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

Kraninger: ‘Will Focus Solely on Serving the American People’

first_img Accountability Banking Committee BCFP Exim Bank Sen Mike Crapo Sen. Sherrod Brown Senate 2018-07-19 Radhika Ojha The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Kraninger: ‘Will Focus Solely on Serving the American People’ Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Kraninger: ‘Will Focus Solely on Serving the American People’ Subscribe Previous: AMDC Hosts Webinar Covering Inclusive Hiring Practices Next: Public Policy Think Tank Discusses Future of GSEscenter_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News About Author: Radhika Ojha Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago On June 16, the Trump administration announced the nomination of Kathleen Kraninger, an Associate Director at the Office of Management and Budget to head the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (BCFP). On Thursday, Kraninger appeared before the Senate Banking Committee to answer some tough questions during a hearing on her nomination to lead the Bureau.She appeared before the Committee along with Kimberly A. Reed, who is nominated to lead the Export-Import Bank of the United States.Even before the hearing, Kraninger’s nomination was highly debated with some of the Senate Banking Committee members, led by Ranking Committee Member Sen. Sherrod Brown, writing to Senator Mike Crapo, Chair of the Senate Banking Committee requesting him to postpone the hearing until documents that they had asked from the Trump administration on Kraninger were provided. “A number of members of this Committee have requested relevant documents and other information from the Trump Administration in advance of Thursday’s nominations hearing,” the letter said. “To date, the Administration has not responded to these requests.  If we do not receive responsive information in time to review it before Thursday’s hearing, we will not be able to conduct the kind of oversight and questioning that allows the Senate to perform its constitutional role of providing advice and consent.”The hearing on Thursday kicked off with Crapo giving his reply to the letter. “With respect to Ms. Kraninger, some senators have requested a long list of documents, including, emails, schedules, involvement in memos, White House communications, etc., relating to Ms. Kraninger’s role at OMB with respect to the Administration’s ‘Zero Tolerance Policy’ and the Administration’s response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico,” Crapo said. “These requests are designed to go after certain extraneous Administration policies that the requesters do not like, and go far beyond the practice of this committee’s document production. Indeed, I would not expect this Administration or any administration to release documents related to an ongoing deliberative process.”“It is my hope that, if confirmed, Ms. Kraninger will be more accountable to senators on this Committee than Director Cordray was,” Crapo added. “I look forward to vigorous debate and vote on the nominees.”  In a Q&A that lasted longer than expected, members of the committee asked some difficult questions related to her role at the OMB as well as what one could expect from her if she was confirmed as the Director of BCFP. If confirmed as Director of the BCFP, Kraninger said that she would, “focus solely on serving the American people.”During her testimony, Kraninger hinted at pursuing a similar path as the current Acting Director Mick Mulvaney. She said that she had four initial priorities for the Bureau if confirmed as Director The first priority she said would be to make the Bureau “fair and transparent.” Secondly, Kraninger intends for BCFP to work closely with other financial regulators and the States on supervision and enforcement. Third, she said, “The Bureau must recognize its profound duty to the American people to protect sensitive information in its possession.”And lastly, she said that she would look at making the Bureau “accountable to the American people for its actions, including its expenditure of resources.”The committee is set to vote on confirming her nomination in the week of July 31. Click here to view the hearing.Learn more about Kathy Kraninger’s nomination:Will Kraninger Succeed Mick Mulvaney as CFPB Chief? Tagged with: Accountability Banking Committee BCFP Exim Bank Sen Mike Crapo Sen. Sherrod Brown Senate July 19, 2018 3,313 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agolast_img read more

Bread of Life Dinner discusses pregnant students

first_imgNotre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture hosted its semi-annual Bread of Life Dinner Tuesday evening in the Morris Inn. Senior Erin Stoyell-Mulholland who helped plan and run the event, said the dinner is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to interact with faculty and have conversations about issues related to the protection and support of life in the context of a brief lecture. Tuesday’s lecture featured speaker was Erin Hoffmann Harding, vice president for student affairs, who spoke on the topic of “Promoting a Culture of Life at Notre Dame.”Hoffmann Harding said she wanted to start by dispelling the notion that Notre Dame imposes disciplinary action on pregnant students — a myth she said she has heard repeated by many people across campus from students to hall staff.“This issue is one of our biggest challenges and something I am particularly passionate about,” Hoffmann Harding said.Hoffmann Harding said Notre Dame offers a wide variety of tools to help with planned and unplanned pregnancies, in particular designated pregnancy support advocates, a pregnant and parenting student assistance fund and educational online resources.“As a Catholic university, Notre Dame is committed to life and to offering students resources that support the choice of life,” Hoffmann Harding said.Students can anonymously receive pregnancy tests through University Health Services or the local Women’s Care Center if they are uncomfortable with turning to an official school organization, Hoffmann Harding said. She also said that Notre Dame takes pains to include males in the pregnancy support process, especially since the fathers are often students themselves.The question of where students can find help is crucial, Hoffmann Harding said, and options range from the emotional and spiritual support of Saint Liam’s counseling services, campus ministry and hall staff to monetary assistance from the office of financial aid.“We must be empathetic, non-judgemental and good listeners,” Hoffmann Harding said. “We want to support the choice of life.”Hoffmann Harding showed a video produced by Notre Dame, which showcased the stories of former students who had unexpectedly become pregnant while they were undergraduates in school. The students spoke about the initial fear and uncertainty they experienced, but also talked about how they were able to successfully finish their educations and form families with the support of the university.There was an informal question and answer session after the talk finished and the discussion primarily focused on raising student awareness of the issue available help for unplanned pregnancies. Suggestions from the audience included placing informational posters on pregnancy support resources in the bathrooms of resident halls in similar manner to how Georgetown University advertises their own pregnancy assistance program.Hoffmann Harding said the University is continually looking for new ways to improve their support for pregnant students and she appreciates recommendations and ideas from students and faculty.Tags: Bread of Life Dinner, Erin Hoffmann Harding, Notre Dame, Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture, pregnancy, University Health Serviceslast_img read more

