Defence forces should return to contract tracing & allow therapists to return to pre-Covid roles – Naughten

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

Defence forces staff should be transferred to contact tracing duties immediately to allow speech therapists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists to return to providing essential frontline services for children across the Country, Denis Naughten TD told the Dáil this week. He pointed out that three-quarters of speech and language therapists in counties Roscommon and Galway are currently involved in contact tracing, …

Portiuncula CAT Scan broken for 144 hours but won’t be replaced until 2022 – Naughten

In East Galway, Health, News, South Roscommon, West-Roscommon by Denis Naughten

The Saolta Hospital Group has admitted that the CT Scanner (CAT Scan) at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, has been out of action for 144 hours this month (September) and despite this being the 10th time it has broken down over the last 18 months it won’t be replaced until 2022, Denis Naughten TD has confirmed. “The admission that this scanner will …

Budget proposals to get people out of our cities – Naughten

In Agriculture, Business & Jobs, Disability, Education, Energy, Environment, Families, Health, Infrastructure, Jobs, News, Older People by Denis Naughten

Budget 2021 should be about getting families, workers and students out of our cities, where housing and services are in huge demand, and instead supporting people to bring life back into remote rural communities, says Denis Naughten TD.   As part of the Budget process the Regional Independent TDs have put forward a set of proposals including:  The introduction of …

New suckler cow scheme must pay €200 – Naughten

In Agriculture, Business & Jobs, Disability, Education, Energy, Environment, Families, Health, Infrastructure, Jobs, News, Older People, Posts by Topic, Young People by Denis Naughten

Sheep welfare payment should be doubled Budget 2021 must deliver for suckler farmers by introducing a new Suckler Cow Environmental Scheme paying €200 for the first 20 cows as well as doubling the payment to farmers under the Sheep Welfare Scheme, according to Denis Naughten TD.   “The agriculture proposals which as Regional Independent TDs we have put forward in …

Nurses & front line staff are mentally & physically exhausted

In Blog, Health by Denis Naughten

On the RTE News at One today, Phil Ni Sheaghdha of the INMO said that staff are “mentally & physically exhausted” due to a lack of adequate time off from dealing with Covid 19 during the summer when there is less pressure on our health service. This comment was made 11 weeks after I specifically asked An Taoiseach to provide …

HSE admits further delays in delivery of flu vaccine – Naughten

In Health, News by Denis Naughten

Reports this morning that the HSE will only have two thirds of last year’s flu vaccine order by mid-October raise serious concerns about the availability of the vital flu vaccine for vulnerable groups this winter, Denis Naughten TD has warned. “While we all expected increased demand for the vaccine on a global scale, it is only now the HSE has …

Ground works for Portiuncula 50 bed ward block to take until next May – Naughten

In East Galway, Health, News, South Roscommon by Denis Naughten

HSE expect construction to start mid 2021   Local TD Denis Naughten has been informed by the Minister for Health that the ground works at Portiuncula Hospital, in advance of construction of the new 50 bed ward block, will take nine months to complete with an expected finish date of 25th May 2021. “The enabling works are required in advance …

We must hunt Covid out of meat plants not chase it – Naughten

In Health, News by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten has expressed dismay at the HSE’s decision to suspend the Covid screening of meat plant employees stating that “we must hunt Covid out of meat plants not chase it from county to county”. “After completing just about 10% of the serial screening programme within the meat and food processing sector, the HSE has suspended the programme,” stated Denis …

Minister commits to out of hours flu vaccine clinics – Naughten

In Health, News by Denis Naughten

The Minister for Health has confirmed he will ensure out of hours flu vaccination clinics are provided in the coming weeks to facilitate access for school children and working families. The Minister was responding to a request by Denis Naughten TD, who had pointed out “not only must the vaccine be made available to as many people as possible, but …

HSE must provide out of hours flu vaccine clinics – Naughten

In Health, News by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD has called on the Minister for Health and the HSE to ensure evening and weekend flu vaccination clinics are provided to facilitate access for school children and working families. “Not only must the vaccine be made available to as many people as possible, but it is also imperative that schoolchildren and families can obtain a flu vaccination …