• A woman waited five hours in the waiting room at the Emergency Dept of Mayo University hospital on a Saturday afternoon last month, in severe pain before seeing any doctor.

    She has detailed her experience in an email to Castlebar independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne.

    The woman attended the ED of the hospital on Saturday July 21st, where it appeared that there was not adequate staff on duty to cope with the demands.

    She describes an 18 month old sick toddler with her mother waiting five hours to be seen by a doctor, and a man who had waited seven hours to see a doctor and eventually was gone home when his name was called.

    Councillor Kilcoyne says the situation is completely unacceptable and together with information released earlier this week that almost a million people are waiting for outpatient appointments nationally, he calims, the health system is failing many patients.

  • Maintenance staff at Mayo University Hospital have been undertaking a daily lunchtime protest outside the hospital for weeks now.

     The protesters are members of Connect and Siptu trade unions.

    They claim that their contracts are being significantly changed by the HSE / Hospital Management without any consultation or discussion.

    Midwest News spoke to some of the protesters last week and afterwards asked the HSE for a response.

     Several days later the HSE – Saolta Hospital group issued the following statement.

    “This dispute is an unofficial action and the employer has continued from the outset to secure meaningful engagement within the agreed processes. A matter has been referred to the Labour Court under the Public Service Agreement and management has not implemented any changes associated with this pending the outcome of the Labour Court hearing”.