New record for patients on hospital trolleys

first_imgLinkedin Email WhatsApp Facebook University Hospital LimerickA RECORD high for the number of patients waiting on trolleys at University Hospital Limerick (UHL) was set this week, when figures from the INMO showed there were 70 admitted patients waiting for a bed.This is the highest number since the nursing union began counting the numbers of waiting patients. On Tuesday, 46 people were on trolleys in the Emergency Department and a further 24 were waiting for an in-patient bed in overflow wards.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The numbers had decreased to 64 during the week.Limerick Labour TD Jan O’Sullivan said she is “calling for funding to open all available beds in hospitals in the region, for extra step-down beds where they can be provided and for additional Home Care Packages. It needs an urgent interim response from Government.”“No other region has the pressure we have and all other regions are better resourced for the populations they serve”.In a statement, hospital management said “UL Hospitals Group sincerely regrets that any patient has to face long waits in our emergency department.“The emergency department at UHL is one of the busiest in the country and the numbers presenting continue to increase year on year. Attendances to the end of December 2018 were 72,037 – an increase of 6.2 percent on 2017.The statement said the emergency department was exceptionally busy in recent days.“In the week between Monday, February 18 and Sunday, February 24, a total of 1,453 presented to the emergency department. In the 24-hour period to midnight on Monday, February 25, a total of 210 people attended the Emergency Department. We continue to see high volumes of frail elderly with complex medical conditions and regret that anyone faces long wait times while we prioritise the sickest patients. The Department is also seeing high volumes of surgical patients at present.“We are again asking members of the public to please consider all their care options before presenting to the emergency department at UHL.Injury units in Ennis and Nenagh are open from 8am to 8pm, and St John’s is open from 8am to 6pm for the treatment of broken bones, dislocations, sprains strains, wounds, scalds and minor burns.“UHL has just over 450 inpatient beds; this is recognised as not being sufficient for the needs of the Mid West Region. The Group welcomes the commitment to increasing bed capacity at the hospital,” the statement concluded. Printcenter_img Previous articleAfternoon delight with Finghin CollinsNext articleCity hosts flowers for Magdalenes event Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. NewsHealthNew record for patients on hospital trolleysBy Bernie English – March 2, 2019 1355 Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Monster Hurricane Lane pummeling Hawaii with torrential rain, strong winds

first_img(HONOLULU) — Hurricane Lane is bearing down on Hawaii, dumping up to a foot of rain on the Big Island and lashing the state with winds up to 130 miles per hour.The Category 4 storm may bring over 20 inches of rain to some areas, making them vulnerable to flash floods and landslides.Public schools across the state are closed Thursday and Friday in anticipation of the storm, and several major airlines have issued weather waivers for Hawaiian airports in advance of any damage.Hurricane Lane is forecast to pass very close to the islands on Thursday and Friday. Even if it does not make a direct landfall on the state, it still expected to have a major impact.Twelve inches of rain have already fallen within 12 hours on parts of the Big Island, the National Weather Service said Thursday.The rainfall caused landslides on a highway on the Big Island, the National Weather Service said, citing county officials.Life-threatening surf is also expected across the islands over the next few days. The large waves and storm surge will push water levels 2 to 4 feet above normal tide levels along the state’s southern and western shores.Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa stressed the severity of the storm during a press conference Wednesday.“This is the most serious … and I’ve been alive 63 years,” Arakawa told reporters.“Undoubtedly, we’re more prepared then we’ve ever been,” he added.Water, meals and generators are being delivered to the islands and evacuation centers were opened in all four counties, officials said.Over 300 people are already at evacuation centers and that number is expected to significantly increase over the coming days, said Brad Kieserman of the American Red Cross.Hawaiian residents and visitors flocked to stores to stock up on food, water and gas ahead of the storm. Some businesses and homes have already been boarded up.It’s rare for hurricanes to hit Hawaii. An area of high pressure that sits to the northeast of the islands typically steers hurricanes away. This high pressure is the strongest from May through October, which is also prime hurricane season.The Hawaiian islands are also surrounded by cool water and tropical cyclones need ocean water temperatures to exceed 80 degrees to strengthen.The last hurricane to make landfall in Hawaii was Iniki in 1992. Lane would be the third on record.Category 1 Hurricane Dot hit in 1959 and catastrophic Category 4 Iniki came ashore in 1992. Both made landfall on the island of Kauai.Category 1 Hurricane Iwa also had a major impact on Kauai in 1982, but because its eye did not hit the island, it wasn’t officially counted as making landfall there.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

