“Very angry”: Cancer campaigner Vicky Phelan implores health minister to reconsider…

first_imgLimerickNews“Very angry”: Cancer campaigner Vicky Phelan implores health minister to reconsider launch date of CervicalCheck TribunalBy David Raleigh – October 22, 2020 214 Linkedin WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Posting a series of messages on Twitter, Ms Phelan said she was “very angry” at how the proposed tribunal of inquiry was being handled before it had even started.Yesterday Minister Stephen Donnelly brought a memo to Cabinet proposing to open the tribunal next Tuesday, which is to investigate negligence in the State’s cancer screening programme.However, Ms Phelan, a member of the 221plus campaign group, which formed following the cancer smear test scandal, claimed the women affected by the scandal and their families “who this Tribunal is aimed at, were not afforded an opportunity to respond to the Minister’s decision to formally establish the Tribunal BEFORE it was announced”.“As we have become used to, those most affected are often the last to know,” Ms Phelan tweeted.“We met the Minister and officials from (Department of Health) on a Zoom meeting just 6 weeks ago. We set out several aspects of the proposed Tribunal that were causing us, and our members, serious concern, the Minister’s response yesterday is a flat rejection of ALL of our concerns,” she said.“We asked for a non-adversarial route to be found for the Tribunal, one NOT obliging women to fight the labs given recent rulings. The (High Court) in the (Patricia) Carrick case reaffirmed the view taken by the (Supreme Court) in (Ruth) Morrissey, that it was NOT necessary for women to sue the labs…”“Women could instead rely on the non-delegable duty owed to them by the HSE, who were found primarily responsible for the cervical screening programme in the Morrissey case. The HSE could then rely on their contractual and legal indemnities against the lab.”“BUT The Minister rejected these arguments and set out in his letter how the laboratories MUST be involved in proceedings if taken before the Tribunal. This will NOT be acceptable to many of our members,” Ms Phelan said.The Limerick mother who was given a terminal diagnosis after she was given a false negative smear test result, added: “We asked that applicants to the Tribunal who receive an award be allowed to return to the Tribunal should they suffer a recurrence of their cancer, in the same way that the State allowed applicants before the Hep-C Tribunal to return where their health deteriorates.”“Such a right to return to the Tribunal would be an advantage over the High Court procedures where, of course, no such right exists. The Minister’s letter did not even address this hugely important issue,” she said.“Another issue that the Minister did not address is that of the Statute of Limitations. We explained to the Minister that some of our members have received legal advice that they may now be statute-barred because they relied on the Government’s promise of a ‘non-adversarial’ Tribunal and did not issue (High Court) proceedings.““These members may now, through no fault of their own, be statute-barred because of delays by Government of more than two years in establishing this Tribunal. The Minister did not address this issue,” she added.“We had been given to believe that it was the needs of the women and families affected by the CervicalCheck debacle and NOT those of the @HSELive and the labs that were to come first in the Government’s response to the terrible wrongs visited upon our members.”Ms Phelan further argued that “on the basis of all of the above, we would ask the Minister to reconsider any move to launch the CervicalCheck Tribunal next week”.“Instead, we would plead with him to redouble efforts to sit down again with members of the @221plus, to identify an alternative solution of redress which is what our members have asked for, and what they deserve.” Facebook Previous articleShop LOCAL | Shop LIMERICKNext articleWhat Do Level 5 Restrictions Mean For Football? David Raleigh Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live LIMERICK CervicalCheck campaigner Vicky Phelan has accused the Minister for Health of ignoring her and her fellow cancer campaigners concerns over the proposed CervicalCheck Tribunal, which is due to start October 27th. “Otherwise, we will be recommending that @221plus members NOT participate in this Tribunal should it go ahead in its current format next week.“ Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Twitter WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Vicky PhelanPhoto: Oisin McHugh True Media Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Email Advertisementlast_img read more

