Estimated 114,500 people – and rising – have ‘long Covid’ in Ireland – Naughten

In Health, News by Denis Naughten

Welfare bill alone could top €1bn   Denis Naughten TD has told the Dáil that an estimated 114,500 people, and rising, have ‘long Covid’ in Ireland and that it is rapidly becoming a hidden iceberg of long-term chronic illness for our struggling health service. “This number of people with long Covid could be a sleeping crisis for our health service …

€880,000 investment in Roscommon outdoor activities – Naughten

In East Galway, East-Roscommon, Families, Health, Infrastructure, Jobs, Local Issues, News, North-Roscommon, Tourism, West-Roscommon by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD, Cathaoirleach of the Dáil Rural Affairs Committee has welcomed the allocation of €880,000 for three outdoor recreation projects in Ballyleague, Ballintubber/Ballymoe and Arigna. “The Ballyleague project is to receive €200,000 to help bring together a range of recent investments in the area in order to develop a high-quality visitor destination amenity on the River Shannon. This funding …

Covid vaccine access globally

In Blog, Health by Denis Naughten

Today, I had a constructive meeting with my Inter-Parliamentary Union colleagues on the Working Group on Science & Technology in Madrid.   Among the issues we discussed was the need for equitable access to Covid vaccines on a global scale, which is in all our interest.   We will only stop the threat of new variants when everyone is vaccinated, …

Portiuncula overcrowding compounded by failure to deliver beds – Naughten

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

Last week 93 patients spent the night on a trolley in Portiuncula University Hospital, Ballinasloe, “which is at least in part due to the failure to provide 12 new isolation beds that were to be opened last April” says local TD Denis Naughten. “Even though it is one of the smaller acute hospitals, in the last week Portiuncula has become …

Naughten welcomes recruitment of additional neurology nurses

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

The recruitment of additional neurology nurses for Galway University Hospitals has been raised by local TD Denis Naughten in Dáil Éireann .   The issue has come to the fore as part of a national campaign organised by the Neurological Alliance of Ireland aimed at increasing the number of neurology nurses at hospitals around the country, and particularly in the …

Carers cannot be forgotten in Budget – Naughten

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

Cathaoirleach of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Social Protection Denis Naughten TD has said it is “imperative that family carers are not forgotten when it comes to reforms required to our Social Welfare system as part of Budget 2022”. “This Budget must not be about giving a little bit to everybody, but it must be about structural reforms to our …

Naughten urges progress on Portiuncula Hospital projects

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

The urgent need to progress a number of projects at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe – including a replacement scanner and new modular emergency department and outpatient waiting room – has been raised with the HSE by local TD Denis Naughten. Denis Naughten had previously raised the need for a new CT scanner at the hospital when it emerged 12 months ago …

CMO advice must be scrutinised

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

  Today, I highlighted a discrepancy in the way that Covid 19 infection information is managed in schools which potentially exposes people who are immunocompromised. While the Chief Medical Officer’s advice earlier this week stated that a Public Health Risk Assessment will still be carried out to protect vulnerable children in special schools, no such assessment will be carried out …

Tender for new Portiuncula 50 bed ward to be advertised next week – Naughten

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

The tender for the new 50 bed ward block at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, will be advertised next week, local TD Denis Naughten has confirmed. The project was due to go to tender earlier this year but is now expected to be advertised on the e-Tenders website on 30th September. Deputy Naughten was informed that the delay had been “primarily due …