Drug shortage forces doctors, nurses to sit-in at Skeldon Hospital

first_imgBy Andrew CarmichaelDoctors and nurses at Skeldon Hospital on Monday staged a sit-in and refused to see patients. Their drastic action came as a result of shortages of drugs and lack of basic equipment for them to carry out their duties.Since they had no tools to down, the staff at the Accident and Emergency Unit simply refused to see patients who turned up at the facility.Patients waiting to be attended at the A&E Department of the Skeldon HospitalWorking or not working did not make a difference, since the medical staff cannot provide a service, given the current conditions at the hospital, they said on Monday.A patient, Shamwar Appru, said he arrived at the medical institution at about 07:00h, and after more than one hour, he was told by a staff that there was no one to attend to him.“They tell me that the doctor is not working. I got a bad abscess on my mouth, paining real bad. They say the doctors on strike and they have no drugs to distribute to patients, so it is waste of time for them to see the doctor,” Appru said.The very upset Appru said he was initially told to revisit the hospital at 12:00h, but after an hour had elapsed, he was told to return another day.“They had more than 20 people waiting this morning when I come, and they (had) all the people wasting their time,” he added.Another person with whom the Guyana Times spoke was Mahindra Mohan. As the 20-year-old left the medical institution, he said he had no idea when he would be able to receive medical attention, and since his situation involves the Police, he cannot go to another hospital.Meanwhile, Natasha Qualie of Number 65 Village said she was told that service might return to normal next week.“Yesterday (Sunday) I come, and they say that I got to get (an) ID card. Now I come back with (an) ID card and can’t get look after,” she said.Raginjra Shivnarine, 49, of Number 75 Village, was seen limping into the hospital compound, but moments later was limping out. He said that, despite his condition, he was told to come back another time.He said he begged to have a nurse attend to him, but was told that it was not possible, since they did not have gloves and face masks.Executive member of the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) Ram Mangru told this publication that he visited the hospital after hearing about the sit-in.“When I come up here and I talk to the General Medical Officer and ask him if he is aware of the situation, he said, ‘Yes.’ I asked him if he made a report and requisition and he said, ‘Yes’, that he has been constantly making reports and requisitions for drugs because there is a shortage, but they have not been getting any attention,” the union representative said.Mangru said he then met with the doctors and nurses on the sit-in, who confirmed the shortage of drugs and other medical supplies at the Skeldon Hospital.The GPSU official said the workers are willing to continue their protest action, but the union cannot advise them on the way forward unless it first holds discussions with regional officials.He said he was told the Director of Regional Health Services was informed of the situation but had not responded.However, Regional Health Service Director Jevaughn Stephens told media operatives that he was not aware of what was happening.Meanwhile, in a press release issued on Monday, the Public Health Ministry has said a high-level meeting is planned for today following the sit-in.According to the release, the sit-in did not disrupt operations in other parts of the hospital, and according to the Focal Point Person for the Public Health Ministry in Region Six, Alex Foster, physicians were upset that critical supplies were unavailable to treat their patients and were thus forced to take industrial action.Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary in the Public Health Ministry, Collette Adams, said other ministry officials are mystified by Monday’s industrial action taken by the Skeldon Hospital physicians. Adams said the hospital received supplies from the Materials Management Unit (MMU) last Thursday.The Public Health Ministry has said today’s talks involving all the stakeholders are expected to pave the way for a return to duty by the striking physicians.The ministry also said medical supplies are expected at the Skeldon Hospital today.last_img read more

