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first_imgEmail University Hospital LimerickMinimum standards of medication safety were not adhered to at University Hospital Limerick (UHL) when the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) inspected two wards – one of them a children’s unit – at the hospital last year.During the course of 34 countrywide inspections, HIQA identified specific high risks in six hospitals, UHL being one, according to an official report just published.In an announced inspection of the Rainbow Childrens Ward and ward 3b in the neurological and stroke unit, HIQA inspectors found that mistakes and “near misses” were under-reported.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The inspection team took issue with governance of medication safety, which was described as “fragmented in approach and underdeveloped,” resulting in a “relative lack of effective systems in place to ensure minimum standards of safety and quality are met relating to medication safety”. Outlining the reason for such inspections of hospitals, HIQA states: “While most medication errors do not result in patient harm, medication errors have, in some instances, the potential to result in catastrophic harm or death in patients”. The report stated that a “strategic, planned approach to managing medication safety outlining clear objectives, goals or plans was not in place at the hospital at the time of the inspection. “It was of concern that a tertiary hospital providing complex clinical care did not have a sufficiently defined medication safety programme in place. Moreover, it was not apparent that medication safety was adequately supported at executive management level at the hospital”. In response, hospital management provided HIQA with a quality improvement plan to address the risks identified.But the report states that “there are no timelines associated with the completion of this quality improvement plan,” and said that this needed to be addressed “as a matter of priority”.  “HIQA also notes that the hospital had endeavoured to strengthen governance arrangements in recent months,” and the report added that a follow-up inspection would be needed.“However, the hospital demonstrated awareness of many of the inherent weaknesses in the existing medication safety systems and had recently acted to address some of the deficiencies identified.“By way of example, inspectors were informed by senior managers that recruitment for a new medication safety co-ordinator post was in progress. Practices to enhance medication safety in the Paediatric Unit were identified during the inspection”. More about health here. 64 patients waiting for beds in UHL NewsHealthPoor medication safety standards at UHL children’s unitBy Bernie English – February 16, 2018 1582 Print TAGSHealth Information and Quality AuthorityRainbow Childrens Wardsafetyuniversity hospital limerick WhatsApp University Hospital Limerick Christmas Gift appeal for children in Direct Provision Facebook Management at most overcrowded and most COVID-hit hospital apologise to patients ‘waiting over 100 hours’ for a bed center_img Previous articleConway signs deal to remain at Munster until 2020Next articleBarrett calls for ambition ahead of season opener in Sligo 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. 53 patients waiting for beds at UHL Advertisement Linkedin Updated statement on service disruptions UL Hospitals Group Numbers of Limerick hospital group staff sidelined by COVID-19 reduces by 162 in past 7 days Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. In on the act: Tupe legislationOn 9 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Our continuing series of quickguides to major employment legislation, which puts key information at yourfingertips and brings you up to date with the latest developments. This weekSarah Lamont, partner at Bevan Ashford, Bristol, looks at the notorious Tupelegislation and the areas within it which are still causing headaches foremployers and lawyers alike. As she explains, the Government’s proposedamendments to Tupe could help address some of the ongoing issuesOneof the most notorious pieces of employment legislation has to be the Transferof Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 1981 or”Tupe”, as it is known. Tupe was enacted in the UK, with markedreluctance by the Government at the time, to implement the Acquired Rightsdirective, the European legislation on which it is based. Perhaps it is becausethe regulations were introduced at the eleventh hour that it has caused –  and still causes – so much difficulty ininterpretation, or perhaps it is because their application in practice is somuch wider than originally envisaged.  Whatever the reason,there are still a number of areas within Tupe which cause employers and lawyersheadaches. So it has been with interest that the Government’s proposedamendments to the regulations have been awaited and, at last, the Governmenthas issued its consultation paper. This article looks how the proposals mayhelp to address some of the issues within Tupe.  Scope of theregulationsThis is the mostextensively debated and litigated aspect of Tupe. To combat this the Governmentproposes to adopt a definition of a transfer of an undertaking which is, forthe first time, set out in the Acquired Rights directive, which was amended in1998. But also, recognising that this may not be a complete answer, it proposesmeasures in the context of transfers within public administration and wherethere is a change in the service provider in “contracting out” or”outsourcing”.  In the former case theCabinet Office Statement of Practice “Staff Transfers in the PublicSector” (January 2000) will be applied (which in effect encourages partiesto act in accordance with Tupe even where it is not clear it would apply as amatter of law). In the latter case, the Government wishes to consult on whetherand how the regulations should be amended to ensure that changes in serviceprovision are covered.  