Private school buses could spur next Covid-19 clusters as operators left without guidance – Naughten

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

Many private school bus operators are being left without any guidance on the Covid measures they need to put in place to provide a service in just two weeks’ time, according to Denis Naughten TD. “While private contractors operate approximately 90% of school transport services, a substantial number of students who avail of services outside the formal school transport system …

Meat plant problem was brought to the attention of authorities months ago

In Agriculture, Blog, Health, Jobs, News, Video by Denis Naughten

Just three months ago, I was criticised for highlighting Covid-19 problems within the meat industry. https://denisnaughten.ie/2020/05/13/fundamental-flaws-in-covid-protections-in-meat-industry-must-be-addressed-naughten/ Those in authority were more interested in tacking the man than addressing the fundamental problems that were occurring right across the meat processing sector. The risk posed within the sector arose due to the close quarters within which people work & live, the atmosphere for survival and transmission of the virus …

Just 200,000 additional adult flu vaccine ordered by HSE despite pandemic – Naughten

In Health, News by Denis Naughten

The Minister for Health has disclosed to the Dáil that the HSE plans to purchase just 200,000 additional adult flu vaccines for the forthcoming flu season, despite the pressure this could place on our health system over the winter months.   “Last winter the HSE purchased 1.15m Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine and this year it plans to increase its order to …

Taoiseach to examine proposal for additional leave for healthcare workers – Naughten

In Health, News by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten has welcomed a commitment by the Taoiseach to examine his proposal to offer additional paid leave to frontline healthcare workers.   Speaking during Leaders Question in the Dáil today (Wednesday), Denis Naughten pointed out that now is the time to recognise the commitment of doctors, nurses and healthcare assistants proposing “I believe the very minimum we should offer …

Meat plants given advance notice of Covid inspections say HSE

In Agriculture, Health, News by Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD has been informed by the HSE that the Health & Safety Authority gave meat plants 24 hours’ notice of planned inspections of the implementation of Covid-19 measures to curb infection.   “What will really annoy many small businesses is the fact that in terms of Covid-19 inspections, the Health & Safety Authority just landed in on them unannounced, in some instances with …

Decision on Portiuncula tender in coming days– Naughten

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

The long drawn out process to commence the enabling works for the new 50 bed ward block at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, are coming to an end with the selection of a contractor in the coming days, local TD Denis Naughten has confirmed. “The enabling works are required in advance of construction of the new 50 bed ward block, a commitment …

Health authorities now playing with words on meat plant tracing

In Agriculture, Blog, Health, News by Denis Naughten

Neither the HSE nor the Minister for Health are prepared to provide the actual numbers of people contact traced and tested as a result of being in proximity of meat plant employees who tested positive for Covid-19.   Even in today’s reply from the Health Minister he has not been prepared to provide that simple answer, and we must ask why? …

Bereavement Support line

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

Today the Irish Hospice Foundation has launched a Bereavement Support line. The freephone number is available from 10am to 1pm Monday to Friday. The number is 1800 80 70 77   Many people have experienced and will experience the death of someone they love during the COVID-19 pandemic. It may have been a COVID-related death or a death from other …

Meat plant debacle continues as Minister misleads Dáil – Naughten

In Health, Local Issues, News by Denis Naughten

HSE concealing contact tracing problem from Government   Denis Naughten TD has written to Minister Simon Harris seeking the contact tracing figures for each meat plant across the country, after the figures he presented to Dáil Éireann on Thursday evening were contradicted by the HSE the following morning. Commenting on the discrepancy between the two sets of figures Denis Naughten …