Limerick GP warns that under-6 scheme will lead to “yellow pack”…

first_img Previous articleQuinlivan warns of ‘dishonest’ EU/ US dealNext article#VIDEO Latvian charged with Limerick murder John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp Limerick GP Dr Emmet KerinLIMERICK doctor and vice president of the National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP) Dr Emmet Kerin has warned that the Government’s scheme to provide free GP care for children under six will lead to “a yellow pack” service.And according to Dr Kerin, the majority of doctors in the region are opposed to the scheme and do not intend to sign up for it.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up He told the Limerick Post: “The general feeling is no. I have to acknowledge that there are practices that financially are really struggling, and this offer is nearly tempting to them in the short term. But from talking to other colleagues here, they are generally saying no.“The offer as it stands isn’t good for GPs, it’s not good for the future of the GP service and it’s not a good deal for patients.”Dr Kerin has criticised the Government for launching the scheme “to gain votes”He commented: “With all the gloss and the spin on it, it sounds like a great deal, but the substance isn’t there.  As a parent, you would think that it is a good scheme but actually it isn’t providing anything. It’s very hard to take on the Government, it’s an emotive issue for parents, of course they want their children to be looked after, but it’s not a free service.“I would have to reduce my consultation time from 15 minutes to seven minutes. We will end up with a yellow pack service. Patients will have shorter consultation times and they won’t get to see the same GP each time they come in. If a GP doesn’t know you, you’re more likely to be referred to A&E.”Dr Kerin explained that the scheme does not include additional tests or x-rays that may be necessary, and does not cover the cost of medication for chronic conditions.He added that the Government should prioritise providing care for patients with chronic conditions.“There are more than 9,000 children receiving a domiciliary allowance, they have chronic conditions like cancer or Down Syndrome, and they’re not entitled to a medical card,” he pointed out.He also warned that it would generate “an additional four million consultations” per year for GPs nationally, and that many practices do not have the manpower to deal with an increase in demand.The NAGP is urging doctors not to join the scheme, however individual GPs are free to decide whether or not to sign up.It has since emerged that the scheme will cost double the amount initially envisaged with Junior Health Minister Kathleen Lynch telling the Dáil last Thursday that the extra €30 million now required would not come from other health areas.Stating that the cost of the project was now expected to be €67 million, not €37 million, she said: “we may need a supplementary budget towards the end of the year”, but any extra funds would not impact on other services. Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Twitter Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Linkedin TAGSDr Emmet KerinhealthlimerickNational Association of General Practitioners (NAGP)Under-6 GP scheme Email Printcenter_img Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Advertisement Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Facebook NewsLimerick GP warns that under-6 scheme will lead to “yellow pack” medical serviceBy John Keogh – April 24, 2015 762 WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads last_img read more

Gluten-free firms make inroads into foodservice

first_imgGluten-free bakery manufacturers are tipping foodservice as the next big market for their products as consumers search out restaurants, cafés and hotels that offer ’free from’ menu options.Gluten-free brands, such as Livwell, Genius and Dietary Specials (DS), are making initial moves beyond retail into the foodservice market in response to the growing demand.According to DS research, 44% of people living with coeliac disease have given up eating out after struggling to find places that could cater for their needs. Meanwhile, tourism and hospitality website www.i-know.com reported seeing an 85% increase in people searching for gluten-free restaurants on its site last month compared to the month before.DS launched a gluten-free foodservice range last month, including rolls, bread, biscuits, sausage rolls and multi-purpose flour mix. Retail brand manager Michelle Shinn said: “Our heritage is in supermarkets, but we see foodservice as the next big opportunity for gluten-free. We receive a huge number of enquiries from our customers each month, who struggle to find gluten-free foods when they eat out.”At United Central Bakeries, which manufactures the Genius gluten-free bread, managing director Paddy Cronin described the foodservice market as “an area with massive potential”.The company’s bread is used by Starbucks in a gluten-free sandwich and has been listed by Brakes. Genius’ sister gluten-free brand Livwell has also launched a foodservice range of rolls, breads and muffins.”There is a great opportunity for a restaurant chain to launch a range of gluten-free options on its menu and really shout about it,” he said. “It’s already happening in the US, where some operators have had some really big wins.”>>Get fresh>>Mrs Crimble’s ramps up gluten-free exportslast_img read more