Occupational pensionsCurrently, even whenTupe applies, an employee is not entitled to the transfer of any pre-existingright to continue active membership of an occupational pension scheme. For public-sectorstaff transferring to the private sector, the Government has for some timetaken the view that such employees should continue to have pension provisionmade for them. Central guidance togovernment departments and local authorities states that the transfereeemployer is generally required to offer transferred employees an occupationalpension scheme which is “broadly comparable” to that afforded by thepublic-sector transferor.  Obviously,however, this has not affected transfers of employees in the private sector.  The Governmentsuggested two approaches: either preserving the current public-sector policy orby amending Tupe to provide some protection for occupational pension rights forboth public- and private-sector staff. The aim is to “strike a balancebetween protecting transferred employees and minimising extra burdens onprivate-sector employers” and it has outlined options for providing alevel of protection through Tupe which are set out in a background paper whichaccompanies the consultation paper. Transfer-connecteddismissalsThere has been someconfusion as to the inter-relationship between regulation 8(1), which makes adismissal automatically unfair where it is connected with a transfer, andregulation 8(2) which provides an exception from this general rule where thereis an “economic, technical or organisational reason entailing changes inthe workforce” (ETO), for the dismissal. Where there is an ETO, the dismissalcan be fair, if the employer has acted reasonably.Some cases suggestedthat regulation 8(1) and regulation 8(2) are mutually exclusive, so that iftransfer is the reason or principal reason for the dismissal, it is notpossible to look then to see whether regulation 8(2) also applied – ie, whetherthere was an ETO justifying the dismissal. The proposal is to clarify thatthese regulations are not mutually exclusive; ETO reasons are a subset ofreasons for a dismissal connected with the transfer. Changes to contractsAnother live issue hasbeen the extent to which changes can be made to the terms and conditions ofemployees affected by a transfer, even where the employee agrees to thechanges.  Again, case law has suggestedthat any such changes are invalid and therefore not binding on the employee whohas purported to agree them. This has caused uncertainty for transferee staffin particular. The Governmentproposes to make it clear that Tupe does not preclude transfer-related changesto terms and conditions where the reason for making the changes is an”economic, technical or organisational reason entailing changes in theworkforce”. But while this comfort is to be welcomed, it may not prove tobe a cure for all ills in the context of changing terms and conditions becauseof the requirement that an ETO must “entail changes to theworkforce”. Case law on ETOs has shown that this will not coverharmonisation of terms and conditions, for example.Toview the proposals, go to: www.dti.gov.uk/er/tupe/consult.htmlast_img read more

first_imgThe best way to advertise is to compare product features. Users are therefore not loyal to one particular presenter. More than 80% of users stated that they prefer to watch several different presenters and that they will follow the platform rather than one person. One of the main trends emerging in the Newrank report is the growing amounts of large WeChat KOL campaigns (key opinion leaders). Thus, between 2017 and 2018, the amount spent on WeChat KOL campaigns greater than 100.000 RMB jumped from 40% to 58% of the total investment in KOL. Online advertising has also undergone significant changes in recent years. Now, brands are much more likely to invest money in advertising on WeChat Moment or Douyin than on the Baid search engine. This trend is reflected in the increase in income from social networks. When it comes to the companies that invest the most in influencers, the leading ones are large internet companies and FMCG brands (consumer goods). This is mainly because these groups of companies have large budgets for promotion and invest in large campaigns. The Newrank report highlights some of the most significant trends. Influencer marketing is becoming increasingly important with an emphasis on video content and live broadcasts. Search engine advertising is expected to decline from 31% to 15% of total online advertising between 2013 and 2020. Influencer campaigns can be incredibly effective. As many as 48% of customers after the KOL campaign buy the product directly from the link provided by the influencer. The other half will decide to compare product prices at different online stores before buying. This trend reflects the fact that larger influencers tend to have a better return on investment by brands. Top KOLs are most likely overvalued, the report points out, but at least brands now have an average real return on investment in influencers. When it comes to the promotion itself, videos have twice the chance of conversion than articles. With the rise of live streaming and short video platforms, brands have the ability to diversify the format of their content. In fact, cosmetics and clothing are the categories of products that sell best with KOL recommendations. Cosmetics and fashion companies are usually smaller in scope than FMCG companies, but have a higher return than KOL campaigns. WeChat official accounts are still the main channels through which users want to hear from brands. Brands are more likely to invest in online ads because the Chinese population generally accepts them. As many as 58,4% of Chinese internet users have a positive attitude about online ads. The last category of content covered by the Newranka report is live streaming. The main reason users follow WeChat has to do with the content itself. Either it is published too often or it is not of sufficient quality. One of the main findings from the Newrank report is the extreme concentration of reviews on a smaller number of accounts and articles. In general, users from smaller cities are more likely to watch the broadcast live. Also, they are more likely to make a purchase after the transfer. The report also highlights the differences between China and the Western world, with a visible decline in interest in search engine advertising. This means that almost half of consumers are willing to buy a product based on reading just one article, with no research or comparable price on other channels. That is why KOL marketing is the most effective way to promote a new brand. Newrank, one of the largest social data analysis companies in China, recently released a report on social media. ATTACHMENT: Full report China Social Media Content Report 2019 Source / photo: WalktheChat Home photography: www.scmp.comlast_img read more

