‘Shameful embargo’ delays 80% of nursing posts in Letterkenny

first_imgIt has emerged that just one in five new nursing posts have been sanctioned at Letterkenny University Hospital due to the recruitment embargo in the HSE.And less than half of all staffing posts in the hospital have been signed off since May this year.The figures have sparked shock and anger locally and have given rise to more calls on the government to lift the health service recruitment ban. “The true and scandalous impact of the government’s embargo is now revealed,” said Donegal Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn.Senator Mac Lochlainn had asked the Minister for Health to confirm how many posts at the hospital had been submitted for national approval since the recruitment embargo commenced earlier this year and how many had been signed off on. He said: “Of 19 nursing posts applied for, only four have been sanctioned (one in five). Of 69.5 overall staffing posts applied for, only 29.5 have been sanctioned (less than half). The serious impact of these willful blockages by the Minister and his department and HSE senior officials is felt every day across the hospital.“Growing numbers of patients awaiting inpatient beds and growing numbers of people awaiting outpatient and inpatient hospital appointments and operations. And impossibly difficult working conditions for our nurses, doctors and support staff.” Senator MacLochlainn is again calling on the Minister to end the embargo in order to reopen all the beds in the hospital’s Short Stay Ward.He said: “My campaign to get all of these beds reopened with additional nurses and doctors, will continue until Minister Simon Harris keeps his word.”‘Shameful embargo’ delays 80% of nursing posts in Letterkenny was last modified: November 3rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:embargoHSELetterkenny University HospitalNURSESSenator Padraig Mac Lochlainnlast_img read more

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South Africa’s first mobile agri-lab

first_img11 September 2013 South Africa’s first mobile agricultural laboratory, one of the most technologically advanced in the world, will be a major boost for the country’s emerging farmers, enabling them to have their water, soil and animals tested on their doorstep. The Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) spent R3-million on the development of the laboratory, which was recently launched by non-governmental organisation Mobile Agri Skills Development and Training (MASTD) at the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport outside Nelspruit. “The benefits of the lab are numerous and include bringing conformity assessment support closer to emerging farmers, giving them access to a testing facility that will help them in their farm planning and crop production,” Seda spokesperson Beverley Kgame said this week. Project manager Kevin Gambaran said the lab, with its cutting edge-range of equipment, “is definitely the most advanced agricultural laboratory in the country, and we are very proud to launch it after years of hard work”. In addition to laboratory facilities, the 20-metre Scania truck unit hosts a training facility with high-tech electronic equipment and a comprehensive one-stop support centre for small, medium and micro enterprises within the agriculture industry. Two high-definition television screens on the outside of the truck relay what is going on inside, and all laboratory equipment, barring the air-conditioners, are run with solar power. “There is an interactive training room on board and a top-of-the-range computer where research and analysis can be furthered,” Gambaran said. MASTD chairman Mathews Phosa said the laboratory would “strengthen MASTD’s hand in accelerating the growth of emerging farmers into commercial producers and beyond”. The truck adds to a fleet of MASTD vehicles which visit projects and deliver seedlings and mechanisation to farmers across the country. MASTD managing director Lynette Bezuidenhout, who leads a team of 30 full-time professionals at the NGO, said the lab would also be used for educational purposes. “The plan is also to support rural schools by taking the laboratory unit to them and demonstrating experiments by using the television screens, making students aware of basic agri-science and showing that agriculture is a worthwhile profession.” Bezuidenhout said more than 300 people were involved in the construction of the laboratory, which was hand-created and custom-made. Phosa, the former premier of Mpumalanga province, said that such developments were vital for South Africa’s economy given the dwindling number of commercial farmers in the country. “Many African and East European countries continue to lure farmers with extremely lucrative contracts. More worrying is the fact that the average age of our commercial farmers is 62. It is clear that the future of food production and rural job creation lies with South Africa’s 2.5-million emerging farmers.” Phosa added that since MASTD’s inception in 2005, the organisation had made significant inroads in uplifting emerging farmers through its business incubation system. “Last year alone, MASTD was instrumental in establishing 286 new SMMEs, creating more than 400 jobs,” Phosa, adding that the goal would be to establish laboratories in all nine provinces. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Steve Miller Band To Rock Charity Show

first_imgCall him the Gangster of Love. Call him Maurice. Call him the Space Cowboy. Call for your Charity Preview tickets now because on Jan. 16, rock legend Steve Miller Band will perform at the largest single night fundraiser in the world: the North American International Auto Show’s Charity Preview.“Everybody knows that Steve Miller speaks ‘the pompitus of love,’” said Scott LaRiche, chairman, NAIAS 2015. “Steve Miller Band is legendary and we are absolutely ecstatic that he’ll be our very special musical guest at Charity Preview, helping us celebrate an amazing night and a spectacular week in Detroit.”Admittance to “An Evening with Steve Miller Band” will be permitted with the purchase of a Charity Preview ticket. The special performance begins at 9 pm.“When the show floor closes, the legend begins,” said LaRiche.Charity Preview will be held from 6-9 pm. Tickets are $400 each ($390 of which is tax deductible) and available now at charitypreview.com.Since 1976, the Charity Preview has raised more than $96 million for Southeastern Michigan children’s charities — more than $45 million of which was raised in the last 10 years alone. Beneficiaries of NAIAS Charity Preview include: • Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan • Boys Hope Girls Hope Detroit • Children’s Center • Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation • The Detroit Institute for Children • Judson Center • March Of Dimes Metro Detroit • Detroit PAL • DADA Charitable Foundation Fund, a fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michiganlast_img read more

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