Transacting vs. conversing: Open the door to opportunities your credit union is missing

first_imgHow often do we spend time with a customer and only complete their requested transaction? Have you considered that you could be missing out on offering additional financial solutions?Having a conversation may lead to additional financial success for your customer; however, I’m not suggesting that you just “talk” without truly having a two-way conversation. If you end each transaction with, “is there anything else Ican assist you with today?” or “have I been able to help you with what you needed today?” that may be a service-friendly way to end the transaction; however, what if your customer doesn’t know that they need anything else?It’s our responsibility as financial service providers to “have a conversation” and determine what other financial needs our customers have. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Medora hotels and resorts are leaders in the standards of sustainability and environmental protection in Croatia

first_imgAccordingly, the company also uses biodegradable materials for the packaging of hotel cosmetics, and all types of plastic bags and other disposable plastic small inventory have been thrown out of use in hotel rooms. “When we received a business sustainability questionnaire from one of the global leading tour operators, with specific suggestions on what we should do in doing business over a three-year period to keep up with the latest trends, we realized that we had already fulfilled all those suggestions. So I think we are on the right track and we are moving forward together with the local community. For us, sustainability is not only in ecology, but also in educating young people, supporting sports clubs, various projects and events, everything that represents the future and investing in the local community.“Concludes Kamber. The story begins when the company’s Management Board in 2015 made a strategic decision to harmonize its operations with international tourism trends through the modernization of operations, which is why over 120 million kuna has already been invested in existing facilities in Podgora. Since then, nothing has been the same in Podgora and Medora hotels, so by positioning their offer on four stars with great added value, Medora hotels have raised the entire destination. The growth of the company and its modernization continue with the adoption of a unique policy of sustainability and environmental protection, which uses modern technology to reduce CO2 emissions, reduce drinking water consumption and energy savings. Sustainability as a comparative advantage is finally proving to be a successful business model in the field as well. And that guests recognize and appreciate it, and it is the ecological orientation of Medora hotels and resorts that has proven to be an additional plus and motive when choosing compared to other competitors. Tako se za potrebe prijevoza gosta unutar hotelskog kompleksa koriste električna vozila, imaju i dva Tesla Superchargera za punjenje električnih vozila u sklopu hotela, dok se za zagrijavanje tople vode u hotelu Medora Auri koristi i sunčeva energija. Zanimljiv je podatak da su gotovo svi papirnati materijali koji se koriste u Medora hotelima proizvedeni od recikliranog papira ( reciklirani papir za brisanje ruku, reciklirani toaletni papir ) kanta za smeće u prostorijama hotela koje razvrstavaju otpad u tri kategorije, sve higijenske potrepštine i kozmetika u kupaonici pakirani su u kutije od recikliranih materijala i u sebi ne sadrže paraben, vrećice za smeće u sobama su biorazgradive, a iz ugostiteljskih objekata su u potpunosti povučene plastične slamke i koriste se samo biorazgradive od obnovljivih materijala. Čak su i košuljice za kartice / ključeve soba napravljene su od recikliranog papira, a računi su ispisani na recikliranom papiru. Ecology is more and more in the focus of travelers, which is a great thing, and certainly how environmentally conscious destinations, including hotels, will be more and more ahead of the competition, but only if they really live that story, and not just through one separate project. Medora Hotels and Resorts is one of the leading hotel and tourism companies in the Makarska Riviera, whose mission is to raise the level of service and offer to the international level by following modern business trends, but always respecting traditional values. A mission that is similar to all hotels, but here is one big difference. At Medora hotels and resorts, they take their mission seriously and live it from day to day. Ecology and sustainability are trends that are finally in the focus of global tourism. Although things are going slowly and often various hotels boast of their sustainability and environmental awareness, although it is often a single project, no one in Croatia has gone as far and seriously as Medora hotels and resorts. Medora Clean Sustainability Leaflet center_img Also, each guest receives