first_img Twitter With Brazil striker Neymar being struck down with mumps over the weekend, it had been thought Pedro would line up alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez up front in Barca’s starting line-up on Tuesday. However, coach Luis Enrique opted to leave the 28-year-old on the bench and start with Rafinha, and it was not until extra-time that Pedro was sent on. Pedro made a match-winning impact, though, scoring the deciding goal moments from the end as Barca claimed a dramatic win. Pedro said: “The truth is I had a good chance to play, especially since of what happened to Neymar, and it wasn’t to be. The coach has decided not to count on me. I don’t know, I don’t know if I will continue here. “I’m here now and I want to enjoy this title. “Manchester? Yes, there are nice challenges on all sides. Today I’m here, and I’m happy. And if I go I will go with my head held high having always given everything. These fans and this club are incredible.” Barca star Lionel Messi admits he is in the dark about his team-mate’s future, but says he will support whatever decision the forward makes. The Argentina playmaker said on www.uefa.com: “I’m thrilled that Pedro was the one to get the winning goal. Personally I don’t know what his decision will be but we’re all with him and we’ll back him. “We want the best for him given what he’s given the club – he deserves the best. I don’t know what he’ll decide but whatever he’ll have our support.” Barca boss Enrique, whose side have now won four trophies this year and remain on course to emulate the record-breaking feat of Pep Guardiola’s side in 2009 when they won all six titles available to them, was giving nothing away with regards Pedro’s future but explained his decision not to start the World Cup winner against Sevilla. He said: “A few days ago Pedro retired from training with an adductor muscle problem and you know about his current status, so I picked the man (Rafinha) I thought would be best in the circumstances and I would do the same again. “I understand why you’re interested in this matter but I’m not going to say any more about it.” Close Barcelona’s Pedro Rodriguez applauds the supporters after winning the UEFA Super Cup soccer match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena stadium, in Tbilisi, Georgia, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. Barcelona won 5-4 Barcelona's Pedro Rodriguez applauds the supporters after winning the UEFA Super Cup soccer match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena stadium, in Tbilisi, Georgia, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. Barcelona won 5-4 slide 1 of 1 Sevilla’s Mariano marshals Pedro of Barcelona Barcelona’s Pedro Rodriguez applauds the supporters after winning the UEFA Super Cup soccer match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena stadium, in Tbilisi, Georgia, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. Barcelona won 5-4 Sevilla's Mariano marshals Pedro of Barcelona 1/1 Getty Images Pedro climbed off the bench to score the match-winning goal on Tuesday night as Barcelona saw off Primera Division rivals Sevilla 5-4 after extra-time in a thrilling Super Cup clash in Tbilisi. That came after Barca technical secretary Robert Fernandez was quoted as saying before the match that Pedro had told him he wanted to move on from the Nou Camp club. Whatsapp Close Facebook Barcelona’s Pedro Rodriguez applauds the supporters after winning the UEFA Super Cup soccer match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena stadium, in Tbilisi, Georgia, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. Barcelona won 5-4 Sevilla’s Mariano marshals Pedro of Barcelona AP Whatsapp Twitter slide 1 of 1 Sevilla's Mariano marshals Pedro of Barcelona Manchester United target Pedro admits he does not know if the UEFA Super Cup will end up being his last match for Barcelona – but has denied saying he wants to leave the Catalan giants. Getty Images 1/1 Facebook Email Sevilla’s Mariano marshals Pedro of Barcelona AP The Spain winger has been heavily linked with a move to United as they look to replace Angel di Maria, who joined Paris St Germain for £44.3million last week. However, speaking afterwards, Pedro denied saying he wanted out and, while insisting he is happy at Barca, admits he does not know what the future holds for him. Asked if he wanted to go or not, the long-serving forward was quoted as saying by AS: “The answer is no. But it’s complicated for many things. “It’s not for money, as has been said – which is another lack of respect. It’s a question of continuity, of minutes. I’m an ambitious player. S tay or go, I will always be of this team. “I don’t know if it will be my last game for Barcelona. I only want to enjoy this title.” Regarding Fernandez’s claims, Pedro said: “There are many pros and cons about my situation. The comments of Robert Fernandez are unfair. He’s made some very unfortunate declarations. I’ve crossed two words with him and he doesn’t know what I’ve been through at the club to talk like that of me. “I know who I am and I will always be of Barca. Such people shouldn’t speak in this way.” Pedro added on Antena 3: ” I’ve not said what Robert’s said, or at least not how I said it. I’m calm, happy and I will always continue giving everything if I continue at this club.” Barcelona's Pedro Rodriguez applauds the supporters after winning the UEFA Super Cup soccer match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena stadium, in Tbilisi, Georgia, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. 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