Quinlivan backs INMO call for enquiry into UHL overcrowding

first_imgEmail Twitter Advertisement Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGSIrish Nurses and Midwives OrganisationKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post WhatsApp WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live LimerickNewsPoliticsQuinlivan backs INMO call for enquiry into UHL overcrowdingBy Sarah Carr – May 1, 2021 234 center_img Previous articleMunster’s CJ Stander made Honorary Limerick ManNext articleThrowback: Contrasting League final results for the Hurlers in 2011 & ’06 Sarah Carrhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick Sinn Féin TD Maurice QuinlivanSPEAKING in the Dáil, Sinn Féin Limerick TD, Maurice Quinlivan, backed a call made by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) for an enquiry into the ongoing overcrowding issues at University Hospital Limerick.The Sinn Féin TD commented:Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “There is a real concern in Limerick about the continuous overcrowding at University Hospital Limerick. It is an issue that I have raised countless times in this chamber and in communications with the Minister, yet nothing seems to be done. Staff are at their wits end and the INMO have raised their concerns While there has been significant recruitment and 100 additional acute beds added the hospital still faces runaway overcrowding.”“The staff at our hospital have done an incredible job throughout the pandemic, they work in difficult and overcrowded conditions. We gave them applause, but what has not been delivered is appropriate capacity to cope with the large numbers presenting at our A&E Department. “Figures compiled by the INMO show that there have been in excess of 40 patients being treated on trolleys each day this week, with 953 patients having been treated on trolleys throughout April.Deputy Quinlivan added:“A 96-bed unit was committed to but only half of these will be new beds. The delivery of all 96 beds needs to be expedited. Day after day, the figures show that UHL remains the most overcrowded hospital in the state. The INMO wants to know what is going wrong and so do I. But more importantly, I would like to know what steps the government are taking to manage this issue?Deputy Quinlivan concluded: “I back the call for HIQA to visit, investigate and make recommendations at UHL.  I hope this will happen and I urged the Tánaiste in the Dail to support that call and commit to acting on any recommendations that HIQA make?” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Print Facebooklast_img read more

UK stem cell stroke trial passes first safety test

first_imgStem cells may be able to repair the damaged areas of the brainThe world’s first clinical trial of brain stem cells to treat strokes is set to move to its next phase. An independent assessment of the first three patients to have had stem cells injected into their brain at Glasgow’s Southern General Hospital has concluded it has had no adverse effect.The assessment paves the way for the therapy to be tested on more patients to find a new treatment for stroke. The hope is that the stem cells will help to repair damaged brain tissue.The trial is being led by Prof Keith Muir of Glasgow University. He told BBC News that he was pleased with the results so far.“We need to be assured of safety before we can progress to trying to test the effects of this therapy. Because this is the first time this type of cell therapy has been used in humans, it’s vitally important that we determine that it’s safe to proceed – so at the present time we have the clearance to proceed to the next higher dose of cells.”An elderly man was the first person in the world to receive this treatment last year. Since then it has been tried out on two more patients.Global trialsThe patients have received very low doses of stem cells in trials designed to test the safety of the procedure.Over the next year, up to nine more patients will be given progressively higher doses – again primarily to assess safety – but doctors will also be using this clinical trial to assess the best ways of measuring the effectiveness of the treatment in subsequent larger trials, which would not begin for at least 18 months.Critics object as brain cells from a foetus were originally used to create the cell treatment. Michael Hunt, Chief Executive Officer of the company that produced the stem cells, Renuron, said that the technology used to grow the cells is such that no further foetal tissue will be required. There are a growing number of well-regulated clinical trials of stem cell treatments now under way in various parts of the world, including one which also began last year by the US firm Geron to develop a treatment for paralysis. The development of stem cell treatments is still at an early stage and it is likely to be many years before these treatments become widely available. According to Mr Hunt: “The earliest a treatment could be widely available if everything goes very well is five years. It is very much a case of so far, so good. It is still at a very early stage but we draw great comfort from these results.”Strokes kill about 67,000 people in the UK every year, according to the Stroke Association.The charity says it is the third most common cause of death in England and Wales after heart disease and cancer.By Pallab GhoshScience correspondent, BBC News Share Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img 11 Views   no discussions Tweet HealthLifestyle UK stem cell stroke trial passes first safety test by: – September 1, 2011last_img read more

Blues quartet return

first_imgJohn Terry, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas are expected to return for Chelsea’s Barclays Premier League clash with Newcastle on Saturday. Press Association Assistant-manager Steve Holland spoke to the media after boss Jose Mourinho pulled out in response to be being charged with misconduct by the Football Association. Mourinho faces possible disciplinary action for the comments made about match officials after last month’s 1-1 draw with Southampton, in which he spoke of a “clear campaign” against Chelsea. The Portuguese claimed the campaign is being orchestrated by “people, pundits, commentators and coaches from other teams” and labelled the booking of Cesc Fabregas for diving at St Mary’s on December 28 a “scandal”. Holland insists Mourinho has not been affected by the possibility of facing disciplinary action and insists he has the full support of the club. “Jose has been fine, very focused on the game against Newcastle, as we all are,” Holland said. “There is a frustration with all of us, it’s not just Jose but the coaching staff and players, at the accumulation of events that surfaced at the Southampton game with the decisions over Cesc. And to compound that he received a booking. “The scrutiny managers are under these days… I spoke to another manager the other day about a different matter and he said he couldn’t remember there being such an intensive period of games as this season. “That’s a view I’d share. The amount of games has been relentless and there has been a small period of time between the games. “At Chelsea every match is high profile with many live on TV. It’s human nature that at times the leader has those moments. Jose’s had the right influence on the players and is a highly-experienced manager.” Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul is set to return. The Dutchman has been out injured since November but came through a behind-closed-doors friendly against Celtic on Thursday and is set to replace Jak Alnwick in caretaker-boss John Carver’s line-up. Carver’s caretaker reign did not get off to the best of starts when he dropped big names including Moussa Sissoko, Daryl Janmaat and Fabricio Coloccini for last week’s FA Cup defeat at Leicester. The weakened line-up provoked a furious response from Magpies fans but Carver insisted he had no choice but to make seven changes to his squad due to a series of niggling injuries. Carver is adamant he still has time to make his case and that wrapping up a famous league double over Mourinho’s men could sway United managing director Lee Charnley. Carver added: “That’s the unfortunate thing about being caretaker-manager – you are on interview all the time. “It’s a bit unfortunate because normally a new manager is given time to put his ways across. “I know the pitfalls and what comes with it. It hasn’t been a great few days. But I love it. I still want to do it and I have the drive and enthusiasm to do it.” The trio were rested from the squad that defeated Watford in the FA Cup on Sunday but will face the Magpies at Stamford Bridge. Thibaut Courtois is also likely to return in goal after Petr Cech was given an outing against Watford. last_img read more