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HSE refutes ambulance downgrade claims

REPORTS about a possible downgrading of the ambulance service in East Clare have been refuted by the Mid-West Health Service Executive (HSE). East Clare Councillor Joe Cooney has expressed concern about reports that the HSE were allegedly planning to remove full-time and on-call ambulance cover from the Scariff Ambulance Station on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night between 8pm and 8am.

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Concern over suspension of CAT scan service

Concern has been expressed over the suspension of scans from a new €0.5 million  diagnostic CAT machine at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Ennis. The Mid-Western Hospital Development Trust provided funding for the capital cost of the CAT following a campaign mounted by former Ennis hospital consultant and board member, Gerry Byrnes, over the past 16 years.

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Greens get with the programme

THE Greens have once again displayed a maturity in politics that some might not have expected from them some years ago. By voting overwhelmingly for the new Programme for Government last Saturday, they have again shown that they have grown up in Irish politics. They first showed that maturity more than two years ago when they originally agreed to share power with Fianna Fáil.

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County council to vet regeneration tenants

CLARE will be taking part in a Regional Housing Strategy, which will see residents of Moyross and South Hill rehoused in the county. However, according to officials, there will only be a small number of arrivals and the county council will be able to vet people. In September 2008, Shannon Town Council venomously opposed Clare’s participation in the Regional Housing Strategy, with Councillor Tony Mulcahy warning that the “dregs of society” could be dumped in the town.

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Mayor objects to State jobs for retirees

THE Mayor of Clare wants retired civil servants to remain retired. He has called on the Government to crack down on the number of retired civil servants that are returning to work within State services, despite being in receipt of State pensions and retirement packages. Councillor Tony Mulcahy said the practice is denying young graduates employment and is placing additional and unnecessary pressure on the public finances.

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Depression on the rise as recession bites

LEADING psychiatrist Dr Moosajee Bhamjee has warned that waiting times in the Clare Mental Health Services would continue to increase unless more funding is allocated by Government to address mental health issues. Expressing concern about the lack of funding, Dr Bhamjee claimed some patients could be forced to wait up to six months to attend a public psychiatrist or a counsellor, while others might have to wait between four to six weeks for an outpatients’ appointment.

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