Limerick GPs will not turn women away

first_imgAdvertisement Limerick doctors join growing list of Doctors for Yes Previous articlePop-up park to let dogs off the leashNext articleListless Limerick limp out of Munster Hurling Championship Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Abortion survivor to address Limerick rally on April 6th Twitter 119 Limerick women had abortions in UK last year NewsHealthLimerick GPs will not turn women awayBy Bernie English – June 17, 2018 2413 TAGSabortionDr Emmet KerinFamily DoctorGeneral PractitionerGPGP Representativehealth Email WhatsAppcenter_img Norovirus Visitor Restrictions Tightened at UHL Limerick GP Emmet KerinFAMILY doctors in Limerick will not turn women in crisis pregnancy away and abortion services will be provided, a senior GP representative has said.Dr Emmet Kerin, a former president of the National Association of General Practitioners and current executive member of that body told the Limerick Post that Limerick women need not fear that they will be left without refuge after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced that abortion services will be provided by GPs on an “opt in’ basis.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “There is a small minority of GPs who will not want to participate in abortion referrals or prescribing pills and their opinions should be respected. There are others who have no moral objections but have concerns around issues like having access to ultrasound to safely date a pregnancy and blood testing facilities for rhesus issues.”Despite polls showing that eight in ten GPs don’t want to personally provide services, “there are plenty of GPs in Limerick who will provide a service or be happy to refer patients on to family planning services. No GP is going to say to any woman in crisis ‘you’re on your own”.Dr Kerin, whose practice is with the busy Treaty Medical centre in the city, himself wrote to Minister Harris in advance of the Referendum vote, asking him to meet with GP representatives to discuss the issues.“It was very disappointing that he didn’t do that. GPs were completely sidelined. There was no question of trying to influence the outcome of the vote. It simply made practical sense for us to talk to the Minister about the issues in advance. But we do welcome the decision to allow GPs opt-in, Dr Kerin said.“But it’s a huge issue that there isn’t a functional relationship between GPs and the Department of Health.Dr Kerin said that he is confident that services will now be provided by doctors whose hands will no longer be tied by constitutional ban on abortion.“We had an EGM after the vote and had advice from a member of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service. It became clear that abortion is a specialist service.“And from a pragmatic point of view, polls show that around 80 per cent of GPs don’t want to provide this service for various reasons but they are happy to refer patients on and women can also self-refer to a clinic”.Read more health news here. Print Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Crisis pending as Limerick family doctors face retirement Facebook Limerick Doctor comments on “broken health system”last_img read more

Businesses need roadmap on reopening urgently – Watson

first_img WhatsApp Businesses need roadmap on reopening urgently – Watson By News Highland – April 16, 2021 Google+ Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebook Previous articleCouncil urged to buy former Buncrana Garda StationNext article“Difficult issues” still to be resolved with EU over NI protocol News Highland Google+center_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th A Letterkenny businessman says people in retail and other sectors need a roadmap on reopening as a matter of urgency. It comes as Stormont Ministers announced a plan yesterday to relax Covid restrictions there which will see non-essential shops and gyms open on April 30th.From next Friday, hairdressers, barbers and outdoor sports can also resume in the North.Leonard Watson who owns Watsons Menswear in Letterkenny says businesses here deserve a plan too and also says the issue of what is deemed essential and non-essential has been a major bone of contention:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Twitter FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 last_img read more

Live: Denison Witmer

first_imgWhen the background music ceased and the speakers rang with a clean, open strum, no one at the bar knew what to do. Was this a sound check? Then, after two tests of the mike, Philadelphia-based folk rocker Denison Witmer launched into ‘Leaving Philadelphia (Arriving in Seattle)’, a sweet/sad reminiscence of lost community from his most recent album, Philadelphia Songs. Alone on stage, his picking sharp without being aggressive, he allowed every note to ring and do its work. Little pockets of silence hid between the phrases, every bit as important as the notes themselves. By the time he had sounded the final chord, he had drawn everyone into the bar. An unpretentious, compelling style characterized Witmer and his music. He wasn’t in your face. He didn’t try to rock your world. He just gave 40 minutes of soulful, sincere music that touched everyone who heard it, and it showed. Witmer’s lyrics, though always aware of the particular settings of his life (it’s not just a train, but a train from Leicester Square; not just Paris, but the place where they filmed Amelie), somehow see beyond the boundaries of his autobiography. They become relevant for everyone who is away from their loved ones and yearning to return, or has lost them forever. They mean something to everyone listening. Once, between songs, Witmer perked his ears up at a ghost of intruding music from the club next door. “I can rock way harder than those guys,” he said, then did a Jackson Brown cover (not rock). Perhaps he can; his rock band the River Bends releases an album in America this week. But he was more than good enough just the way he was.ARCHIVE: 3rd week TT 2004last_img read more