an educational environmental booklet when checking into the hotel, in the rooms there are recommendations on the importance of multiple use of towels, reducing water use, to various environmental messages around the hotel and digital signage devices in other common areas of the hotel. In the form of preserving the natural beauty and value of Podgora, but also the entire Makarska Riviera, the company Medora hotels and resorts has introduced a number of innovations in business with the aim of raising environmental awareness of its employees, business associates and guests. “One of the main elements of our sustainable business is an active relationship with the local community, which includes a range of activities that we carry out in accordance with our policy of responsible business. We attach great importance to local suppliers and producers and buy their products whenever possible and available, and with the Public Institution Nature Park Biokovo we actively work on programs to protect, maintain, preserve, promote and use the nature park. Partnership with all stakeholders in the local community is the responsibility of every modern companyKamber added. “In our company, we pay special attention to sustainable business and environmental protection, and you, our dear guests, partners and friends, can, in cooperation with Medora, play an active role in the important task of preserving our planet. We do it not only for the sake of the guests, but we also do it for the sake of us, our employees, the local population and the fact how valuable this planet is to us. Everyone at the hotel tries to be aware of this aspect, and guests appreciate it. Especially guests from Scandinavia, northern Germany, Austria, that is, all those who are highly aware in this regard. Not only do they support it themselves, but the tour operators are thrilled as it is not a worldwide practice. The world’s largest tour operators announce that this aspect will be extremely important in choosing destinations and hotels in the future”Points out the President of the Management Board Zrinko Kamber. And all these efforts are recognized on the global stage. Thus, in 2018, the Medora Auri Hotel won a gold medal in the sustainability category in the competition of 40 Blue Star hotels around the world, according to TUI Nordic passengers. It is important to note that the same hotel is one of the few hotels in Croatia that has a gold Travelife certificate since 2017, which is the most respected international measure of the sustainability of business in tourism. Side dish: Medora Clean Sustainability Leaflet That is why it is nice to see a positive example in Croatia, such as Medora hotels and resorts that really live a sustainable and ecological story that they tell and sell. Of course, there is always room for improvement, but in Medora hotels they are definitely on the right track. They still have various sustainable projects and business models in their plan and focus, but for now they are keeping them to themselves until they implement them. And we are here to follow all the great tourist stories, including the continuation of the sustainable development of Medora hotels and resorts. Kada pričamo o brendu hotela, tu izrazito važnu ulogu igra vjerodostojnost. Ako se filozofija održivosti ne vidi na terenu tj. kroz poslovanje hotela uživo i iz dana u dan, onda ćemo dobiti kontra efekt i negativne kritike, kao i u svemu, jer gosti će se osjećati prevareni. Pogotovo u kontekstu održivosti i ekologije, što nije samo trend, nego je postao način života i jako osobno. Zato će fake priče o održivosti gosti dodatno “nagraditi” negativnim ocjenama i recenzijama. last_img read more

Batesville and Madison ranked in top 10 places for retirees to live in the state

first_imgBatesville, IN—Batesville ranked as number 3 on the best places to live as a retiree according to a survey conducted by SmartAsset.  A happy, healthy retirement depends a lot on location. To find the best places to retire, SmartAsset gathered data on three separate regional factors that affect the quality of life for retirees.First, they looked at state and local tax rates, considering two types of taxes: income and sales. they calculated effective rates based on a typical retiree earning $35,000 annually (from retirement savings, Social Security or part-time employment) and spending their disposable income on taxable goods.Next, they determined the number of doctors’ offices, recreation centers and retirement centers per thousand residents in each area.Finally, they found the number of seniors in each area as a percentage of the total population.In the final analysis, they ranked each county and city on these three factors. Then calculated an average ranking for each area, weighting the three factors equally. The areas with the lowest average ranking are the best places to retire.Madison came in 10th in the state and Munster came is as the number 1 place to live as a retiree.last_img read more