A leading Australian emergency medicine specialist has warned Ireland that the country is “lagging behind” on trauma services. Director or Trauma Services at the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Professor Mark Fitzgerald has spoken about how Ireland should implement similar reforms to those carried out in the state of Victoria 20 years ago, and that he would expect to see a significant difference in patient outcomes. Since Professor Fitzgerald has been employed by the Alfred Hospital, mortality rates from trauma injuries have been halved. The Professor is in Dublin to speak at the Mater Hospital.
There is an increased pressure being given to Ulster Rugby and the officials of the IRFU by sponsors for the officials to deal with the issues raised during the Belfast Rape trial. Bank of Ireland, Official sponsor, has spoken out about how they are “highly concerned” about the “serious behaviour” that came out in the midst of the trial.
Only a few days ago, Eir revealed the completion of takeover deal by French telecoms investor NJJ Telecom Europe. The transfer is said to cut 750 staff as part of a voluntary redundancy programme.
Recently, students voted at the USI Congress to stand together against sexual violence. Hundreds of policy motions were voted on last week at the Congress, touching on topics from mental health to union policies to repealing the 8th amendment. Notable debates over the four day event included equality for transgender and non-binary students and the upcoming 8th amendment referendum.
Mental Health Awareness Week in UCD took place this week (Monday-Thursday). Mind, Body and Soul were in UCD to help play their part in raising awareness on the Student Quad. There was also bunny cuddling, cow milking, henna tattoos, petting farms, a tie dye t-shirt workshop as well as free massages on offer throughout the week to raise valuable awareness on mental health. There was also walk around campus on two days from the group Healthy UCD.
In terms of weather for next week, it is looking like a cloudy and wet start to the week will soon turn into some bit of warmth by Wednesday! These mild conditions are said to continue through to the end of next week, according to Met Éireann!
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