Cathaoirleach Michael Kilcoyne

  • An elderly woman has been left without a phone landline for eight days now and she depends on the landline for her home security pendant and according to the Cathaoirleach of Castlebar Municipal District Michael Kilcoyne the service being provided by Eir, in a case like this is not good enough.

    He told Midwest News this morning that the present coronavirus pandemic already has many people anxious, and an elderly woman living on her own should be able to get a vital service like her landline restored more efficiently, rather than adding to her stress.

    Midwest News has contacted Eir  and a spokesperson says the company will investigate the matter.

  • A vital treatment for new born babies that have experienced trauma to the brain during birth, is only available in hospitals in Dublin and Cork.

    The need for the treatment, known as “Brain Cooling”, to be available in every maternity hospital, has been highlighted by the Cathaoirleach of Castlebar Municipal District Michael Kilcoyne. The intervention is most effective in the first six hours after birth,

    At yesterday’s HSE West Forum meeting, Cllr Kilcoyne submitted a motion calling on the Minister for Health and the HSE to immediately extend the ‘Brain Cooling’ (medical term – Therapeutic Hypothermia) treatment for babies to be available on site in every maternity hospital in the Republic of Ireland.

    While the motion was approved by councillors, it was not endorsed by Saolta management.

    Cllr Kilcoyne told Midwest News today, that nonetheless, the motion will now go before the Minister for Health and the Dept of Health to ensure that every child, regardless of their postal address has the same access to vital medical care.

  • Despite a promise by Minister Simon Harris that all graduating nurses would be offered a 12 month contract on graduation in an attempt to address the shortage of nurses in our hospitals, that is not happening for nurses graduating from Mayo and Galway hospitals in a few weeks time.

    Minister Harris made the promise, after nurses nationally had taken strike action last year, and among the issues they highlighted was the problem of retention of nurses in hospitals and the volume of young graduating nurses that were emigrating.

    However, the Cathaoirleach of Castlebar Municipal District ,Independent cllr Michael Kilcoyne says he has become aware that while in Dublin and Cork hospitals the Minister’s promise is being honoured , at present in Mayo and Galway hospitals, students who will graduate in a few weeks time, having finished their placements in the hospitals, have been interviewed and put on panels, but the majority of them have not been offered a twelve month contract.

    The Cathaoirleach says the situation is completely unacceptable and has accused Minister Harris of, again, failing to deliver on commitments.

    Midwest News has sought clarification from the Saolta Hospital group on the situation and we are awaiting a response.

  • A couple earning 25,000 euro a year between them, do not qualify to get on a local authority housing list and so do not qualify for local authority / social housing in Mayo. That’s according to the Cathaoirleach of Castlebar Municipal District Michael Kilcoyne.

    At Monday’s monthly meeting of Mayo County Council, the Independent councillor’s motion to have the have the income limit to qualify for social housing raised, was carried by councillors  and he says he is now waiting to see who the next Minister for Housing is, to insist that the limit is raised. He argues that the income limit to qualify for social housing on the East coast is higher and says the situation is wrong and must be changed.

    Cathaoirleach Kilcoyne has been speaking to Midwest News.

  • The fact that patients in the Castlebar area must often travel to Westport to avail of the out of hours Westdoc Service late at night or over Bank holidays was raised by the Cathaoirleach of Castlebar Municipal District Michael Kilcoyne at this week’s monthly meeting of the HSE West Forum.

    The councillor says he often gets complaints from patients and their relatives forced to bring a sick person to Westport in the middle of the night.

    He said the same situation exists for people in the West Mayo area that need the Westdoc service on nights that a Castlebar doctor is on call.

    In response, HSE West management confirmed that that is the system in place and added that Westdoc had not received any complaints from the public on the matter.

    Cathaoirleach Kilcoyne told Midwest News that response contradicts what many users of the service have told him.

     

     

    Cathaoirleach Kilcoyne told Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley that that response contradicts what many users of the service have told him