Man at the summit

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Sir Leon’s Lesson maul Brickdam Secondary 13-0 as Milo Under-18 action continues

first_imgSIR Leon’s Lesson completed a 13-0 drubbing of Brickdam Secondary when action in the Petra Organised Ministry of Public Health/ Milo schools U-18 Football tournament continued at the Ministry of Education ground, Carifesta Avenue,yesterday.Playing the third game of the day, Sir Leon’s Lesson was in a no-nonsense mood with Adrian Aaron slamming four goals in the 3rd, 27th, 32nd and 66th respectively,while Meshach Barratt scored another hat-trick of the tournament with strikes in the 1st, 33rd and 42nd.Individual strikes came from Amonick Muir 6th, Richard Rayside-26th, Shamar Carrington-44th, Dante Yannick-47th, Dexter Blue-64th and an own-goal in the 40th as the side asserted their authority.The opening game of the day featured Queenstown,who got past Christchurch 5-2 with a hat-trick from Jermaine Padmore (54th, 56th and 67th) and single strikes from Daniel Ross (5th) and Shaquan Stephens (30th).Christ Church had Patrick Joseph (21st) and Andre Paul (68th) on target.Game two was a close affair as South Ruimveldt overcame Cummings Lodge 1-0 thanks to Godfrey Weeks (34th)Game four was almost a carbon copy of game two, the score line reading 5-2 in favour of Richard Ishmael over Carmel Secondary.Scoring for the winning team were Shaquille Baptiste (9th and 15th) and Randy Roberts (45th and 47th) and Stefan Duke(18th).Closson McLaren and Sherwin Luke scored in the 21st and 51st respectively for the losers.Matches continue today with North Georgetown playing School of the Nation, Dolphin playing Central High, Maes taking on Tutorial High and Queen’s College going up against St George’s. (Stephan Sookram)last_img read more

McCutchen eager to be back with Pirates

first_imgIn this March 17, 2013 file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen smiles after batting practice before an exhibition spring training baseball game against the New York Yankees in Bradenton, Fla. McCutchen arrived at Pirates spring training early. The defending National League MVP is only too anxious to get on with an encore. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Andrew McCutchen was almost as busy this winter as he was last season, when he helped the Pittsburgh Pirates reach the National League playoffs.McCutchen batted .317 and set career highs with 38 doubles and a .404 on-base percentage. The center fielder earned his third straight All-Star berth, won his second Silver Slugger and was the NL Most Valuable Player.Days after picking up the MVP award, McCutchen flew to the West Coast to be a presenter at the American Music Awards. He played in Shane Victorino’s charity golf tournament in Maui, Hawaii. Back in Los Angeles in December, McCutchen proposed to his girlfriend, Maria, on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”After all that, McCutchen was happy to return to his native Florida and the relative calm of spring training. The Pirates held their first full-squad workout Tuesday.“I had way more distractions this year,” McCutchen said. “It was a quick offseason, but it was fun. I knew the quicker my offseason, the quicker the season starts and the quicker I’ll get married. That’s fine with me, so I embraced it.”The early part of McCutchen’s offseason was a whirlwind of appearances related to his status as reigning MVP. He’s the sixth Pirates player to win the award and received 28 of a possible 30 first-place votes.But after his appearance on “Ellen,” McCutchen’s image as a baseball star also became that of a soon-to-be-married man.“I wasn’t surprised,” McCutchen said with a laugh. “I knew that after I proposed to her, people would totally forget about the MVP award. That’s as it should be.”However, McCutchen is all business now that spring training is under way. As usual, he came to camp with a personal to-do list that he shared with manager Clint Hurdle.“We get his thoughts on the work he’s done this winter and where his focus is this spring, and we’ll see if it matches up,” Hurdle said. “Every year I’ve been here, it pretty much has. Andrew usually comes with a couple focus points. His game continues to get better and more consistent. He sets the bar pretty high for himself.”This is McCutchen’s ninth spring training. He turned 27 on Oct. 10, the day after the Pirates were eliminated from the NL Division Series.As he’s become one of the game’s rising stars, McCutchen also is the “old man” of what could eventually be one of the most athletic outfields in the majors.Starling Marte (23 years old) will start in left field and top prospect Gregory Polanco (22) is expected to take over in right field at some point this season.“It will be a little different, being the older guy of the bunch,” McCutchen said. “I’m still young. They’re just younger.”Polanco will likely start the season at Triple-A Indianapolis, although management wants to give him a long look in camp. Tall, strong and lean, Polanco has dynamic speed and is still developing what scouts say should be plus power at the plate.“I watch (McCutchen) a lot because he plays the right way,” Polanco said. “I watch how he acts on the field, how he works, everything. I look at what he does, the different things, and see what will work for me. He’s like a teacher.”Notes: LHP Francisco Liriano was selected the Pirates’ opening day starter. Liriano was the NL Comeback Player of the year after going 16-8 with a 3.02 ERA. He started the 2009 season opener for the Minnesota Twins. … Josh Harrison was the only player who did not report in time for the Pirates’ first full-squad workout Tuesday. Harrison’s wife had a baby last week, so the team gave him an extra day to arrive.last_img read more