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FOUR HSE WEST STAFF LOSE JOBS DUE TO ABSENTEEISM

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Date Published: 27-Mar-2013

The HSE West is working to tackle absenteeism, with four members of staff losing their jobs in the last 12 months due to inappropriate use of sick leave schemes.

The figures were discussed at last evening’s HSE West Regional Health Forum meeting where Cllr Padraig Conneely highlighted that the 4.4 percent figure for GUH for 2012 was still above the national target of 3.5 percent.

Regional Director of HR Francis Rogers told members that 90 percent of staff off sick in the West in 2012 were certified by a GP.

Mr. Rogers told Galway Bay fm news that in the West area in 2012, 13 thousand return-to-work discussions were held with staff, one thousand had trend reviews and over 200 were suspended from the sick leave scheme.

He added that trends involving single sick days such as Mondays and Fridays surrounding bank holidays are not the common case now but ARE being monitored and dealt with

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Galway has country’s largest population of young people

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

Galway has a population of young people which is more than twice the national average.

According to information gathered by the Central Statistics Office, Galway’s population of 20 to 24 year olds is more than twice the national average.

The number of 25-34 year olds in Galway is also more than the norm nationally, with the two main colleges thought to be the main reason.

However immigration in Galway is much higher than in other areas at 19.4 percent, compared to the national average of 12 percent.

 

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Call for direct donations to city charity shops

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A city councillor is encouraging people to donate goods directly to charity shops.

It follows allegations of thefts from clothes banks in Galway and across the country in recent months.

However, cameras are in place at some clothes banks and surveillance is carried out by local authorities.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Councillor Neil McNeilis said the problem of theft from clothes banks is widespread.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.

That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.

The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.

Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.

Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.

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