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Linking hospital boss benefits to sale of Mars Bars makes me sick

By David Mc Williams

A bonus is supposed to be an incentive for an employee to be more productive. In the case of a hospital chief executive, presumably a bonus should be related to running a better hospital.  You’d think that has to be linked to patient care – both in terms of its efficiency and the experience of the patient. It should also factor in other hospital workers, making sure they are not only efficient, but that there is high staff morale.

This is what a hospital does. It exists to look after the health of its patients and, where the staff is looked after, this will be easier to achieve. This is exactly what we patients expect when we present to hospitals and good management seeks to achieve this sweet-spot where respected workers administer excellent service.

It is, therefore, a shock to hear that the bonus of the Chief Executive of Crumlin Children’s Hospital is linked to the sales of Mars Bars, Crunchies and Twixes in the hospital shop……..

full article at source: http://www.davidmcwilliams.ie/writing

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By Thomás Aengus O Cléirigh

You are only now feeling sick???

Stroke politics is alive and well with the twiddle dumb and twiddle dumber political system, the gombeens stay in charge!. I am not at all surprised, what  about the Bankers salaries they were supposed to be capped at 500,000 euro and yet we have Bankers getting over 750,000 ++ paid by the taxpayers of this BA-NAMA- Republic .Is is any wonder we are such an  un-healthy Bunch  and have the highest cancer  rates in Europe? We are a right bunch of Paddies allowing ourselves to be screwed by our own corrupt self-centred greedy elite in this country! As our health services are cut to shreds and we are told less A&E services and further away are better for us we just sit back until the day comes when we ourselves are looking for emergency care in the meantime our vastly overpaid top hospital managers live a lottery style lifestyle and no doubt they are all privately insured and won’t have to sleep in a hospital corridor ever but can you ordinary Joe be so sure???  So the good times roll for these Public servant leeches,parasites,insiders, as the ordinary people suffer!

Wake up and take back our country from these well placed Leeches in our society!    


Did you know?

Stinging nettle

Stinging nettle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Getting excited about Nettles

It might seem weird to eat a ‘dangerous weed’, but people have been doing it for hundreds of years. As an energy tonic, nettles are revered. In springtime you may find groves of stinging nettle, often growing in rich soil in slightly shady places.  Rather than avoiding them, arm yourself with a good pair of gloves and reap the benefits!

Nettle is a weed to some and a valuable healing herb to others.The generic name comes from the Latin word ‘uro’, meaning ‘I burn’, the most distinctive quality of this surprising plant. Some of you may recognise the name Urtica Urens as the homeopathic remedy, utilised in – guess what -cases of itching and stings.

Why eat nettles?

Nettles are one of the most powerful iron sources in the vegetable kingdom. Great for anaemia, for during menstruation (to top up departing iron stocks) and as a general blood tonic. Whenever you feel run down, or tired, think nettles!

Eating nettles or drinking the tea makes your hair brighter, thicker and shinier; it makes your skin clearer and healthier, good for eczema and other skin conditions. Nettle tea is also a tonic for house or garden plants!

Nettle is also delicious as a green leafy vegetable, not perhaps on its own, but in all manner of sauces and baked dishes. They’re ten percent protein, more than any other vegetable, perhaps with the exception of hemp.  It is wonderful in frittata or quiche in place of spinach (and much more nutritious than this reputable ‘Popeye muscle food’.)

How to collect nettles?

Collect nettles using work or rubber gloves, and wear a long-sleeved shirt.  If you happen upon nettles when you have no gloves, put your hand inside a plastic bag.

The young leaves are the best part of the plant. They come off most easily if you strip them counter-intuitively, from the top down. Pick in quantity when you find them in larger amounts and then steam them,  freeze them, dry them and put them in soups, stews, and other dishes.  Clean and chop nettles wearing rubber gloves. Once you’ve cooked  or blended them a little, the stingers are deactivated, and the plant becomes wonderfully edible.

When is the  best time to collect nettles?

The best time to collect nettles is in  spring, before they flower. It is said that there nutritive qualities are less potent after flowering and they may be bad for the kidneys.

