Outrage as €3M spent on Agency Staff at LUH in first five months of year

first_imgDeputy Pearse Doherty has slammed recent HSE figures which reveal that close to €3 million was spent on agency staff at Letterkenny University Hospital during the first five months of this year.The figures were provided to Sinn Féin following a request from the party’s Health Spokesperson Deputy Louise O’Reilly.They reveal that the large sum was spent to fill a number of positions at the hospital including medical and paramedical roles, nursing staff as well as support workers. It also represented the highest amount spent by any single hospital across the entire SAOLTA University Healthcare Group of hospitals.Reacting to the revelation, Deputy Doherty said “Yet again Letterkenny University Hospital tops the ranking when it comes to spending on recruiting agency staff.“The figures show that between January and May of this year alone over €2.9M was spent by the hospital on recruiting temporary agency workers to fill vital hospital positions.“And agency workers were used by the hospital to fill a whole range of different roles with close to €2M spent on doctors and consultants, €283,000 went towards hiring nurses, €13,000 was spent on paramedics, with the remainder or just over €650,000 having gone towards hiring support service personnel. “In fact, one of the few categories of worker for which agency staff hadn’t been utilised in order to fill vacancies were Management roles within the hospital.“The reason why this data is so noteworthy is because it shows just how rampant hospital spending on temporary agency staff has become and it illustrates a clear preference on the part of both the HSE and Government to hire costly temporary workers to fill staffing gaps instead of directly employing staff.“The reliance on agency staff at the hospital has gotten out of hand, and the fact that this spend relates to just the first five months of the year and that already LUH tops the table with respect to the sums spent on temporary workers across the entire SAOLTA group is real cause for concern.“Since Fine Gael came to government in 2011 the health service as a whole has spent over €2.1 billion on temporary agency staff – this is financially crippling the system with agency staff for more senior positions costing multiple times more than those directly employed by the HSE.“Sinn Féin has repeatedly raised this matter with the Minister for Health and we’ve told him that huge sums of money could be saved each year by properly addressing the recruitment and retention crisis and instead directly employ HSE staff which are significantly less expensive than agency providers. “This practice is not good value for money in the first instance, and it is not good for patients or other full-time staff yet the government continues to oversee a recruitment embargo and there is no doubt that this policy is only further adding to the ongoing recruitment and retention crisis across our hospitals.”Outrage as €3M spent on Agency Staff at LUH in first five months of year was last modified: August 2nd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:agency staffdonegalletterkennyluh€3 millionlast_img read more

Would Kevin Durant leave Warriors? Ex-GM has a warning

first_img“You talk about all the different reasons somebody would look to go to another franchise,” said Griffin, now an NBA TV analyst. “Fit … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceAs the man who helped lure LeBron James back to Cleveland, David Griffin knows a thing or two about what megastars are looking for in free agency.That’s why the former Cavaliers general manager believes Kevin Durant might regret it if he leaves the Warriors after this season.last_img read more

Decent turnout, says official

first_imgAs the Kashmir Valley saw a little over 8% polling in the first phase of the urban local body elections on Monday, K. Vijay Kumar, Adviser to J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik, said there was a “deterrence injected by various quarters.”Mr. Kumar told The Hindu that the turnout was “decent.” “We made adequate security arrangements for people wanting to vote. Considering the deterrence injected by various quarters and the local situations, it was a decent turnout,” he said.Many seats uncontestedA senior Home Ministry official said there were many seats that went uncontested and the administration would go back to the rulebook to see the available options.“There was a vacuum; there were many wards where there was no contest. We will see what rules exist to tide over this crisis, whether a re-polling is required,” he said.The State is currently under Governor’s rule after the BJP walked out of the alliance in June.last_img read more

