HOSPITAL ACCUSED OF ‘OUTRAGEOUS SPIN’ OVER AXED DIABETES NURSE

first_imgDanny v Dinny: Double Olympian Danny McDaid tackles minister Dinny McGinley over cuts to children’s diabetes servicesPARENTS of 141 children in County Donegal who are being treated for Type 1 Diabetes have accused the hospital of ‘outrageous spin’ after a nurse who looks after them was axed.The full-time specialist nurse position has been done away with by Letterkenny General Hospital.Instead she will join a team which will look after the children AND 5,200 adult diabetes patients. Outraged relatives – including double Olympian Danny McDaid – today picketed the hospital as Health Minister Dr James Reilly re-opened the emergency department which was flooded last July.But his trip was overshadowed by the sight of young children with potentially-fatal type 1 diabetes holding placards at the entrance.As Dr Reilly left the hospital to have a walkabout at the Cheshire apartments, crowds of relatives demanded that the specialist trained nursing position be reinstated.They surrounded the Minister’s PR advisor and Junior Minister Dinny McGinley demanding that children-only services return. Mum Denise Gillespie, who met the Minister to discuss the issue, was furious at how their campaign had been reported elsewhere this afternoon.“The amount of spin is unbelievable and unfortunately some people have swallowed it,” said Denise, whose 14-year-old daughter Emer has diabetes.“The facts remain the same. We had a dedicated paediatric-trained expert nurse working with all the children here in County Donegal,” she said.“That position has gone. The nurse is still there but she is integrated into the adult service along with other nurses who do not have any qualifications to deal with paediatric diabetes.”She said the Minister had said he would look at using national resources in the five centres in Dublin, Cork and Limerick to help patients in Donegal. This could include a phone service for parents, said Dr Reilly.“The nurse on the other end of the phone needs to know the unique circumstances of every patient,” said Mrs Gillespie.Experts say a dedicated children-only diabetes nurse should be provided for every 100 children with the illness. The hospital proposals breach those guidelines.Anne McLaughlin, from Buncrana has a 10-year-old son Michael who has Type 1 diabetes. “We are losing out here,” she said.“They are merging paediatric services with adult services and that is highly dangerous.“We have to take my son to Dublin as he is fitted with an insulin pump. That means a 5am start once a month; getting back at 8pm.“These services should be here – all five centres of excellence are in the south of the country, 3 in Dublin, one in Cork and one in Limerick. It’ just wrong.”She said 50 patients with fitted insulin pumps made the journey to Dublin – at a combined cost of €10,000 a month out of their own pockets.Many parents asked why nursing experts couldn’t come to Letterkenny for three or four days every month instead.In a statement the hospital said: “The National Clinical Programme for Diabetes has created a new post for an Integrated Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist and as a result, the nursing resource in Letterkenny General Hospital will be restructured, delivering benefits to both children and adults with Diabetes.“There are currently two Clinical Nurse Specialist posts and one Staff Nurse post in the Diabetic service at Letterkenny General Hospital. These resources will remain unchanged. A new post of Integrated Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist will link diabetic hospital care to diabetic community services.“The outcome of these changes will be that nursing support for children with diabetes within the hospital will remain at current levels. Overall services will be enhanced through the support of the Integrated Services Clinical Nurse Specialist, who will work across both the hospital and the community.“One of the two hospital Clinical Nurse Specialist posts will have a focus on children with diabetes and the other will have a focus on adults with diabetes. A staff nurse with experience in diabetes is being recruited to support both these roles. The existing midwifery allocation to support pregnant women with diabetes will also continue unchanged.“The hospital is in the process of recruiting permanent Consultants to two vacant posts within the Paediatric service. One of these posts is being advertised as a Consultant Paediatrician with a Special Interest in Diabetes. In the interim, Consultant cover for children with diabetes is currently being provided by a locum Consultant Paediatrician.”Hospital manager Sean Murphy admitted that one of the roles would focus two thirds of the time on child patients – while another nurse would spend around half her time on paediatric care.The consultant won’t be hired for at least six months.HOSPITAL ACCUSED OF ‘OUTRAGEOUS SPIN’ OVER AXED DIABETES NURSE was last modified: March 3rd, 2014 by John2Share 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:diabetesletterkennyNURSElast_img read more

