The HSE has published its plan for tackling the overcrowding crisis in hospitals around the country this winter.HSE National Director of Acute Operations Liam Woods said the measures announced would have an impact.The Winter Plan is supported by €26 million in extra funding that was previously announced. Extra beds, greater access to Fair Deal nursing home places, home care, transitional care and aids and appliances are provided for.The plan will seek to ensure timely hospital discharge and reduce congestion in emergency departments over the winter period, which usually runs up to the end of March.It provides for extra medical, nursing, therapies support, pharmacy and laboratory staff, to improve patient experience time.Mr Woods said that no extra acute beds are being opened specifically as part of the plan and extra staff are not being appointed as part of the acute capacity element of the plan. The Full Capacity Protocol has been implemented at Letterkenny University Hospital several times in recent weeks with the Hospital management saying they had “admitted a significant number of ill patients, many of whom remain in the ED, awaiting a bed”.Donegal TD Pearse Doherty said there is a recruitment ban in the HSE, which is “crushing” the health service and resulting in the closure of hospital beds.Speaking during Leaders’ Questions in the Dáil, Mr Doherty said that, in August, 1,300 nursing and midwifery posts were vacant and unfilled.HSE plan to deal with hospital overcrowding this winter published was last modified: November 14th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
B-Energy, a bio-fuel start-up, is changing rural Ethiopia by producing and providing people with bags that can carry and store biogas. It is also getting locals to start their own businesses by producing and providing biogas to their communities. B-Energy’s biogas backpacks are providing a clean source of energy for rural Ethiopians and creating work for those who produce the gas and distribute them.(Images: Katrin Puetz) Shamin ChibbaA small green revolution is taking place in Ethiopia and it comes in the form of a large gas-filled backpack.B-Energy, a social business with a footprint in rural Africa, Asia and Latin America, is providing Ethiopians with backpacks to produce biogas for cooking. Locals who have bought into the concept have turned it into small businesses whereby they produce and sell bags filled with biogas to people within their communities.Created by German entrepreneur Katrin Puetz, the 1.2 cubic metre bags provide a clean and cheap alternative to cooking on smoky and polluting wood fires.Ethiopian women carry heavy piles of wood on their backs to use for cooking, but B-Energy remedies that problem by providing lightweight balloon backpacks to allow people to make their own biogas. The gas in the bags can last up to four hours.Gas is produced by adding food waste or animal dung to a compost bag which then produces methane gas that can be piped out.According to a BBC report, Addis Ababa University invited Puetz to move to Ethiopia for a year and helped her develop the technology. In April of last year Puetz launched B-Energy in the east African nation.B-Energy describes itself as growing team of dedicated social entrepreneurs who understand the energy problem of the people in their countries.In the videos below, Puetz explains the concept behind B-Energy and biogas.