SINN FEIN COURT CHALLENGE WILL COST TAX-PAYER €200,000 – LEGAL EXERTS

first_imgSinn Fein’s failed court case against the independent referendum watchdog yesterday will cost the taxpayer up to €200,000.The party lost its 11th hour High Court challenge led by Pearse Doherty against a statement made by the Referendum Commission — giving the Yes side a final boost ahead of today’s vote.The Donegal TD’s action, which was opposed by both the Referendum Commission and the State, centred on a statement made by commission chairperson High Court judge Kevin Feeney on whether Ireland has a veto over the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) from coming into being. Dismissing Mr Doherty’s case, Mr Justice Gerard Hogan said the statement by Mr Justice Feeney at a press conference on May 3 last was not misleading.Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore said the case was a “last desperate attempt” by Sinn Fein to cast doubt on the independence of the Referendum Commission.“I believe that this was a stunt by Sinn Fein in order to maximise their own publicity and in order to create confusion,” he said.Sinn Fein’s legal representative indicated they will be applying to have their costs covered and the Referendum Commission legal team followed suit.Legal experts last night estimated the cost of the judicial review case, which was heard until nearly midnight, will cost the taxpayer up to €200,000.The judge will hear the application for costs on June 14. In his ruling, Mr Justice Hogan said in terms of any political debate the court must “remain strictly neutral”.SINN FEIN COURT CHALLENGE WILL COST TAX-PAYER €200,000 – LEGAL EXERTS was last modified: May 31st, 2012 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:PEARE DOHERTYreferendumlast_img read more

Andrea Radrizzani completes takeover of Leeds United

first_imgA very special day…proud to be part of Leeds United. Will work hard to bring joy to all @LUFC fans #mot #ALAW https://t.co/OOWdfpNZ7b— Andrea Radrizzani (@andrearadri) May 23, 2017//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Andrea Radrizzani is now full owner of Leeds United Italian businessman Andrea Radrizzani has taken full control of Leeds after buying the remaining 50 per cent of shares held by co-owner Massimo Cellino.Radrizzani, 42, bought a 50 per cent stake in the Sky Bet Championship club through his company Aser Group Holding in January and it has been widely reported he had the option of completing a 100 per cent takeover at the end of the season if Leeds failed to win promotion.Radrizzani, who has also become chairman with immediate effect, told the club’s official website: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to become a custodian of this great football club.“The heritage and history of Leeds United attracted me to the club and having spent time at games and at Thorp Arch, I can see that we are ready to move forward to the next level.“This is a long-term commitment, there is a lot of hard work ahead of us and I am aware of my responsibilities as owner of Leeds United.“I can assure all supporters that everyone at this club will be doing all we can to build a successful team at Elland Road.”center_img 1last_img read more

MCNULTY WINS HUGELY SUCCESSFUL 40TH DONEGAL INTERNATIONAL RALLY

first_imgTim McNulty has held his nerve to win the Donegal International Rally.Huge crowds met the Meath man as he arrived back at the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny this evening. McNulty kept his cool over the day’s final eight stages in Inishowen to finish one minute and nineteen seconds ahead of Alastair Fisher and his Letterkenny co-driver Rory Kennedy in second place.The event, which saw a crowd of more than 50,000 attend the three days, has been hailed as a huge success with no accidents.A Garda spokesman said the vast majority of rally followers were impeccably behaved.“The message of keeping the race on the road really got home. We had very few incidents of a serious nature. “The organisers did a terrific job and the crowd really behaved themselves. It was a really good event form our point of view,” he said.Eventual winner McNulty and co-driver Paul Kiely lead the event from the fourth stage on day one and increased their lead yesterday before driving a steady race today to ensure the title.The wet conditions earlier on today did not prove a problem for McNulty and the victory never looked in doubt.He stayed over a minute clear of Fisher’s Fiesta throughout the day and going into the final two stages, set in Buncrana Town, McNulty was leading by 1 minute and 16 seconds.McNulty held his nerve on the final two short town stages to win his second event in this year’s Irish Tarmac Rally Championship following his victory in Galway earlier this year.Fisher and Kennedy held off the challenge of Daragh O’Riordan for second, with O’Riordan fastest on half of today’s stages. Kevin Barrett finished in fourth with Garry Jennings taking fifth place. PICTURE BY CLIVE WASSON PHOTOGRAPHYEndsMCNULTY WINS HUGELY SUCCESSFUL 40TH DONEGAL INTERNATIONAL RALLY was last modified: June 20th, 2011 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:McNulty wins Donegal rallylast_img read more

