Relief for patients as hospital’s foot clinic reopens

first_imgA seven-month wait for patients in need of podiatry appointments at Letterkenny University Hospital has finally come to an end as the HSE confirms the appointment of a locum Podiatrist.Months of uncertainty surrounded the podiatry support clinic at LUH, which was forced to stop accepting any further referrals last April when the Podiatrist overseeing the service took maternity leave.The suspension of the service was labelled as a ‘scandalous situation’ by Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty and caused alarm for high-risk category patients such as those with diabetes who need important supports from the clinic. It has now been confirmed that a replacement Podiatrist was appointed earlier this month and services have resumed.Deputy Pearse Doherty said: “This announcement will come as a huge relief to many patients and their families after what has been a worrying and frustrating few months which began last April when the service was forced to stop taking any further patient referrals.“As many people will recall, the decision to suspend the service was made due to the clinician in charge going on maternity leave.“This was despite management at LUH having sought approval from the HSE for a replacement Podiatrist as far back as December 2018 in order to fill the vacancy during this period. “And while it’s my understanding that a candidate had been offered the role last February, their appointment was delayed due to a pause on recruitment within the HSE meaning that the post was among a number of vital positions which were put on hold. “This resulted in a scandalous situation whereby since last April, patients across Donegal have been unable to access important supports provided by the clinic, something which has caused particular alarm for high risk category patients such as those with diabetes who require regular monitoring given the threat posed by complications of the disease. “I immediately raised this issue with the Minister when I first became aware of the clinic’s suspension and, following months of delay, I am now glad to have received this news that appointments to the Podiatry service have now resumed.”The LUH foot clinic provides a broad range of hospital based supports including screening and diagnostic services and, for diabetes patients, it offers wound care management, as well as the provision, supply and fitting of footwear and support devices. Deputy Doherty added his frustration with the disruption in recent months: “It’s extremely regrettable that patients in Donegal have had to wait for months to see appointments resume once again at the hospital, and it’s clear that both the HSE and the Government are to blame for it and for abandoning these patients like this.  “Notwithstanding this, I am happy that the Podiatry Clinic at LUH is now operational once more and I sincerely hope that patients now begin to receive treatment in a timely and proper manner once again.”Relief for patients as hospital’s foot clinic reopens was last modified: October 31st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Travel chaos at US airports

first_imgLos Angeles International Airport – the world’s 8th largest – was gridlocked Sunday night by thousands of angry demonstrators protesting over President Trump’s ban on nationals of seven countries.The first demonstrations erupted on Saturday the day after Trump signed the order banning travel to the U.S. by citizens of Syria, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, Iran and Somalia. At Los Angeles International Airport many intending passengers were forced to abandon their taxis or buses and walk to the terminal.Rental car company buses took over 90 minutes – instead of 15 – to get to the airport. Many rental car customers returning their cars opted to walk the 30 minutes to the airport.The traffic gridlock also trapped airline crews with many flights delayed because of their late arrival.The demonstrators were peaceful but extremely noisy. Police was equipped with riot gear but took no action.Many of the signs read “We are all immigrants in America” and Let them go” referring to those travellers who were on route to the US when the ban was implemented. Other signs suggested the ban was reminiscent of the Nazi regime of the 1930s and labelled Trump’s chief strategist Stephen Bannon, who has just been appointed the Security Council a Nazi.On Saturday, a Federal Judge in New York issued an order blocking the government from deporting passengers with valid visas who arrived after the travel ban was implemented.However, confusion remains on the temporary ban, while the courts of Virginia, Washington and Massachusetts took similar action.A solution in the courts may take weeks to resolve commentators suggest. According to Associated Press Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich, said on Sunday that the Trump’s measures were “rushed, chaotic, cruel and oblivious to the realities” of security. They had, he added, ushered in “a dark moment in U.S. history.”Airlines were warning passengers to get to the airport early during Sunday afternoon but not all could be contacted.Demonstrators say the campaign of disruption will last 30 days and impact other international airports such as San Diego, Seattle and San Francisco.last_img read more