If you get stung remember “Nettle in, dock out!” say the English.  Plantain and dock both work well to relieve nettle stings. Surprisingly some people (masochists?) actually find nettle stings invigorating, and use them to wake up the body! < !–[endif]–>

A few nettle recipes

Nettle and potato soup

Fry 1 leek, 2 cloves garlic and 1 onion in olive oil until soft and sweet:

Add: 3 cups organic vegetable stock (Rapunzel brand or homemade), 3 large diced potatoes, 3 cups of washed nettle leaves, 2 bay leaves, salt and pepper to taste.  Simmer slowly until soft.
To serve.  Add yoghurt to each bowl.

Creamed nettles

Steam nettle leaves. Mix with fried onions and nut cream. Add spices if you like. Yummy.  (Nut cream is made by blending your choice of nut with 1½ times the water. Strain through muslin if you want it really smooth, or just use as is.
Nettle dressing

You may think it’s impossible to eat nettles live without developing a painful swollen tongue condition! However when well blended, the stings are de-activated.   Here is a yummy raw recipe for nettles.
1/4 cup washed nettle leaves Juice of 3 oranges 2 teaspoon honey 2 T cider vinegar 1 T shoyu 2 T tahini 1 teaspoon fresh chopped ginger Water to thin to desired consistency.
Blend until smooth. Serve with a green salad.

PS Nettles are fab in quiches and frittatas; use like spinach!

*DISCLAIMER: I am not responsible for if you do eat them and fall ill or have an allergic reaction*



St Columcille’s Hospital, Loughlinstown A&E services demonstration to-day

It’s a miserable cold and rain swept day in Wicklow and the 90 odd brave souls who turned up to the demonstration for the retention of the St Columcille’s Hospital Loughlinstown A&E services deserve a gold medal .The demonstration (arranged by the people before profit )was in fact called off because of the bad weather and at an address to the assembled citizens ,who in spite of the weather , show up to fight for the retention of these vital services ,Mr Richard Boyd Barrett call for the demonstration to be put back until next Saturday 8th of Oct (same Time ).I call on anyone who can please support this action, we must stand up against those who would rob us of our health services in favour of a commercialised health system.
It’s up to you to make the effort!

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Do you want to know what Ireland is like to-day ?

Taken from the Irish Times to-day

Sir, – As I write this letter I am hoping that sleep can provide me with some escape from the anxiety and pain that the economic situation is wreaking on me and my family.

Until recently I have been able to meet my mortgage repayments and provide for my young children. At this juncture, seeing as the part-time work on which I depended has entirely ceased, I have found myself and my loved ones having to cope with a new torment – hunger.

Today I have had nothing to give my children only bread and cereal. My dole payment is completely servicing my mortgage and my savings have run dry on essentials. I dread what each day will bring.

The wolf that I have been keeping from the door has finally moved in. – Yours, etc,


Cathair na Sailigh,

Traigh Lí, Co Chiarraí.

Comment :

With decent citizens living like this, where is the government of the day? On holidays for two months no less! Ministers on 4000 Euros a week telling this man and his family he is over paid with the current dole payment  0f 212 euros and if he looks for work he is told to go on a work experience with no payment for nine months. At the same time NAMA is paying developers 200,000 Euro a year (3,846 Euros a week) ,because their standard of living has gone down.

Somebody please explain why we are not in open revolt against this obvious corrupt system. A system that rewards corruption, treachery, cronyism,and insiders snout’s in the trough! How many more letters must we have like this one in the national papers before decent people all around Ireland get up and make a stand????

Ref:Save Loughlinstown A&E Wicklow action group

This fight is only starting as the new vision for Europe is now clear we are to be incorporated into a 4th Deutsche Reich and we are not going to be at the table where decisions are made we will be told what to do and our first instruction has already be giving we are to change our constitution in favour of a dictate from the German and French mouthpieces of the Big Banks in Europe.
All financial matters will now be dictated to us and with the constitutional changes we will be nothing more than debt slaves .The republic is no more thanks to the stooges in the Dail !
Health, Education and a Roof over your head are a fundamental rights and it is a crime to steal these services under the guise of health and safety. We must renew our efforts and expand beyond what was for now normal activities. These are our services and not the bequest of governments to take away whenever they so chose .People of Ireland wake up we are been fleeced.
Stand up for your rights for God sake! Don’t wait until you need to go to an A&E!

