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

The Goods: Best New Trail Tested Bike Gear

first_imgOf all outdoors sports, bikes get my “coolest machine to look at” award.I keep my downhill bike next to my desk chair — as a motivation refresher for whenever I’m getting bogged down. Glancing at the linkages, brakes, and drivetrain puts me in a better mood every time.Here, Blue Ridge Outdoors takes a look at the best new trail-tested mountain bike gear for Spring 2014.Giant Trance 27.5gear4Walking out of Sycamore Cycles in Brevard, N.C., I couldn’t suppress my shit-eating grin. Clicking along next to me was a brand new Giant Trance 27.5 demo—a “freshie” as I’ve always called new toys. This would be my first time on a 27.5-inch wheeled bike, the trend that is currently sweeping the cycling industry.Racing daylight, I put my gear on at the base of the Black Mountain Trail and hit it. The Trance’s setup seemed like a perfect trail bike for my gravity background: 140 mm of travel front and rear, short stem, slack head tube angle, and front and rear quick-release through-axles. My eyes told me it would be confidence-inspiring for the technical stuff, but underneath me the bike demonstrated that it was also capable of climbing like a demon. The Fox TALAS fork allows the option of lowering the front end for uphill efficiency. This, when combined with “climb” mode to tighten up both suspensions, seemed to compensate nicely for my weak quads. I love it when nice gear makes me feel like a better rider than I am!It was a perfect Pisgah testing day—gloomy and cold, with a trail extending before me that had recently been soaked with rain, then snow, and then freeze-thaw. My first experience with 27.5-inch wheels felt good. The bike pulled through muddy patches, soft sand, and technical uphill roots, and kept asking for more.After 50 minutes of climbing, I gripped the bars in anticipation of ripping the downhill ahead. A quick flip of the settings from “climb” to “descend,” and I dropped into the twilight. The Trance reacted well as I pumped the suspension, weighting and unweighting the bike. Roots, rocks, waterbars… the trail is steep and demanding, and the fallen leaves seem to drift like snow. Dropping my front wheel into those mystery piles at speed was unnerving, but the bike sliced through and handled unexpected hits well. The bigger wheels gave me the impression of having a longer foundation underneath me, and that extra circumference extended far in front, assuring me that I wouldn’t go over the bars on steep sections.As I hooked off the gnar and onto a more open section of singletrack, the bike hunkered down and accelerated. It felt stable at high speed and seemed to like big, fast hits. Pumping and hopping off of rollers and from side to side, it felt lively, but didn’t pop like my 26er. The Trance likes to stay connected: low and fast. There’s a reason why Giant Factory Team riders have been crushing it on the enduro circuit.Roughly 2.3 miles, 1,300 vertical feet, and just over 10 minutes later, I was back at my truck with endorphins dripping out of my ears and my forearms on fire. It might be time to smash the piggybank. $3600.Cane Creek Double Barrel Coil  gear2I’ve had a Double Barrel on my downhill bike for a bit over a year, and my experience can be described in two words: smooth and quiet. I like to ride fast, I like hitting downhill jumps, and sometimes I ride above my ability level (which isn’t very hard to do). This shock has saved my ass many, many times. I noticed an immediate improvement in arm pump when descending long, rough sections of trail. It’s counterintuitive that a rear shock would have that much impact on your bars/hands, but that’s exactly what happened. This shock is endlessly adjustable, and it’s made here in North Carolina. $650Smith PivLock Overdrive  gear3In this recent addition, Smith targets versatility. The idea is to carry multiple lenses for your shades (it comes with three sets), and keep performance as high as possible by easily switching lenses to light conditions. This is particularly important on a bike, where we must be acutely aware of every rock and root that passes through our vision, while also protecting eyes from branches, dirt, and bugs. The lenses allow good peripheral vision for looking up when in the saddle, and the frame feels strong and flexible. The temple arms hug the side of my head and fit easily underneath both my XC and full-face helmet.  They’re a perfect substitute for goggles on those hot days on the DH bike. $199last_img read more