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

Gordon Polson, director, Federation of Bakers

first_imgThe move in Brussels to abolish national legislation on prescribed quantities for pre-packed products, such as bread, was a hot topic for bakers in 2006, and will continue to be so this year.Prescribed quantities for bread have a long history in the UK, stretching back well beyond current legislation. They have played a well-recognised role for many years, protecting against misleading or confusing sizes particularly for the elderly and, for example, the visually impaired.At present, loaves of bread weighing above 300g must be sold in prescribed weights of 400g, 800g or 1,200g to help consumers compare like with like. Under a proposed European directive, such controls would only apply to wines, spirits, coffee, milk, butter, dried pasta and white sugar.The Federation of Bakers (FoB) believes deregulation would open the door to potential mis-selling and consumer confusion, where a loaf may look the same size but actually weighs less than a traditional loaf.In February 2006, the FoB won a major victory when we managed to get an amendment tabled to the directive which would allow member states in certain product categories to retain national weight legislation. But there is still much work to be done. The European Council is currently passing its consultation on prescribed quantities to the European Parliament, which is set to vote on the issue in March. So watch this space.last_img read more

Working it out

first_imgGarrett Sharp ’24 can’t wait to play football for Harvard, but these days the first-year is just happy to be able to get to know and work out with teammates.“All the guys bring great energy to every workout that contributes to an environment in which we can get better,” said the defensive back, who was among the student-athletes on campus to begin team workouts in late October. The teams, including lacrosse, soccer, water polo, and tennis, focused on strength and conditioning.,Sharp, who is from Carmel, Ind., said COVID rules, such as mandatory masks and social distancing, don’t hinder the exercise regimens.“The workouts are great every single day. While it is not normal times, I do not really notice the regulations anymore as they have just become the norm,” he said. “The team has adapted to the constraints and still finds a way to improve. Everyone still actively gets better.”Throughout Sundays in November, the network NESN will showcase classic Crimson games from the past four years. At 5 p.m. Nov. 8, it’s women’s basketball, Crimson vs. Princeton, Feb. 24, 2018. For a complete listing, visit the website.— Jill Radskenlast_img read more

​MP Pension to divest DKK400m of assets after excluding 14 countries

first_imgIran (new) Rwanda (new) North Korea South Sudan Equatorial Guinea Congo (new) Burundi (new) Bahrain (new) Guinea-Bissau Ethiopia (new) Syria Eritrea Yemen Haiti Thailand (new) Democratic Republic of the Congo  Swaziland (new) Somalia Turkmenistan Central African Republic Saudi Arabia (new) Papua New Guinea (new) Tajikistan (new) Comoros (new) Around DKK400m (€53.6m) of investments would be reinvested over the next two years as a result of the change, MP Pension said.“It really is no easy task, but we will try to do it in the best possible way by being very methodical and basing our decisions on a broad information base,” Schelde said.The pension fund said it had screened countries quarterly for many years in relation their approach to the environment, human rights, good governance and corruption, but now it was toughening its stance.The decision also meant companies controlled by the blacklisted countries were included in the investment.Schelde said the pension fund placed a lot of importance on trends, and would “support a country that is going in a positive direction, but on the other hand we will withdraw more quickly if the level is low and the trend points downwards”.Schelde told IPE back in March about the relatively high level of resources the pension fund dedicates to ESG.Since then, MP Pension’s chief executive has spoken out several times regarding Danske Bank’s response to its money-laundering scandal. Sudan Afghanistan MP’s banned country list Libya Denmark’s MP Pension has cut Saudia Arabia and 13 other countries from its investment universe on the grounds of systematic human rights violations.As a result, the Danish labour-market fund for academics has blacklisted a total of 30 countries.Anders Schelde, MP Pension’s CIO, said: “With this step, we are getting the most consistent criteria for responsibility in the financial sector, when it comes to investment in government bonds.“This is an area we have been working on for a long time, but now the time has come to redouble our efforts to promote respect for human rights.” Mozambique (new) Chad Benin (new)last_img read more

Baker Hughes president and CEO takes chairman role

first_imgBaker Hughes, a GE company, has elected BHGE president and chief executive officer (CEO) Lorenzo Simonelli as the chairman of the BHGE board, effective October 2.BHGE said on Monday that Simonelli would continue in his president and CEO role, which he has held since the closing of the merger of Baker Hughes and GE’s Oil and Gas business on July 3, 2017.Simonelli replaces former GE chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt, who retired from the BHGE board of directors effective October 2.The newly elected chairman, Simonelli, said: “I am honored to take on the added role of chairman and further help BHGE win in the market and deliver for our shareholders.“We have a differentiated full stream portfolio, a great team, and valued customers. We are making the right moves to compete in the down cycle and position the company for long-term value creation. I look forward to serving the board, the company, and shareholders.”In addition to Immelt’s departure, BHGE board member Larry Nichols has also announced his decision to resign from the board.“Nichols served as a member of the legacy Baker Hughes Inc. board, and for the past 16 years provided valuker able counsel and board leadership,” the company said.With these two resignations, BHGE has reduced the size of its board to nine members and has named current GE-designee BHGE board member W. Geoffrey Beattie as the new lead director.GE owns approximately 62.5% of BHGE and retains five designated seats on the BHGE board.“BHGE is a valued and strategic energy business, and an important part of the GE portfolio,” GE chairman and CEO John Flannery said. “With Lorenzo’s new chairmanship, the strong GE representation and the experience of the legacy Baker Hughes Inc. board members, the board leadership is in good hands.”last_img read more