“Cancer Is Serious Business” Dr.Burzynski (2)

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Government and Reilly could be sued over Roscommon closure

Government and Reilly could be sued over Roscommon closure
17 July 2011 By Susan Mitchell and Nicola Cooke

Photo Machholz

The Roscommon Hospital Action Committee (RHAC) has sought legal advice with a view to taking action over the decision to close the emergency department at the hospital.

John McDermott, chairman of the RHAC, said the committee would decide whether to proceed with an action in the Irish or European courts, after it received legal advice from senior counsel this week.

McDermott said a consultant at the hospital was also considering taking legal action against Minister for Health James Reilly, after the politician claimed that the mortality rate for patients who went to the hospital with heart attacks was four times the mortality rate, at 21.3 per cent, of those admitted to Galway. ‘‘He believes his professional reputation has been damaged by the claims,” said McDermott.

The RHAC has disputed the figures mentioned by Reilly. It said figures from the Hospital In-Patient Enquiry (Hipe) system, compiled over the last three years, showed that the mortality rate was in line with other hospitals.

Some consultants at the hospital have backed the HSE’s move to close the emergency department on safety grounds.

However, Oliver Clinton, a consultant surgeon at Roscommon County Hospital, said that he believed the decision to close the emergency department at Roscommon was ‘‘a political one’’, and that Reilly should re-examine the role of the Health Information Equality Authority (Hiqa) and its board members.

The emergency department was closed based on the findings of two Hiqa reports (Mallow and Ennis).

‘‘If James Reilly got rid of the board of the HSE, then he should equally have scepticism for the Hiqa board,” he said.

Clinton claimed that Hiqa did not examine the capacity of neighbouring hospitals to deal with extra patients. UHG’s emergency department is already under pressure, with up to 40 patients on trolleys some nights, for example.

McDermott said he was concerned that only a quarter of the paramedics in the region had received advanced training.

He said it was also accepted that there were not enough ambulances.

It emerged last week that road accident victims in Roscommon who suffer severe bleeding can no longer be taken to Roscommon County Hospital for a transfusion.

John Hennessy, regional director of operations in the HSE West, said that senior doctors were now reviewing the systems which have to be implemented to ensure the proper care of these patients.

source: http://www.sbpost.ie/news/ireland/government-and-reilly-could-be-sued-over-roscommon-closure-57546.html

St. Columcille’s Hospital Loughlinstown up-date

About 150 concerned citizens of Wicklow showed up to day to
protest against the service cuts proposed for St. Columcille’s Hospital Loughlinstown.

We the people of Wicklow are been bamboozled by spin and all
5 Wicklow TD’s have swallowed the lies that this hospital needs to have its
services cut, because of safety issues. After years of reducing the funds, the last
government has tried to run this hospital down in order to justify their strategy
of cutting services. It is because we are now paying enormous interest on the so
called bailout of our country we don’t have nothing left to pay for the upkeep
of our community hospitals .The new government have decided to continue to
implement the policies of the last Fianna Fail government. they have also ditched
all their promises to the voters of Wicklow as they believe they are in their
Dail jobs now for the next 5 years and the voters cannot kick them out until
then .  These same 5 politicians have
lied to the voters of Wicklow and as the wallow in their lottery salaries .Unless
we the people get up off our collective backsides and stand up for ourselves we
stand to lose all of our community services and our public health system .

We must make a stand now!

Demonstration against the A&E service cuts at St. Columcille’s Hospital Loughlinstown To-Day

Demonstration against the A&E service cuts at St. Columcille’s Hospital Loughlinstown

To-Day at 2pm from St Anns church in Shankill, another demo will be at the hospital on Monday @1pm, this is part of the nationwide day of protests outside all
effected hospitals. Please do come and show your support.

We need
to make a stand otherwise our health services will dwindle down to none!

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