​Chart of the week: Responsible investment surges in importance

first_imgTim Manuel, head of responsible investment for Aon in the UK, said: “In the UK, where regulations in favour of responsible investing continue to strengthen, we see investors taking more concrete steps to implement responsible investments within their funds.”The fact that Aon had a high response to the survey in the UK, with 43% of overall respondents being based there, was indicative of this frame of mind, Manuel said.Meredith Jones, author of the report and global head of responsible investing at Aon, said the consultancy was also observing significant investor-led RI efforts where regulation was not driving activity, however. Year-on-year change in responsible investing attitudes by geographic region Responsible investment (RI) surged in importance for all types and sizes of institutional investor around the world in the last year, a new survey has found, with the biggest gains in positive sentiment towards the approach recorded among respondents in the UK.Of the UK respondents to Aon’s 2019 Global Perspectives on Responsible Investing survey, 42% indicated RI was very important or critical to their organisation, up from 19% in 2018, and 87% answered that they believed the approach was at least somewhat important, up from the 66% who gave that response in 2018.In continental Europe, those percentages were 85% in 2019, up from 80% in 2018.In the US, meanwhile, the percentages were 78% compared to 57%, and in Canada the proportions were 78% — up from 66%. Source: Aon, Global Perspectives on Responsible Investing 2019The survey polled nearly 230 investment professionals internationally.Corporate pension funds were revealed to have undergone a sea change in their attitudes to responsible investing, with the share of investors expressing a positive sentiment toward the approach growing from 56% in 2018 to 86% in 2019. Public pensions saw similar growth, according to the poll, but from a different departure point, with positive sentiment spreading from 70% of respondents last year to 92% in 2019.Year-on-year change in responsible investing attitudes by investor type center_img Source: Aon, Global Perspectives on Responsible Investing 2019The most popular primary motivation for pursuing RI — across all investors — was the belief that incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) data leads to better investment returns, Aon said.However, the firm said many UK and European respondents indicated in the survey that they were motivated to engage in RI in order to have an effect on global issues such as climate change, diversity or social justice.“By contrast, only 10% of US investors and 8% of Canadian investors indicated global impact as a motivator,” Aon said.According to the survey, lack of agreement on key issues, such as terminology and materiality, was a hindrance for fewer investors this year than last: 14% of those polled in the 2019 survey, down from 26% in 2018. However, Aon said the industry continued to struggle with what constitutes ESG, socially responsible investing (SRI), and impact investing. In its view, imprecise terms have been applied on a wide variety of investment products, with a number launched over the last 12 months under an ESG label when they included features that fell more under the headng of SRI and/or had impact goals as well. Aon said it continued to advocate “for the apt imposition of names when it comes to all things RI”. It also said it planned to launch an impact fund and a low carbon factor fund for its discretionary asset management clients.last_img read more

Deputy Sports Minister happy with Ghana League progress

first_imgDeputy Youth and Sports Minister Vincent Oppong Asamoah says he is impressed with the level of play and patronage in this season’s Ghana Premier league.The excitement and level of play after match day 5 has been the major talking points in the league.Lots of positives have been seen so far and Vincent Asamoah, an avid follower of the league, hopes we can build on those positives to make this season’s league a memorable one“I think we are seeing the best spectating so far in the league and that is impressive. The fans have been so splendid and I must say I am impressed,” he told Joy Sports“The quality of play has been fantastic and officiating too has not been bad at all.”“We need more of the games on TV and aside Supersports, if the other local stations can show matches I think it will also go a long way to promoting and making it very good.”  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img