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In a 2012 report by the inspector of Mental Health Services, the Mayo General Hospital Acute Mental Health Unit was described as being “well managed” on the night of the inspection and it was noted that “observation was carried out as prescribed.”
However, a Castlebar councilor has said it was “no surprise” that drugs were reported to have been smuggled into the hospital unit, as services were being “cut to the bone.”
[Source: The Mayo News]
A warning over the H.S.E.’s refusal to replace ambulance crew members who are off sick was made last week following an incident on Sunday, April 28, in which a Garda (police officer) had to drive an ambulance from the scene of an accident near Dunsany.
Four ambulances were dispatched to a road accident in the Dunsany area on Sunday, but one ambulance had just one crew member as the other member of staff was unexpectedly sick.
A Garda had to drive that ambulance to hospital from the scene of the accident.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]
Patients who turn up at hospital minor injury units are now facing a charge of $130 for the first time.
Minor injury units, which open for a limited number of hours, have replaced round-the-clock A&E departments in several hospitals.
These units treat sprains and strains, broken bones, wound infections, minor burns and scalds, minor head injuries, insect and animal bites, minor eye injuries and injuries to the back, shoulder and chest.
They have so far been free but hospitals will now be able to charge $130 following a recent move by Health Minister James Reilly.
Monaghan Hospital is the latest to announce the charge for its minor injury unit and it came into effect last Wednesday.
[Source: Irish Independent]
Gardaí (police) in Tullamore are investigating an incident in Edenderry where shots were fired at former Offaly County Council Chairman Ger Killally as he and three other people were leaving his house in a car at the townland of Shaen.
The incident occurred at 10:40 a.m. last Thursday. Nobody was injured during the incident; however, the former Fianna Fail councilor and his three passengers sustained minor injuries after the car collided with a ditch and overturned. A number of shots were fired at the silver Volkswagen Passat. It is believed that Killally had a five figure sum of cash in the boot of his car.
[Source: Offaly Express]
A 56-year-old parish priest in Roscommon is to be the new bishop of Kerry.
Raymond A. Browne, a graduate of St. Patrick’s College Maynooth and the Gregorian University in Rome, where he studied canon law, has been appointed by Pope Francis to succeed the serving Bishop of Kerry Dr. Bill Murphy, who has served almost two years beyond his retirement.
The announcement was made after 10 a.m. mass in Killarney’s St. Mary’s Cathedral.
[Source: Irish Times]
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