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Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Personalization Remains An Open Problem

first_imgsramana mitra Related Posts I want to start today’s recap with a prayer for Steve Jobs. I just wrote a post on my blog saying, Apple Doesn’t Need Steve Jobs; Tech Industry Does. It sums up my sadness at the thought of our industry not having the privilege of Steve’s thought process. I have, most certainly, drawn tremendous inspiration from him as a thinker and a visionary. I am sure most entrepreneurs have.With this week’s One Million by One Million roundtable, we have moved from the DimDim web conferencing platform to the ViVu video conferencing platform. DimDim, as you know, was recently acquired by Salesforce.com.Better Personal AdvertisingFirst up today was Michael Greenberg presenting Better Personal Advertising. Mike wants to manage online identity on behalf of consumers so that they can maintain multiple identities for different types of sites, say photo, career, etc. and present themselves better in those different contexts.Mike’s customer acquisition strategy is weak at this point, and he also has a rather broad strategy in approaching this market. While I do believe there is an interesting opportunity in identity management, I am going to need to work much more closely with Mike to extract the nuggets out of his idea, and give shape to a viable go to market strategy.Remote StylistThen Kelly Fallis pitched Remote Stylist, a personalized interior decoration advice service coupled with e-commerce in the domain of furniture and furnishings. Kelly’s business has already done about $150,000 in revenue in 2010, which tells me that she has successfully validated at least some of her assumptions. Kelly has a lot of gaps in her customer acquisition strategy, as well as positioning, and she is seeing customers from commercial and residential clients. All this is too broad, and needs tightening up on multiple dimensions.I like the business idea a lot, and in 1M/1M, we know a lot about building Web 3.0 and e-commerce businesses, so I would love to work with Kelly to help her figure out the various nuances of building a successful e-commerce business, especially one that differentiates on personalization. I have repeatedly said that personalization is an open opportunity in Web businesses, and needs to be tapped this decade. For Kelly, a good starting point would be the 1M/1M Curriculum, where we can offer her a lot more on the subject.BizzGenieNext Sajeeva Bora with tekMunk Software Solutions discussed BizzGenie, a business software concept to help retailers manage the decision-making between “shop floors and top floors.” Sajeeva and his cofounders have good domain knowledge of the retail business, but have not yet done sufficient validation of the idea. He is looking for money and naturally, getting rejected by investors for lack of validation. As I have said before, this is not the right stage to look for money. There’s more work to be done to prepare for a funding round.Food Is Our Medicine VisionNwenna Kai then presented Food Is Our Medicine Vision, an online training concept through which she wants to teach community leaders how to create healthier living concepts like organic gardens, etc. in urban areas. Nwenna has surveyed about 200 readers of her blog, and they have told her that they would be willing to pay $400 to $800 for such courses.Nwenna came to the roundtable with the question: What now? Where do I begin? Well, that’s a rather large question to answer in five minutes, but she obviously needs to start validating her business within that group of 200 users who have said they’re willing to pay for her offering.UdemyUp last was Gagan Biyani pitching Udemy, an online marketplace for educators and experts to teach various topics. Gagan has about 150 completed courses on the site so far, and about 10 of those are monetizing. He has run some experiments within the entrepreneurship training vertical, and has seen success when he has brought on known thought leaders. However, he faces the problem that the top tier thought leaders are unwilling to set up shop on his site. They have their own programs under their own brands.Interestingly, Nwenna, who pitched right before Gagan, would be very interested in setting up shop on Udemy, and teaching her concepts and bringing her audience onto Udemy. We did this spot validation at the roundtable, and I believe, Gagan got a customer. However, I’d like to see a more focused, vertical specific go-to-market strategy in Udemy. At some level, Gagan’s focus on entrepreneurship courses doesn’t really align with Nwenna’s target audience.I have thought a lot about how to make an entrepreneurship education and eco-system scalable and accessible to a vastly larger number of people. The answer to that question, I believe, is the 1M/1M Premium Lounge. In fact, at a time when we’re facing severe youth unemployment in America and Europe, and the emerging markets are just starting to build their entrepreneurship eco-systems, we really need to think deeply on how more and more young people can be efficiently, rapidly and cost-effectively be trained in entrepreneurship.You can listen to the recording of today’s roundtable here. Recordings of previous roundtables are all available here. You can register for the next roundtable here. Sramana Mitra is the founder of the One Million by One Million (1M/1M), an educational and incubation program that aims to help one million entrepreneurs globally to reach $1 million in revenue and beyond, build $1 trillion in sustainable global GDP, and create 10 million jobs. She is a Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur and strategy consultant who writes the blog Sramana Mitra On Strategy, and is the author of the Entrepreneur Journeys book series and Vision India 2020. 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