Donovan Mitchell scores 24, Jazz outlast Timberwolves

first_imgLacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrantscenter_img Nuggets overcome Nikola Jokic suspension to beat Suns Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “Fourth quarter, I’m trying to take over the game and dominate,” Towns said. “I’m trying to give us a chance to win. I was just being a little aggressive all around and trying to make plays everywhere.”Anthony Tolliver hit his second 3 of the final four minutes to get the Timberwolves within one at 103-102, but Luol Deng missed an open 3-pointer in the corner for a chance to give Minnesota its first lead since the first quarter.Joe Ingles, who had 12 points, snatched the rebound and hit two free throws. On the next possession, Gobert got a piece of Tolliver’s 3-point attempt. Mitchell rebounded and hit one free throw to clinch the win.“I had to make a play and block that shot,” said Gobert, who had four blocks. “We had to lock in.”Mitchell, who has scored at least 24 points in 11 consecutive games, was forced to play the point for six games while all three Jazz point guards were injured. Even though Rubio has returned, Mitchell has continued his playmaking ways and marked the first double-double of his career.ADVERTISEMENT Gibson doesn’t have a problem with official James Williams, even though it looked as though he wanted to fight him when he got ejected.“I know James,” Gibson said. “He’s a like big brother. … You get used to seeing him all the time, so you’ve got a relationship. Sometimes, tempers flare and kind of lose it a little. But at the end of the day, you know he means well. It’s part of the job. It was just one of those times I lost it.”Gibson, who scored his 7,000th career point before his meltdown, continued: “Like I said, I’m human. But I got a lot of respect for James. Like I said, he’s been reffing my games 10-plus years in the NBA. It’s up to me just to go talk to him and apologize.”TIP-INSTimberwolves: Minnesota fumbled its way to 12 turnovers in the first half. … Towns was limited to six first-half minutes because of foul trouble. … The Timberwolves outscored the Jazz in the paint 48-38.Jazz: Ingles got a technical in the fourth quarter. … A bat flew around the arena, interrupting some of the players’ pregame shooting routines. The Jazz Bear mascot finally caught the bat.“That was scary,” Mitchell said. “I was not cool with that at all. I’m glad the Bear got him because I would not have finished my warmup. I would have gone to locker room if he was still flying around out there.” … Brandon Flowers of the rock band The Killers sat courtside.UP NEXTTimberwolves: Host Utah on Sunday.Jazz: Visit Minnesota on Sunday. Mitchell scored 24 points but the Utah Jazz frittered away a 23-point lead and barely outlasted the short-handed Minnesota Timberwolves 106-102 on Friday night.“I don’t think we were happy with the game ended and we weren’t happy with the way we played in the fourth,” Mitchell said. “We got complacent in ways.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsRudy Gobert, who was a game-time decision with a sore hamstring, had 18 points and 16 rebounds, and Kyle Korver scored 16 for the Jazz, who have won eight of their last nine.Karl-Anthony Towns had 33 points and 10 rebounds and Andrew Wiggins scored 21 points on 8-of-26 shooting and had a season-high 11 rebounds for Minnesota, which saw its three-game winning streak snapped on the second game of a back-to-back. LATEST STORIES “I’m just making good reads and having confidence in my passes,” Mitchell said. “When we had three point guards out, you got to be able to make those plays, that’s where it started. I had no choice.”In the second quarter, Mitchell – the son of former minor league pitcher Donovan Sr., the New York Mets’ director of player relations – threw the surprising cross-court fastball with one hand to Niang for a 3.“At this time last year, he wasn’t even throwing those passes to the corner and now he’s throwing left hand, right hand, one, two, whatever he needs to do to get it there,” Ingles said.In the third quarter, the Timberwolves took another hit when Taj Gibson went after the officials and got two technicals and had to be restrained by his teammates after a foul call as Ingles went to the basket.The Jazz then shot five free throws, three by Mitchell (as Towns also got a technical) and two by Ingles. With 4:46 left in the third, Mitchell hit two more foul shots to cap the 13-0 run and the Jazz led 75-54.The Jazz led by as many as 23 in the third period, but the Timberwolves scored the first 13 points of the fourth quarter. When Towns followed his own missed jumper with a layup, the Timberwolves had closed within eight at 90-82.Utah barely survived while shooting 5 of 28 in the fourth quarter and was saved by some hustle plays and defensive stops. The Jazz made only two field goals in the final five minutes.“We lost focus,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said. “Just a lot of mental mistakes.”The Timberwolves were missing Derrick Rose (sore ankle), Tyus Jones (ankle sprain) and Jeff Teague (sore foot), which caused some trouble in executing the offense and players getting the ball in unfamiliar positions.GIBSON: ‘I JUST LOST IT’ Fans reach for Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) following the team’s NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — Donovan Mitchell was finding his teammates in all sorts of ways. One of his career-high 11 assists looked as if it belonged on the diamond instead of the court.“I got back to my old ways,” said Mitchell, who pitched and played shortstop in high school. “It was just making a play, making a read and Georges (Niang) was wide open and a two-hand pass just wouldn’t have worked.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Messi Goes Off At Halftime In 1st Start Since Injury Layoff

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain — Lionel Messi has been substituted at halftime of his first start for Barcelona since a long injury layoff, after apparently picking up a new knock.Messi hurt his left leg less than half an hour into the Spanish league match against Villarreal at Camp Nou Stadium on Tuesday. The playmaker left the field and doctors attended to his leg for few minutes before he eventually returned and finished the half.Messi didn’t return for the second half, though, being replaced by Ousmane Dembele.Messi had set up Antoine Griezmann’s opening goal early in the match.Messi played his first minutes of the season when he came off the bench in the second half of a 0-0 draw against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last week. He also came off the bench in the second half of the 2-0 loss at Granada in the Spanish league on Sunday.Messi had been sidelined because of a right calf injury picked up in the preseason.Dembele has also been injured, and made his first appearance since the league opener.Barcelona was leading 2-1 at halftime.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Ministry Sensitizing Law Enforcers About Child Labour

