Cllr Mary Hoade

  • Progress on delivering a new emergency department at University Hospital Galway is very slow, and five years down the line from when it was first promised, planning permission has not yet been sought for the development.

    In the meantime, demand on the department is increasing with more than 5,000 patients presenting themselves at the hospital’s ED in each of the months July, August and September of this year. That’s a 4 percent increase on the same period last year.

    The matter was raised at this week’s HSE West Forum Meeting in Merlin Park by two Galway based Councillors, Headford Fianna Fail Councillor Mary Hoade, and Galway city based Fine Gael Councillor Padraig Conneely.

    Both Councillors expressed concerns that the new ED plans are not moving quickly enough.

    Cllr Hoade says she is aware of many patients who have scheduled surgery in Galway, being told the evening before admission, that due to the volume of patients in the ED that their surgery has been postponed.

    Cllr Conneely told Teresa that he cannot understand why all the groups and agencies involved in progressing the delivery of an urgently required new ED in Galway cannot come together in one room and get things sorted.


  • A Galway Councillor has questioned the HSE on why agency staff are being used for clerical work, if there is a panel already there of people who are qualified for the job.

    Fianna Fail Cllr Mary Hoade raised the matter at the recent HSE Regional Health Forum meeting.

    She said she was aware of instances where agency staff are being used in clerical and admin positions but was informed by HSE management that this was generally down to a situation where the contract on offer was short term or was turned down by someone on the panel.

    Cllr Hoade says she is concerned about the cost of agency staff to the HSE, especially where there is a panel in operation.

  • The HSE executive has agreed to meet with Galway Oireachtas members and HSE West Forum members to address a crisis in funding to services for young people with autism in Galway.

    At this week’s HSE West forum meeting in Merlin Park, Headford based Fianna Fail Councillor Mary Hoade made a strong case for the service, known as GAP, (Galway Autism Partnership) that is located in Newcastle. She said she had attended a public meeting on the crisis earlier this week in the city, and the service that is used by more than 200 individuals with autism looks set to close down if funding of 75,000 euro cannot be secured.

    HSE Chief Officer for Communities Tony Canavan explained that all voluntary agencies are funded through Section 38 / 39 Service level or Grant Aid Agreements. He acknowledged the value of the service provided by GAP, and he said the organisaton had received some funding in 2017 but added that resources can only be allocated on the basis of funding available to the HSE.

    Nonetheless,  due to the funding crisis that has now occurred for the group, he said he was willing to meet with Oireachtas members locally to see if additional funding could be found.

  • The HSE says plans are progressing to install X-ray and ultrasound equipment at the new Tuam Primary Care Centre.

    The centre opened to the public last December, and the Department of Health allocated funding earlier this year of €700,000 for diagnostic equipment at the facility.

    The issue was raised at this month’s meeting of the HSE Regional Forum by Galway Fianna Fail Councillor Mary Hoade, who asked if the X-ray and ulstrasound services are yet available at the Tuam Primary Care Centre, and when the necessary staff would be recruited.

    Speaking with Midwest News, Councillor Hoade said she was delighted to hear that the extra services should be in place in Tuam later this year.

  • It’s important that every effort is made to retain nurses in our hospitals, that’s the view of Headford based Fianna Fail Councillor Mary Hoade, a member of the HSE West Forum.

    At a recent meeting of the forum the councillor submitted a question on the number of new nurses hired at University Hospital Galway and Merlin Park Hospital in the past twelve months.

    In response Ann Cosgrave Chief Operating Officer at Saolta University Health Care Group confirmed that the total number of nurses hired in the last year at both hospitals was 153, including all nursing grades. In addition there were 84 Student General Nursing (pre-reg) hired.

    Councillor Hoade told Midwest News that it is vital to retain and recruit nurses in order to provide the services required at both hospitals

  • There are not enough staff to operate all of the theatres at Galway University Hospital on a full time basis.

    That was confirmed to Headford based Fianna Fail Cllr Mary Hoade at this week’s HSE Regional Health Forum meeting.

    Cllr Hoade says while all theatres are open at GUH at present, they are being optimised in line with available staff.

    She says it is one thing to have theatres closed at Merlin Park but it is a concern that there aren’t enough staff to keep them in use on a full time basis at GUH.