San Francisco Giants start brutal stretch of schedule with another fill-in coach

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Antoan Richardson’s major league career wasn’t exactly storybook, but the former outfielder is a footnote in one of the greatest chapters Derek Jeter authored.In Jeter’s final at-bat at Yankee Stadium, the future Hall of Famer hit a walk-off single to help the Yankees beat the Orioles in memorable fashion. Richardson was the baserunner who scored on the hit.Richardson appeared in just 22 major league games and his professional career ended in 2016 after he was released from …last_img

Boeing rolls out latest 787 model

first_imgThe Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, the third member of the 787 Dreamliner family, has made its debut at Boeing South Carolina.Thousands of employees at the North Charleston, S.C. site celebrated the event, along with U.S. President Donald Trump and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster.“What’s happening here at Boeing South Carolina is a true American success story,” said Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing chairman, president and CEO.“In just a few short years, our team has transformed a greenfield site into a modern aerospace production facility that is delivering 787s to airlines all over the world and supporting thousands of U.S. jobs in the process.”The 787-10, will now be prepared for its first flight in the coming weeks.“This airplane, the most efficient in its class, is the result of years of hard work and dedication from our Boeing teammates, suppliers and community partners in South Carolina and across the globe,” said Kevin McAllister, Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO.“We know our customers, including launch customer Singapore Airlines, are going to love what the 787-10 will do for their fleets, and we can’t wait to see them fly it.”Boeing will deliver the 787-10 to airlines in 2018. The 787 has secure 149 orders from nine customers across the globe.The 787-10, the longest model of the Dreamliner family, will grow the nonstop routes opened by the 787-8 and 787-9 with unprecedented efficiency.As an 18-foot (5.5-m) stretch of the 787-9, the 787-10 will deliver the 787 family’s passenger experience and long range with up to 10 percent better fuel use and emissions than the competition Boeing claims.Since entering service in 2011, the 787 family has flown more than 140 million people on 530 routes around the world, saving an estimated 13 billion pounds of fuel.last_img read more

Japan raises tariffs on frozen beef

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Japan said that rising imports of frozen beef in the first quarter of the Japanese fiscal year (April-June) have triggered a safeguard, resulting in an automatic increase to Japan’s tariff rate under the WTO on imports of frozen beef from the United States.The increase, from 38.5% to 50%, will begin Aug. 1, 2017 and last through March 31, 2018. The tariff would affect only exporters from countries, including the United States, which do not have free trade agreements with Japan currently in force.“I am concerned that an increase in Japan’s tariff on frozen beef imports will impede U.S. beef sales and is likely to increase the United States’ overall trade deficit with Japan,” said Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. “I have asked representatives of the Japanese government directly and clearly to make every effort to address these strong concerns, and the harm that could result to both American producers and Japanese consumers.”Japan was the top export market for U.S. beef, valued at $1.5 billion in 2016. According to data compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation, 2017 first quarter U.S. beef sales to Japan increased 42% over 2016. In addition to the United States, the 50% safeguard tariff also applies to imports from Canada and New Zealand.“We’re very disappointed to learn that the tariff on frozen beef imports to Japan will increase from 38.5% to 50% until April 2018. Japan is the top export market for U.S. beef in both volume and value, and anything that restricts our sales to Japan will have a negative impact on America’s ranching families and our Japanese consumers,” said Craig Uden, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) president. “NCBA opposes artificial barriers like these because they unfairly distort the market and punish both producers and consumers. Nobody wins in this situation. Our producers lose access, and beef becomes a lot more expensive for Japanese consumers. We hope the Trump Administration and Congress realize that this unfortunate development underscores the urgent need for a bilateral trade agreement with Japan absent the Trans-Pacific Partnership.”last_img read more

