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Friday 31 March 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# GPs

All time
# Cuts
Doctors warn patients: Expect long waiting times to see your GP
Doctors say government cuts will lead to the ‘normalisation’ of long waiting times. “This move is not only mean-spirited, it is stupid,” said one GP.
# Medical Cards
20,000 people over 70 to lose medical cards under new legislation
However Minister of State Alex White said that medical card coverage of the over 70s population stands at 97 per cent.
# Your Say
Poll: Will you pay the Property Tax?
Revenue will begin collecting the charge from July.
# Public Health
HSE urges public to 'look after health' given hospital crowding
The combination of holiday ailments and the winter vomiting bug mean hospitals are busier than they might usually be.
# Not the News
Here is the week's news... skewed
Breaking via The Mire wire: Will Rory McIlroy attend The Gathering? And round 2 of Michael Noonan versus the IMF…
Some 500 GP referrals awaiting ultrasounds in Donegal
Patients are now being told they will have to wait an additional six weeks for the backlog to be cleared.
# Air Traffic Control
Tanzanian airport's only radar system out of order all month
Sources say the aviation authority was told about the radar’s defective power supply in 2010 but it took no action.
# potholes
App detects potholes on Boston streets
New app Street Bump allows drivers to automatically report the road hazards like pot holes to the authorities.
# Burger King
Burger King sacks three workers after online lettuce photo is exposed
A photo was posted to 4chan showing someone jumping in tubs of lettuce – with the outlet identified within minutes.
# Stimulus
35 towns to compete for 20 new primary care facilities
There’s money to build two bundles of 10 facilities – but 35 towns are in the running, so there’ll be a competition.
# Yes Please
Navigation company wants to send you to St Lucia... to map it
TomTom has launched the second of five phases in its topical island mapping project.
# Waiting Lists
HSE: 178,000 waiting to see a consultant at an outpatient clinic
The Health Minister has said the number of people on waiting lists to see specialists is “utterly unacceptable”.
# lego shuttle
Teenager sends Lego shuttle into space
Footage shows the tiny model crusted with icicles after rising high above the Earth.
# doctor fees
GPs urged to display price lists
The Irish Medical Organisation recommended last year that all its members should introduce price lists – but not all GPs are yet doing it.
# Overcrowding
Limerick Hospital so overcrowded that it is “unsafe”
Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation have called on the HSE to implement the major disaster plan to deal with the overcrowding.
# 2012
Yay! 12 things that will be cheaper in 2012
2012 will be a year for wine-drinking holidaymakers who love electronics, seemingly.
# Hospitals
Please don't send patients here, hospital department tells GPs
The dermatology department at a Limerick hospital has urged local GPs to refer patients elsewhere “in the interest of safety”.
# medical certs
Sick notes from doctors costing government €29million a year
Labour’s Kevin Humphreys has called for medical cert payments to be stopped after the €550,000-a-week bill emerged.
# Medical Cards
GPs welcome scrapping of restrictions on treating medical card holders
The health minister has confirmed that Cabinet has approved the drafting of legislation to do away with the barrier between some GPs and medical card patients.
# Not-so-Happy Feet
Happy Feet the Penguin is lost once more
Fears for Happy Feet are growing as the confused penguin’s GPS tracker is no longer working. We’re hoping he hasn’t been eaten.
# Patients
Protest at Tallaght hospital in solidarity with staff
Demonstrators say the facility is seriously under resourced. Meanwhile a protest about Roscommon County Hospital is planned for Leinster House for Wednesday.
# Rescue
Lost climbers rescued in Wicklow - thanks to their smartphones
The group were stranded by descending cloud and poor visibility, but mountain rescue teams used co-ordinates from the hikers’ GPS-enabled phones to pinpoint their location.
# Health
GPs warn of major problems in changes to prescribing psychiatric drugs
Up to 48 hour delays predicted for greater Dublin area patients under the new scheme, but the HSE says it’s already in place in the rest of the country.
# Health
One in ten chooses internet over GP
More and more people seeking to improve their medical knowledge by going online.