SHAY’S DELIGHT AS KEANE ARRIVES AT VILLA PARK

first_imgDONEGAL soccer star Shay Given is delighted at Robbie Keane’s arrival at Aston Villa on a short-term loan deal saying it has  :given the whole dressing room a lift.”The veteran Lifford goalkeeper is delighted that Villa boss Alex McLeish has moved to bring Keane to the club from Los Angeles Galaxy during the MLS close-season in the United States.And, Given feels Keane’s presence at the training ground has already boosted the rest of the squad, while he is certain the former Tottenham and Liverpool striker will still do a job in the top-flight and help the Villa youngsters progress during his time at the club. On Keane, who could make his debut against Everton on Saturday, Given said “It’s great for Villa to secure a player of Robbie’s calibre, even in the short term.“I didn’t know how fit he was before the last couple of days in training but he looks really sharp, to be honest.“We’re all delighted that he’s here and I think he’s just given the whole dressing room a lift.“He’s a big personality and he’s a big-game player. I think even in training the lads have been very impressed with what they’ve seen.” Given added: “Some of the young lads here can learn from a guy like Robbie Keane. It’s fantastic for them. I think the younger players will look up to him and learn from him.“I also think he will cause Premier League defences plenty of problems when he’s given a chance to play.“If you give him a chance, then nine times out of 10 he’ll take it.”Meanwhile Villa manager Alex McLeish has praised Shay for making “great progress” in his recovery from a hamstring injury – but insists the goalkeeper is not certain to walk straight back into the first team.Given is now back in training having been sidelined with the problem since the start of December but No.2 Brad Guzan has seized his opportunity in the absence of the 35-year-old, turning in a string of impressive performances in recent weeks. But with Given now nearing a return to action, possibly as early as this weekend, McLeish faces a tough decision over who to pick between the posts.“Shay is not far away. He’s champing on the door to be involved this weekend,” the McLeish told AVTV.“Whether he is going to make it, we will have to wait and see. I can’t give you that news at the moment.“He has made great progress. He is training with the group and it’s a case of how sharp he’s feeling and how confident he’s feeling before we make a decision about him coming back into the team. “There are no guarantees of that obviously because of the way Brad has played.”SHAY’S DELIGHT AS KEANE ARRIVES AT VILLA PARK was last modified: January 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:Aston Villadonegalrobbie keaneShay Givenlast_img read more

Volleyball To Host South Dakota State In Home Opener

first_img Live Stats Story Links Tickets The Valley on ESPN3 DES MOINES, Iowa – Just three days after winning the FAU Invitational title, the Drake University volleyball team returns to the Knapp Center for its home opener on Tuesday, Aug. 30. First serve against visiting South Dakota State is scheduled for 6 p.m. with the contest being broadcast via The Valley on ESPN3.The Bulldogs take to their home court with a 3-1 record after defeating Northeastern, Florida Atlantic and Bethune-Cookman over the weekend to win a season opening tournament title for the third-straight season. Over the last three years, the Bulldogs are a combined 10-1 on the first weekend of the season.South Dakota State makes the short trip to Des Moines with a 1-2 record after opening the season in Green Bay, Wis. Last season, Drake defeated the Jackrabbits, 3-0, in Brookings, S.D.Junior Kyla Inderski (Urbandale, Iowa) opened the season for the Bulldogs with 63 kills in four matches to earn FAU Invitational MVP honors while hitting .289 in those four games with 37 digs.  She opened the season with a career-high 19 kills in back-to-back games against Northeastern and North Florida. Many of those kills came off sets from senior Chandelle Davidson (Gretna, Neb.) who had 87 to earn a spot on the FAU Invitational all-tournament team along with junior Kameo Pope (Belle Plaine, Neb.). Pope led Drake at the net with 16 blocks to go along with her 18 kills and team-high seven aces.Following Tuesday’s home opener, the team returns to the road for three games at the Omaha Classic next Friday and Saturday in Omaha, Neb. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