Making a Tilly Mint

first_imgIf you’re after a case study of how to start up a successful cake business from nothing, then look no further than Truro-based Tilly Mint Bakery. Maxine Nelson started the business in 2009 with just £126 in her pocket and, within one year, the bakery was turning over £147,000, with no grants, loans or family help.It has been a rapid ascent for Nelson, the artistic director behind the bakery’s whimsical cupcakes and fantastical confectionery. Having left her life behind in France 18 months ago, boarding a flight back to Stansted airport with just her hand luggage and no idea of what she would do, Nelson had to think fast about her future.Up until 2003, she had been running a number of businesses in the UK, including a café and chocolate shop in Brighton, beauty salons, sunbed shops, as well as working as a consultant to the cosmetic ingredients industry. A family decision saw her up sticks and move to France for a slower-paced rural life. But in 2004 she was diagnosed with cancer and underwent major surgery, developing brittle bones as a side-effect of her treatment. However, she refused to let things stop her and, once on the mend, she began to run a small café.After going through such a tumultuous time, Nelson began to take stock and started to re-evaluate what she wanted out of life. In 2007, she sold the café and the house was put on the market. Four days before completion the buyers pulled out.She said: “This sent me into a downward spiral. Even though I had kept on doing consultancy work for cosmetic ingredients, having no business and no house sale made me pretty depressed. On the spur of the moment in 2009, I booked a flight back to the UK.”It really was a single-minded decision, but I knew my husband and I wanted different things and my teenage daughter was happy to follow me at a later date, so I just needed to start doing something for myself.”Belgian inspirationAfter making her mind up in Stansted Airport to “give Cornwall a go”, she moved there with the intention of baking cupcakes. “I had started my career as a nurse, but soon moved over to the cosmetic ingredients industry, which involved lots of travel, including many trips to Belgium, where I fell in love with the patisserie and chocolate designs I saw, and where I took chocolate and patisserie courses,” she explained. “I was fascinated by the intricate and innovative creations I had seen. Sitting in that airport lounge with no plan really made me home in on what I could do and where I could go, and quickly.”By staying with a friend, Nelson managed to save up enough money to make cupcakes for Falmouth Week in 2009, and the Cornwall Pride event in Truro, where 500 quirky cupcakes were snapped up.This success enabled her to open a stall in Pannier Market in the city. “We used wallpaper tables covered in pretty paper as our display stands at first, but things happened very quickly and we moved into our current café space next to the bus station in March 2010,” she said.Nelson now has a separate bakery where she conjures up her cupcake creations, with the assistance of Mike Williams, 26, who literally got on his bike and cycled from the Midlands to work with her.She runs the café with the help of Clare Pope, 22, from Truro, and a small team of helpers. She said: “Clare has been a huge support, in the beginning only taking wages as and when I could pay her, and I could not imagine running the business without her.”The café, along with being a showcase for the cupcakes, also sells soups, sandwiches and crêpes, but Nelson, not being one to sit still, is now looking to wholesale for the bakery trade too, while taking the cupcakes to a new level.She has since worked with a number of business support organisations in the county, such as Partner to Succeed and Cornwall Enterprising Women (CEW), taking part in CEW’s Growth Programme, delivered in partnership with Truro and Penwith College, which aims to develop ambitious female entrepreneurs’ companies.She said: “Life is sweet and I intend for it to get sweeter still.”l Visit www.tillymintbakery.comlast_img read more

UK reports 6,178 new COVID-19 cases, highest figure since May 1

first_imgBritain reported 6,178 new daily cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, the highest number of infections since May 1, government data showed.Officials also said there had been 37 deaths of people within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test, the same number as on Tuesday which itself was the most recorded since July 14.The number of coronavirus cases has been soaring in Britain, prompting the government on Tuesday to announce a series of new restrictions in a bid to curb a second wave of the outbreak. The official statistics showed 409,729 people had tested positive for the virus with 41,862 deaths.  Topics :last_img

Bulldogs And Cardinals Middle School Golf Team Results At South Decatur

first_imgThe Batesville golf team had their first match of the season and came out victorious over South Decatur and St. Louis.The Bulldogs were led by Drew Wagner shooting a 47 for match medalist honors. The 6 man team was rounded out with Sam Bowman and Chase Cummings both scoring 55, Brett Wagner 58, Dean Campbell 61, and Sarah Ronnebaum 66. Other scores for the Bulldogs included Kyler Daulton 57, Austin Pohlman 62, and Clay Grunkemeyer and Maddie Hanley both with a 64.BMS golfers are looking forward to the Madison Invitational this Saturday.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Pam Moorman.The St Louis Middle School Golf Team started their season Tuesday evening at Wyaloosing Golf Course with Batesville and South Decatur schools. St. Louis came in second place with a team score of 378.Leading the was was Evan Voglesang with a 52 followed by Jacob Deutsch with a 59. As for the rest of the team: Aaron Weber had a 67, Zeb Streator a 64, Brandon Imel a 68, Abe Streator a 68, Thomas Raver a 62, Cayden Pohlman a 66, and Cody Mohr with a 71.The next match for the team is this Saturday at the Cozy Acres golf course.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Randy Streator.last_img read more