first_imgTwitter WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsO’Dea appalled by waiting list at Limerick hospitalsBy Alan Jacques – January 23, 2018 1244 Facebook Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’DeaLIMERICK Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea has described as “scandalous” the latest outpatient waiting list figures at University Hospital Limerick (UHL) which shows an increase of more than 3000 in the number of patients waiting more that 12 months for an appointment.He said it was “critical” that Health Minister Simon Harris publishes the bed capacity review as soon as possible and brings forward a costed plan for its swift implementation.“To have 30,513 people on the waiting list and 8,686 waiting over a year for an outpatient consultation for University Hospital Limerick is just scandalous. This is an increase of over 3,000 year on year – up from 5,521 waiting over a year in December 2016 at UHL”, Deputy O’Dea explained.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Overall, he said, more than 500,000 are now waiting for an outpatient consultation across the country and 40,957 in the University of Limerick Hospital group, which includes St John’s and Croom Orthopaedic Hospitals.“During his time as Health Minister Leo Varadkar promised that by the end of June 2015 no one would wait longer than 18 months on a list. However, at the end of December 2017, 4139 people were facing waits of more than 18 months in University Hospital Limerick.“Minister Harris has clearly taken his eye off the ball as he attempts, and fails, to grapple with Emergency Department trolley crisis. Sadly the chaos we have seen in our Emergency Departments in 2017 means that we are likely to see a further increase in 2018.“We can’t continue with waiting times like these in University Hospital Limerick or anywhere in this country,” he Alan [email protected] Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Email Print TAGSFianna FáilHealth Minister Simon HarrislimerickUniversity Hospital Limerick (UHL)Willie O’Dea TD Advertisement Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Linkedin Previous articleLIT rewards 57 Limerick sports starsNext articleLimerick GAA stalwarts drive enthusiasm for Bus Éireann competition Alan Jacques Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

first_imgHardik Pandya is still a “work in progress” but he could take a cue from Ben Stokes’ bowling during the ongoing series, which could prove to be a “defining one” in the all-rounder’s career, feels Ian Chappell.The former Australian captain also feels that Pandya should be batting at No.6 in the current line-up.”India’s search for a seam-bowling all-rounder is still a work in progress but Hardik Pandya displayed determination and discipline to go with his undoubted skills in an important partnership with Kohli,” Chappell wrote in his column for ESPNCricinfo.Sunil Gavaskar Exclusive: ‘India should have played more warm-up games in England'”Perhaps a move to No.6 would further bolster his batting confidence and if he can also profit from watching Stokes’ efforts with the ball, this could be a defining series for the talented all-rounder,” Chappell assessed.Edgbaston Test: Too early to judge India’s batting failure, says Shaun PollockIn his column Chappell paid glowing tribute to Indian captain Virat Kohli, comparing his Edgbaston hundred to Stan McCabe’s epic double hundred during the 1938 Ashes, which even made Sir Don Bradman give a standing ovation.Nasser Hussain criticises Virat Kohli’s captaincy as India lose in Edgbaston”Having survived Anderson’s challenging examination Kohli went on to dominate the Indian first innings, scoring 82 of the 91 runs accumulated for the last two wickets.Sourav Ganguly wants Vijay, Rahane to step up in remaining Tests vs England”It was a similar dominance near the end of Stan McCabe’s glorious double-century at Trent Bridge in 1938 that caused captain Don Bradman to summon his players onto the balcony with the words; “You will never see anything like this again.” Chappell wrote.advertisementIndia vs England: India batsmen need to watch and learn from Virat KohliNot one to mince his words, Chappell found the slip catching from both teams shoddy.”Both England and India were sloppy in the slips, with a combination of poor technique and faulty alignment being to blame for the shoddy work. One reason for both sides dropping catches is that the fielders are standing too close to each other, thereby causing confusion,” Chappell, a fantastic slip fielder during his playing days observed.He praised Sam Curran and Stokes’ bowling effort, which enabled England to win the first Test match.”Part of England’s success with the ball can be attributed to the increased variety in their attack. The addition of Sam Curran’s vibrant left-arm swing and Stokes’ rejuvenation with the ball made a huge difference to an attack that lacked variety in Australia.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more