Communal clashes rock U.P. ahead of VHP meet

first_imgThe festival of Milad-un-Nabi on Wednesday was marked by communal clashes in two districts of Uttar Pradesh, Mirzapur and Kanpur, as tension soared in these parts of the state ahead of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s meeting in Ayodhya for construction of a Ram temple.Prohibitory orders have been imposed in Mirzapur for over 24 hours. No serious injuries were, however, reported.In Mirzapur, trouble started on Tuesday as members of two communities engaged in stone-pelting after a minor dispute during a Ram-Janaki bike yatra taken out by the VHP through minority-populated areas.Mirzapur District Magistrate Anurag Patel told The Hindu that the VHP did not have permission to hold the bike rally. The local SHO and two constables had been suspended for negligence, he said. No action has been taken against the VHP activists.Additional SP Mirzapur Prakash Swaroop Pandey said five persons were arrested on the complaint of the VHP. Clashes were reported in Kanpur’s Kalyanpur area too. About four people reportedly received minor injuries after two communities clashed with each other during a procession on the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad. Kanpur SSP Anant Deo said the incident took place after members of a community tried to take out aprocession through a lane, leading to objection by another community. “The matter was resolved by the police but some miscreants threw stones from their homes,” said Mr. Deo.last_img read more

Port of Salalah Sees Surge in Container Volume

first_imgzoom Container throughput at the Omani Port of Salalah, part of the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network, reached 1.584 million TEU in the first half of 2016, representing a 29% increase over volume handled during the same period a year earlier.The surge was mainly attributed to an increase in capacity with the completion of a new deep-water General Cargo and Liquid Bulk Terminal in December 2015 as the facility handled around one million metric tons monthly.Some of the container volume growth is the result of Salalah’s proximity to the open sea, and its ability to accommodate the largest of the Ultra Large Container Ships (ULCS) entering into the Asia/Europe trade lanes, according to APM Terminals. Around 90% of Salalah’s container traffic is transshipment cargo movement.“The largest vessels regularly calling Salalah are about 16,000 TEU capacity vessels which are normally deployed in the Asia/Europe trade lane, for which port calls are decided based upon the sustained ability to handle ULCS performance levels,” Port of Salalah CEO, David Gledhill, said.At present, the largest vessel calling Salalah is the MSC Zoe, which is also the biggest container ship currently in service worldwide, with a stated capacity of 19,224 TEUs.“We are seeing a trend of deployment of these large vessels on major trade lanes and we expect to see more of these calls in the near future,” Gledhill added.Around 30 container liner services call Salalah on a monthly basis, linking the Arabian Sea facility to all major ports in Europe, the Mediterranean, the US East Coast, East Africa, the Indian Sub-continent, the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf.The general cargo facility is currently handling 200,000 metric tons (MT) of limestone and some 550,000 MT of Gypsum monthly, among other cargoes. The new berths are used for discharging grain, loading bagged cement, berthing of the multi-national navies engaged in anti-piracy operation, and for cruise vessels.In 2015, Salalah’s volume reached 2.56 million TEUs. The facility also handled 7.9 million tons of bulk cargo in 2015.last_img read more

Warning issued after man with measles travels through Torontos Pearson Intl Airport

first_imgTORONTO – A Niagara man with a confirmed case of measles passed through Pearson Airport on Feb 22., according to Niagara Region Public Health.The health agency says the man contacted the infection while traveling in Cambodia and China before returning to Toronto.The virus was detected at the West Lincoln Memorial hospital emergency room in Grimsby on Feb. 27.Anyone who was at Pearson Airport on Feb 22. between the hours of 6:20 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. may have been exposed to the virus.The man traveled on Air Canada flight number 16 from Hong Kong which arrived at Terminal 1 at 6:20. He also flew on Cathay Pacific flight number 5249 at 11:20 a.m. which arrived in Hong Kong from Cambodia at 3 p.m.Anyone who may have come in to contact with the man is asked to watch for signs and symptoms of measles as they can flare up two to three weeks after the initial contraction.Public Health also recommends making sure your vaccinations are up-to-date.last_img read more