Fianna Fáil MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher has raised alarm over the fresh threat to maternity services in the West/North West region. Pat the Cope GallagherA confidential HSE report seen by Fianna Fáil threatens the closure of up to four obstetric units in the region – Sligo General, Letterkenny General, Portiuncula and Mayo General.MEP Gallagher said, “This report confirms that the HSE and Minister for Health James Reilly are strongly considering a dramatic reduction of maternity services right across the West and North West. “All the scenarios under consideration would result in the closure of at least some obstetrician-led units in this region.“This could include dramatically downgrading the maternity units at our regional hospitals to midwife-only units, or indeed closing some units altogether.Gallagher believes the result would be a centralisation of maternity services at just two hospitals across the West and North West.In a vast geographical area, the removal of any maternity units will have a severe impact on expectant mothers. Many would be expected to travel for hours for just a regular check-up with an obstetrician.While the value of midwives in antenatal and postnatal care cannot be overestimated, in the case of emergencies it is essential that all expectant mothers have quick and easy access to a consultant.Gallagher added, “This news is causing great distress among many parents across the region.“It’s essential that the Minister for Health James Reilly steps in immediately to clarify what his plans are in relation to the future of maternity services in this region.According to Gallagher, it looks like the Government is sitting on this report until after the local and European elections. Gallagher concluded, “It is simply not good enough to play politics with such a vital front-line health service that affects hundreds of thousands of people across this region.“We need clarity from the Government now. Any attempt to strip maternity services from our regional hospitals in the West and North West must be resisted.ELECTION 2014: COPE RAISES ALARM OVER THREAT TO LETTERKENNY MATERNITY SERVICES was last modified: May 14th, 2014 by StephenShare 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)Tags:Election 2014: MEPMaternity ServicesnewsNorth westPat The Cope GallagherPolitics
TAAI-Connect Launch in DelhiTravel Agents Association of India forms partnershipThe Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) unveils partnership with TPConnects to roll out its Digital Empowerment Initiative – TAAI-Connect to travel agencies in India – which also facilitates IATA NDC platform.Over 10,000 Indian IATA and Non-IATA travel agencies can benefit from the “TAAI-Connect”Srinagar J&K, India: Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), the main representative body of the travel and tourism industry and the Nodal association of India, has partnered with TPConnects to roll out its “Digital Travel India” initiative – digitally empowering travel agents to compete in the global market place.Through the TAAI initiative, India’s travel agencies will be provided with their own websites, mobile applications, corporate booking tool and B2B platform. This will all be powered by TPConnects’ robust and scalable NDC standard full backend and internet booking engine with payment gateway. TPConnects will also provide technical support. There will be no upfront charges, just a nominal per passenger transaction fee.TAAI connect in partnership with TPConnects IATA NDC standard B2B and B2C platform will help travel agencies and online travel agencies to service their customers better. The platform enables travel agencies to have access to rich content as well as ancillary options. Travellers will be able to have their preferences recognized when shopping via a travel agency’s or online travel site in the same way that they are available on an airline’s website – a service that may not be directly available to agents today owing to technology limitations.Sunil Kumar R, President – TAAI, said “Glad to announce “TAAI-Connect” an exclusive tie-up with TPConnects, an IATA NDC Dual Level 3 Certified IT Provider and Travel Aggregator. TPConnects is committed to supporting TAAI’s “Digital Travel India” initiative. It will ensure that all travel services are made available to customers electronically and accessible through individual travel agency websites and mobile applications, along with IATA NDC standard booking engine.Many travel agencies currently lack a proper website and mobile application. This partnership will enable them to be online and visible within the next two years, with tailor-made travel offers providing more choices to end-customers.The Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) share the vision of the Government of India to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. We believe that this initiative will empower travel agencies and help drive creativity and choice, resulting in a smooth transaction for the customer. It will create global opportunities for travel agencies and more inbound, outbound travellers. India’s travel agents will be fully equipped to compete on a global scale.”Rajendran Vellapalath, CEO of TPConnects said. “This partnership will create a wealth of new opportunities for India’s travel agents. To compete in today’s market travel agencies need to have access to the advantages that a digital operation provides. This initiative will create those opportunities for travel agencies, not just locally but on a global scale. We will see big changes in India’s travel industry over the next two years.”Travel Agencies who wish to have their own website and mobile application with booking engine are required to register through the TAAI Website or email [email protected] Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI)The TRAVEL AGENTS ASSOCIATION OF INDIA (TAAI), formed in 1951, is a professional coordinating body of different segments of the travel and tourism industry in India. TAAI is the Nodal Association of India and is a non-political, non-commercial and a non-profit making organization.TAAI’s primary objective is to look after the interests of its members. TAAI Members are bound by TAAI Code of Conduct and Constitution and enjoy networking opportunities with the TAAI Membership via various formal and informal forums.Source = TPConnects
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