Print Email Facebook Twitter Advertisement Waiting lists could be slashed – consultantTHE MID-WEST’S only consultant orthodontist wants immediate action taken by the government to address public waiting lists for children needing braces.Dr Ted McNamara of St Camillus Hospital, points out that recommendations made eight years can free up four-year waiting lists at little cost-if introduced.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Private treatment, he said, costs up to £4,000 – “which is a huge amount of money for most”.He alleged that there is a lot of obscene dental politics involved.“Politicians are afraid to take action on 2002 and 2005 reports from the Joint Oireachtais Committees on Health and Children, that made very good recommendations.“They found that certain practices are artificially blocking the system and creating longer waiting lists -these politicians need to have the courage to implement the changes recommended”. Dr McNamara has written to Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly, and asked him to implement the recommendations.Biteback, a group of concerned parents who are working together for children in need of braces, also want the government to act.At the first public meeting on the issue last year, 300 parents with children on the HSE orthodontic waiting list turned up. Biteback secretary, Ursula Cosgrove, explained the situation to the Limerick Post:“We are frustrated with the long delays and want to hear from parents in the same situation. My child was on the list for orthodontic treatment for eight years”.The parent-run group is developing a website which will include an online petition.“We want our children taken off the waiting list and we need to get our current Minister for Health to act”.The issue, she added, is affecting hundreds of parents. “At present, they are visiting local health centres and being told the waiting list is three to four years, and that they are better off going private. A lot of parents aren’t even going on the waiting list, so if we have 1,100 and 1,200 children in the Mid West, that’s not a true reflection.“There are thousands of children in need of treatment”She said that internationally, 30% of children needed orthodontic treatment, which means that the correct figure for the Mid West could be around 6,000.“We would encourage parents to put their children on the waiting list to make it more accurate”.Biteback meet at Watchhouse Cross library on the first Thursday of every month.Anyone seeking more information can contact Biteback via email at [email protected] Linkedin WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsParents bite back on orthodontic issuesBy admin – May 19, 2011 769 Previous articleMoney scams rampant in LimerickNext articleNews briefs admin
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Workers at Solway Foods’ Corby site are being ballot for industrial action, which could see a ban on overtime.The manufacturer, part of 2 Sisters Food Group, produces sandwiches, sandwich fillings, salads and bread products, and supplies customers including Tesco and Costa Coffee.One worker at the site told British Baker that his pay had been cut by £40 a week since last year, but that management and senior staff had recently been awarded a 2% pay rise.He added that the company had recently landed a £3m deal with Sainsbury’s and had been recruiting hundreds of additional staff.A spokesperson for 2 Sisters, said: “We are aware that a ballot has been called with regards to the site collective agreement, which may result in an overtime ban. While we are disappointed that the ballot has been called, our discussions with union and employee representatives will continue.“2 Sisters Food Group operates in a highly competitive environment and, as a major supplier to all of the UK’s leading retailers, we continually need to ensure we deliver the highest quality at the lowest cost, particularly with trading conditions remaining challenging at this time and with high food inflation, due to higher commodity costs for the ingredients we buy to make our products.”The spokesperson added that supply to its customers would not be affected as a result of any ban.It is thought around 600 workers are being balloted.
Tesco bakery chief Gordon Gafa will head a star line-up of speakers at this year’s British Society of Baking (BSB) conference in October.The conference, which will be held at the Woodland Grange hotel, near Leamington Spa, Warwickshire on 11-12 October, will also include presentations from a number of other leading bakery delegates.Gafa, who is category director for bakery, commodities and wholesale operations at Tesco, will discuss the retailer’s bakery strategy and what the retail giant looks for from suppliers, new product development and more. Genius Foods chief executive Roz Cuschieri will discuss the growth of the gluten-free brand and how smart marketing has turned it into a household name.Former chief executive of Allied Bakeries and business consultant David Garman will give a unique insight into achieving potential in the baking industry, while Julius Deane, wheat director at Carrs Flour Mills will present a seminar on who supply and demand in the global wheat market are affecting flour prices and quality in the UK. He will also look at the implication of Brexit for the British flour market.The new Trailblazers apprenticeship scheme will be the topic discussed by Justine Fosh, chief executive of the National Skills Academy. Meanwhile, Daniel Carr, responsible for PR at Warings Bakery and president of the London and South Eastern Region Craft Bakers Association will share his experience on how to use social media to promote a bakery business and products to increase sales.Finally, Matthew Verity, chilled and bakery business unit director for research firm Kantar Worldpanel, will outline the latest developments in bakery product marketing.Incoming BSB chairman Paul Turner said: “The BSB committee’s aim this year is to present key insider perspectives that will help attendees adapt, survive and prosper in today’s tough and sometimes volatile trading environment.”Prices and attendee packages for both BSB members, non-members and students will be announced shortly. Booking will be available from 1 August on the BSB website.In January Zeelandia national sales manager Richard Hazeldine became a member of the BSB executive committee.
Statewide—Attorney General Curtis Hill announced today that Indiana has joined a multistate investigation into Facebook over possible antitrust violations.Anticompetitive behavior may hurt consumers, Attorney General Hill noted, by leaving them with fewer choices and higher prices. A social media company, for example, might be able to charge higher prices for advertising if it successfully thwarts competitors from gaining a foothold in the marketplace.“To protect consumers and the free market, we must promote conditions under which all entities may compete on a level playing field in accordance with the rule of law,” Attorney General Hill said.The multistate investigation is also looking into whether Facebook has compromised consumers’ personal data and privacy.