EXPERTS WARN PUBLIC TO STAY AWAY FROM DEAD WHALES

first_imgHundreds of people posed with and touched the dead whales yesterday. Pic copyright nwnewspixThe public have been warned not to touch the carcasses of the whales which stranded on a Falcarragh beach yesterday.Dave Duggan, regional manager of the Irish Parks and Wildlife Service told Donegal Daily that they simply do not know what the Pilot Whales died from.He warned “I certainly would not allow any of my staff to touch these animals without protective clothing on them. “We simply do not know what they died from and until we do I would be advising people to stay away from them.”Some of the Whales were re-floated to the water at Ballyness Bay. pic copyright nwnewspixHundreds of people posed for pictures with the dead whales yesterday while children climbed on their backs.However, no guidance was given on scene to people and the area was not sealed off.A team from Donegal County Council is expected to arrive at Ballyness Beach today to assess the situation and to work out how to dispose of the large corpses. Thousands of people descended on the beach yesterday causing major tailbacks as locals tried to save the whales.But despite TWO successful rescue bids, a number of the whales have now beached and died.Mr Duggan said he appreciated that people were only trying to save the creatures but he said it was best all around if they were now left alone.“I know people have good intentions but this is nature and this is what these animals do. It happens all the time.“I would appeal to people to stay away from this area and allow nature to take its course. “I would also ask people not to touch the whales. They are on the beach for a reason – because some of them are sick,” he said.EXPERTS WARN PUBLIC TO STAY AWAY FROM DEAD WHALES was last modified: July 8th, 2014 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:Ballyness BeachDave DuggandonegalFalcarraghPilot Whaleslast_img read more

DONEGAL REDS’ FANS IN SHOCK AS LIVERPOOL FIRE BRENDAN RODGERS

first_imgLiverpool fans in Donegal are in shock after the club announced that Brendan Rodgers will leave his post with immediate effect after having his contract terminated.The process to appoint a new manager is underway, said the club in a statement.The Northern Irishman joined Liverpool FC in June 2012 and helped the club mount a memorable title challenge in his second season, as well as helping to develop many exciting young players. LFC’s ownership have paid tribute and thanked Rodgers for his contribution.In a joint Fenway Sports Group statement, Principal Owner John W Henry, Chairman Tom Werner and President Mike Gordon said: “We would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Brendan Rodgers for the significant contribution he has made to the club and express our gratitude for his hard work and commitment.“All of us have experienced some wonderful moments with Brendan as manager and we are confident he will enjoy a long career in the game. “Although this has been a difficult decision, we believe it provides us with the best opportunity for success on the pitch. Ambition and winning are at the heart of what we want to bring to Liverpool and we believe this change gives us the best opportunity to deliver it.“The search for a new manager is underway and we hope to make an appointment in a decisive and timely manner.” DONEGAL REDS’ FANS IN SHOCK AS LIVERPOOL FIRE BRENDAN RODGERS was last modified: October 4th, 2015 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:Brendan RodgersfiredLiverpoollast_img read more

Delight as Harvey’s Point named ‘Hotel of the Year’

first_imgManagement and staff at the stunning Harvey’s Point Hotel are celebrating today – after being named the ‘Hotel of the Year’. Harvey’s Point were awarded the prestigious Georgina Campbell Awards ceremony which was held at Bord Bia, in Dublin.The Donegal four-star – also Ireland’s No.1 on TripAdvisor – was cited for its stunning location, luxurious accommodation and waterside fine dining restaurant. The Georgina Campbell Awards are the longest running Hospitality Awards in Ireland and are highly coveted throughout the industry.Manager of Harvey’s Point, Deirdre McGlone expressed her delight at the award via her social media timeline on Twitter.McGlone tweeted, “Proud and honoured to be awarded ‘Hotel of the Year’ 2017 #GCAwards @IrelandGuideThe award will give management and staff a timely boost after a sad start to the week for all associated with Harvey’s Point. Harvey the gander, was the oldest goose in Ireland and lived in the hotel garden for 27 years.However, he sadly passed away and Deirdre paid a fitting tribute to him.Following his death, Deirdre paid him a warm tribute.She said: “Our gorgeous goose Harvey was an integral part of the team which built and developed Harvey’s Point Hotel.“Now that he is in that part of the universe where great geese go, we hope that he will inspire us to continue our work of looking after our guests and that he will one day send us a webbed successor who will grace our lake and our lawns.” Delight as Harvey’s Point named ‘Hotel of the Year’ was last modified: September 22nd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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)last_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Steelhead season off to slow start

first_imgAs the North Coast is once again on the verge of being pounded by more wet winter storms, there’s a collective questioning happening amongst anglers.Where are the steelhead? Just about every river has dropped into fishable shape at some point within the last couple weeks, but the fish have yet to show in any of the rivers in good numbers. The calendar now reads January, so we’ll cross that off the list of reasons why the fishing has yet to kick into gear. Could this be the year that we …last_img