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# Health Care

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# Health Service
Government still committed to Slaintecare, says Cabinet minister
The healthcare initiative has suffered several resignations in recent weeks.
Larry Donnnelly: The third Democratic debate was a ho-hum night in Houston
It was a debate with few shocks and, when the dust settled, the three frontrunnners had solidified their positions, writes Larry Donnelly.
# Industrial Action
10,000 Siptu workers to strike in hospitals for 24 hours later this month
Siptu said the strike was part of a dispute regarding “the failure to implement pay increases arising from an agreed job evaluation scheme”.
Giving birth in the 1960s: 'All the mothers were terrified of the doctors and matron so we never asked any questions'
‘Was I traumatised? I don’t know – back then you just had to get on with it,’ writes Ava Stapleton.
More than 7,000 health workers to vote on strike action in 2019
Siptu says staff are due an increase in pay following a job evaluation process.
# Health Care
Siptu warns of strike action by Section 39 health care workers over pay issues
Some 12,000 Section 39 workers receive dual salary funding between the HSE and voluntary contributions.
# Dublin
Temple Street Children's Hospital warns of overcrowding at its emergency department
It is asking parents to think about all their care and treatment options before attending the ED.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you think healthcare is a privilege or a right?
The new Miss USA is under fire for her controversial comments about health care.
Psoriatic arthritis: 'It is very much an invisible illness because I look and appear fine'
It is unacceptable to only have access to medical experts and services within regular business hours, writes Sandra Quinn.
# Apology
HSE boss apologises after leaked memo said patients could be removed with "minimum force"
Minister for Health Simon Harris said that the rescinded memo was “utterly offensive and unacceptable”.
Questions raised after memo said patients could be removed with "minimum force"
Minister for Health Simon Harris said that the rescinded memo was “utterly offensive and unacceptable”.
# On the up
Do you have a health insurance with Laya Healthcare? It could be going up
Ireland’s second largest health insurer Laya Healthcare is hiking up its prices for some of its policies.
# no country for old men
Ireland is one of the worst places in Europe to retire right now
A lack of doctors means the country’s rating for healthcare has plunged.
# must have missed that memo
Apparently GPs can renew medical cards - but did anyone tell GPs?
Who told whom what, and when?
Column: What is life like in a city hit by Ebola? An Irish voice from Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone is a very friendly, sociable place but that is changing. People are avoiding church and the mosque, and shops have chlorine buckets outside for people to wash their hands before they enter.
Column: Palliative care considers the mind, body and spiritual needs of the person
Palliative care is not just about pain relief for older people during their final days – it’s about quality of life for your loved one.
Opinion: Water fluoridation is controversial, but trust evidence over scaremongering
Scare tactics and misinformation should have no place in deciding public health policy.
Opinion: 'The medical card review scheme is a shambles'
I have a significant physical disability; my experience over the past seven months proves that medical card fiasco rumbles on.
# Your Say
Poll: Should Varadkar have accepted the nurses' challenge?
The Minister for Health turned down an offer to observe a 12-hour shift in an Emergency Department.
# Game changer?
'Pay as you go' health insurance set to hit the market
The plan will give people the ability to upgrade their hospital care at the time of need.
# Diaspora
Comic depicting Irish nurses in Australia sparks anger online
It follows a hospital recruitment drive targeting specifically Irish nurses.
# Your Say
Poll: Should drunk patients be charged more for A&E visits?
The suggestion has been raised in Northern Ireland that charges should be introduced to deter abuse of the system.
Junior doctors won't bother staying in Ireland unless tax breaks are introduced
Students on the Graduate Entry Programme are required to pay full fees of up to €16,000 per year.
# Care
Unsuitable treatment for children in mental health units
The structure of one ward was described as “not suitable for residents”.
# want answers
Reilly accused of needing Prime Time programme to be aired before taking action
The Health Minister was questioned on a range of health care topic in the Dáil today.
# Health Care
TD calls for government response to suspensions at Stewarts Care
A number of staff have been suspended at the facility following allegations of abuse.
Column: Ireland has a postcode lottery for health
Good citizenship in conjunction with some collaborative working between communities and government could build better and healthier communities, writes Anne-Maree Quinn.
# digital healthcare
Cutting edge technologies in healthcare will increase efficiency
Tablet devices for nurses and electronic medical records – just some of the ideas showcased at a digital healthcare gathering in Dublin yesterday.
# uncomfortably numb
Man pretends to be member of Pink Floyd to get free health care
He would have got away with it too, if it wasn’t for those pesky… er… cops.
# Ageing
Concern for elderly health over budget cuts
Older people are more likely to spend more nights in hospital and to visit the GP, a TILDA study found.
# Birth Control
Bishops say new bill is moving Philippines towards legal abortion
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines allege the Reproductive Health Bill promotes pre-marital sex and threatens the “moral fibre” of the country.
Column: ‘Working from a cave in Syria we did over 100 operations’
Paul McMaster, a surgeon experienced in working in war zones, says Syria was a “more oppressive type of danger”.
# Fitness
Is your mobile phone the key to getting fit?
A former White House fitness expert is asking that very question, as he believes mobile fitness units could “change the face of health care”.
# Privacy
Breaches of patient information addressed by new guidelines
HIQA issues document for health and social care workers to try to prevent privacy of patient data being breached.
# Alzheimer's Disease
Lack of practical arrangements increase stress for Alzheimer's carers - survey
A lack of clear legal and financial arrangements for those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease increasing stress and puts a strain on family relationships, a new survey indicates.
# Stroke
Almost 60 per cent more women than men dying from stroke
New statistics have highlighted the risk of stroke amongst women in Ireland, showing that stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer.
# Health Insurance
Less than half of Irish population have health insurance cover
New figures from the Health Insurance Authority show that 47 per cent of the population are covered by inpatient health insurance.
# Quality of Life
Dublin ranked 26th best place to live in the world
For all Ireland’s economic woes, our capital still beats Paris, London, Tokyo and Boston in terms of quality of life… while Baghdad, unsurprisingly, comes last.
# Roscommon
Mortality figures at Roscommon hospital disputed
The government has been accused of misleading the public – and the HSE has admitted that HIQA inspectors never visited Roscommon Hospital before compiling their reports.
# Wikileaks
US embassy warned diplomats about crumbling healthcare system
Visiting US diplomats were advised to be patient in the case of a medical emergency, because A&E wards are so overcrowded.