first_imgThe Ministry of Labour and Social Security, in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO), has embarked on several initiatives, aimed at sensitizing law enforcers about the ongoing issue of child labour in Jamaica.Project Officer of ILO TACKLE in Jamaica, Nasolo Thompson,said many persons, including law enforcers, are not fully aware of the issue of child labour in Jamaica, and how it should be dealt with legally, hence the rationale behind the move.Mrs. Thompson was addressing a meeting involving stakeholders of the TACKLE Project, held recently at the Ministry’s North Street Office, in Kingston.“We are currently offering support to the Ministry to develop a national child labour policy. We have also conducted research among the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to determine what are their attitude and practices towards child labour. Based on the results from the research, we have developed a training manual to address some of the gaps indentified, which will be incorporated into the JCF’s training programme,” she said.Mrs. Thompson cited a research manual that was developed, in collaboration with the office of the Chief Justice, which outlines what child labour is, the national laws that apply, and case examples from other countries, demonstrating how it can be dealt with lawfully.“What we have come to realize is that judges and lawyers have their ethics that they are guided.by. So we are working to have a comprehensive child labour document that they can refer to, in the event of a case,” she explained.The TACKLE Project Officer said, in reality, the first responders of child labour must be identified, in order for a case to be brought before the court, from encounter through to resolution.“We are anticipating that the JCF, judges, lawyers, prosecutors, parole officers, court clerks, guidance counsellors, social workers, and teachers will have a greater understanding of the issue, because these people really make up the core of first responders in any given scenario,” Mrs. Thompson said.“We want people to be sensitized about child labour, so if a child is seen in a particular setting that looks like he or she is being exploited, then it should raise some red flags, and persons will be prompted to report such a case,” she emphasised.The TACKLE project, which is an initiative of the ILO, in collaboration with the Child Labour Unit (CLU) of the Ministry, seeks to address child labour through education, and is ongoing.To report cases of child labour, persons can contact the Child Labour Unit at 948-0098, or the Ministry at 922-9500-14.Contact: Jeneva Gordonlast_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday August 5 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Monday, August 5, 2019:#1) Revere Beach Memories At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a talk on the history of Revere Beach at 2:30pm. Don’t miss this trip down memory lane. Revere Beach, established as America’s first public beach in 1896, was a place that created lasting memories for thousands of beach goers. The Revere Beach of old comes alive through photos and stories presented by Bob Upton, a Revere Beach enthusiast and historian. Join us for a night of history and nostalgia. Bring your own photos and stories to share as well. Register HERE.#2) The Ooch: Yo-Yos, Music & Dance At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hostingThe Ooch at 6:30pm. Yo-Yos, Music & Dance is a 60-minute show that combines three of Ooch’s favorite activities – yo-yo tricks, cool music and sweet dance moves. The show is half yo-yo tricks and half dance party. During the first part of the show, Ooch performs some of his favorite yo-yo tricks as well as takes requests from the audience. The second part of the show is “dance”. In Ooch’s world “dance” can mean MANY things like follow-along dance (where the audience copies Ooch’s movements to the music OR VICE VERSA), popular line dances such as the Cupid Shuffle, Cotton Eyed Joe, Cha Cha Slide & others, body percussion, Freeze Dance and even Hula Hoops to music . . . all to popular songs requested by the audience. Ages 4+. Register HERE.#3) Little Movers At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a Little Movers session at 10am. Let’s move! Join us for a morning of singing, dancing, and moving around! Ages 1-2. Register HERE.#4) Learn To Sail Program BeginsAll hands on deck! The Wilmington Recreation Department’s ‘Learn to Sail’ program is returning this summer on the Charles River. Children age 10 – 18 are eligible to register for this class which offers classroom instruction and on-the-water education. New students are required to pass a swim test. The program will take place Monday, August 5, 2019 through Friday, August 9, 2019, from 10:30am to 4pm. The cost of the program is $150. To register, visit www.wilmingtonma.gov/recreation, call 978-658-4270, or stop by the Reference Department in Room 8 of Town Hall. The required registration form can be found HERE.#5) Public Health Museum’s Camp BeginsIs your high schooler interested in a career in medicine, infectious disease, or nursing? The Public Health Museum is inviting students to apply to OUTBREAK! 2019.  This week-long summer program is for Massachusetts high school students entering their junior and senior year as of Fall 2019. For the seventh year in a row, the program will be offered for FREE.The program is scheduled for August 5, 2019 to August 9, 2019 at the Public Health Museum in Tewksbury, Massachusetts.OUTBREAK! 2019 is an interactive, challenging program designed to introduce high school students to the history and importance of public health. Students will learn about epidemiology, investigate a simulated disease outbreak, learn about the wide range of public health careers, and more. Field trips include the State Public Health Laboratory in Jamaica Plain and additional other public health facilities.The Public Health Museum is a non-profit educational and cultural museum that strives to preserve records and artifacts from our nation’s public health history, educate the public about the achievements and contributions of public health, and inspire people to build upon the past and continue to advance the future of public health.Applications are available on line from the Museum’s website or by contacting the museum at 978-851-7321 ext. 2606 or phmuseum@gmail.com.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIBRARY LINEUP: Storytime at Farmers Market on Aug. 4; Revere Beach Memories on Aug. 5In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 8, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, July 29, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more