included below.   It is disappointing that …

We need to change the way we manage Covid 19

In Agriculture, Blog, Business & Jobs, Disability, Education, Families, Health, Jobs, Older People, Posts by Topic, Tourism, Young People by Denis Naughten

The problem with lockdowns is that we don’t know what bits work and don’t work. Each and every one of these measures are having a direct impact on the mental health of every person in this country. We could potentially have further lockdowns for Valentine’s Day and our 4th lockdown over the June Bank Holiday Weekend.  The only way to …

€430,000 for local Clár projects to improve community facilities and school safety – Naughten

In Families, Health, Infrastructure, News, Older People by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD, Chairperson of the Join Oireachtas Committee Community & Rural Affairs, has confirmed the allocation of over €430,000 to projects across Roscommon and East Galway to address safety at schools and the upgrading of local community and sports facilities. The focus of this year’s grants has been on community well-being as well as school safety, with 11 local …

Mother & Baby clarity welcome but we still don’t know what records we are talking about

In Blog, Families, Health, Older People by Denis Naughten

The clarity that came from the Government last night in relation to mother and baby home records and personal data and its accessibility under GDPR is very welcome.   It is important to point out right up until last year the plan was to “completely seal [the records] for a period of at least 75 years following which access to them would be subject …

430 therapists Covid swabbing as waiting list pushes over 5-year mark – Naughten

In Education, Families, Health, News, Young People by Denis Naughten

The HSE has admitted 430 physiotherapists, speech therapists and occupational therapists are swabbing patients for Covid-19 while waiting lists for therapy for children are now over five years, says Denis Naughten. The HSE’s Ms. Niamh O’Beirne, responding to questioning by Deputy Naughten at today’s Health Committee meeting, admitted that 430 Health & Social Care Professionals – made up of the various specialist therapists so vital for children’s development …

Health Minister’s summit on Covid measures at Portiuncula – Naughten

In East Galway, Health, Local Issues, Mid-Roscommon, News, South Roscommon by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten has received confirmation from Minister of State at the Department of Health, Anne Rabbitte TD, that she is meeting with senior Health Minister Stephen Donnelly next week on the provision of two modular units at Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe to address the reduction in bed numbers as a result of Covid-19. “The Minister provided confirmation of the face-to-face meeting on …