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health-service

Last month
January 2023
# Emergency Departments
INMO calls for return of mandatory mask-wearing in crowded settings amid record trolley numbers
Over 931 patients are without beds in Irish hospitals today – the highest number since records began in 2006.
Covid-19 and influenza cases continue to increase rapidly, while notifications of RSV are also increasing
A consultant at University Hospital Limerick said "conditions in many instances are inhumane"
Services at several hospitals around the country are under extreme pressure
Last year
2022
# winter surge
HSE warns winter viruses will put hospitals under more pressure 'than has ever been seen'
It forecases that over 900 patients will be in hospital with flu in the first week in January
# Ambulance workers
NHS disruption from UK strikes likely to continue into coming days health leaders say
NHS Providers said there had been ‘varying levels of disruption’ across the UK as nurses and ambulance drivers strike.
# blood test backlog
St Vincent's Hospital experiencing 'significant delays' in processing blood tests for GP patients
Staffing issues over the last three weeks has resulted in a backlog from the time the bloods are received in the lab to when the results are sent back to GPs.
# job vacancy
'Remuneration is significant': No appetite in Govt to increase €420k salary for next HSE boss
Questions have been raised about whether tensions between the HSE and Department of Health played a part in Paul Reid’s decision to step down.
Voices
Opinion: 'A real home feels like an unattainable dream' for many disabled people
Julie Helen of Inclusion Ireland is calling for government action on housing and supports in Budget 2023.
# PAC
'Outrageous': Over 75s face average wait of 20 hours in some Emergency Departments
PAC Chair Brian Stanley said wait times in emergency departments is an intolerable situation in a well funded health system.
# Hepatitis
Child being treated for acute form of hepatitis has died, HSE says
A second child being treated for the same illness has received a liver transplant.
Voices
'It's heartbreaking’: My husband is unable to return home to our family after stroke
Michelle Murray outlines how her husband Charles is living in a nursing home nearly two years after being discharged from hospital due to unsuitable housing.
# Health reforms
HSE boss admits ‘challenges’ ahead as €20 billion National Service Plan unveiled
The plan contains pledges to cut waiting lists and continue Ireland on the path to universal healthcare.
# cutting emissions
No HSE climate plan currently in place, but focus first on reducing emissions from buildings
A plan to decarbonise HSE buildings will be published in March with a wider climate action plan to follow.
# camhs
'We're getting no support': Mother claims Midlands CAMHS has 'constantly' let her son down
A full audit into all CAMHS nationwide was announced last week following the publication of a “shocking” report into the South Kerry service.
She said her son has been prescribed the wrong medication "many times", his bloods have not been checked since last summer.
He has been admitted to A&E four times since November after saying he was going to take his own life.
It follows revelations contained in a report last week that 46 children suffered "significant harm" while attending the HSE-run South Kerry CAMHS.
All time
# Overcrowding
Number of patients on hospital trolleys hits highest level since pandemic began
Today’s trolley figures have returned to similar pre-pandemic figures hit in 2019.
# Explainer
The government's health screening 'czar' wants people's input on how services could be extended
We see screening as something that is in the public ownership, Professor Niall O’Higgins said on why the public were being asked.
# Health Service
Government still committed to Slaintecare, says Cabinet minister
The healthcare initiative has suffered several resignations in recent weeks.
# Explainer
What's going on with the government's Sláintecare plan for the health service?
The office in charge of the reforms saw two key departures this week.
# Coronavirus
'Challenging winter ahead' for health service, says IMO president
Rising cases of Covid-19 and other respiratory viruses pose difficulties for an “exhausted” health system.
# Health Service
INMO seeks emergency meeting with HSE to tackle 'hazardous' hospital overcrowding
The union said that some hospitals are approaching pre-pandemic levels of overcrowding.
# HSE
Hospitalisations fall below 900 as Ireland 'on the right side of the curve now' ahead of further vaccine rollout
People aged 85 and over will begin receiving a Covid-19 vaccine from Monday.
# covid19
HSE says 77,303 people - 1.58% of the population - have received first dose of vaccine so far in Ireland
The HSE gave an update on the vaccination programme this afternoon.
# covid crisis
'A fire that's burned continually since March is now raging out of control': Unions question HSE recruitment pledges
Unions and healthcare workers on the ground have said the situation is at breaking point.
# third wave
INMO calls for 'critical emergency' protocols to be implemented across health service
The INMO is also calling on the HSE to improve daily communications with staff.
# Budget 2021
'We must grasp the nettle': The health service is getting an unprecedented €4bn boost
The funding allows for hundreds of new beds.
# Health Service
65 new contact tracers starting this week, but Taoiseach wants recruitment fast-tracked
Public service workers that were transferred to help with contact tracing will only return to their roles when the recruitment drive is complete.
# Coronavirus
HSE was 'gifted' €544,000 in free advertising by Google and Facebook during Covid-19 pandemic
New figures show the health service spent more than €1 million on advertising in the first two months of the crisis.
# Private Patients
'People say I'm in a privileged position. I don't consider cancer a privilege'
The government created a single-tier health service at the beginning of the crisis, but criticism of the contracts is ramping up.
# Coronavirus
'We need to treat each other like pariahs': Limerick intensive care doctor issues stark warning
Dr Catherine Motherway of University Hospital Limerick said the Irish health system may struggle if Covid-19 is not contained.
# Your Say
Poll: Should there be minimum sentences for anyone convicted of assaulting hospital staff?
There were over 1,000 incidents reported last year where a member of staff had been assaulted.
# Health Service
Staff in Irish hospitals assaulted over 1,000 times last year - but union warns it's 'tip of iceberg'
The majority of healthcare staff attacked were nurses.
# Procurement
'Affordable and transparent': HSE's new system for purchasing medicines to cost €1.3 billion
The five-year tender for a dynamic purchasing system will ensure good quality medicines are available on a timely basis, the HSE said.
# Health Service
HSE trolley crisis: Recruitment freeze is 'starving frontline services of much-needed staff'
The INMO has said that “it’s not hard to join the dots” between delays in staffing and the current trolley crisis.
# Health Service
It's the worst ever day for trolley overcrowding in Irish hospitals since records began, INMO says
There were 92 patients waiting for a bed at University Hospital Limerick, alone.
# Health Service
The HSE has €1.4 billion more to spend on healthcare in 2020
In total, it has €17.4 billion – a 6.3% increase in funding compared to 2019.
# ge 2020
Simon Harris 'not worried' amid speculation he could be next to face no confidence vote
Opposition members are understood to be considering tabling a motion of no confidence against the health minister in the new year.
# IMO
'We are at breaking point': Hospital doctors to be balloted for industrial action
The Irish Medical Organisation warned of the potential for an “escalating campaign of industrial action”.
Voices
Opinion: The health service will collapse if the exploitation of Ireland's carers isn't addressed
Carers bear a huge burden but are not being looked after.
# trolley numbers
'They deserve better': Taoiseach apologises to patients waiting on hospital trolleys as numbers rise
There were 10,641 patients on trolleys in Irish hospitals last month.
# no end in sight
HSE sought out experienced physios for vacant position ... then pulled job due to recruitment freeze
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has warned that “patients are being put at extreme risk” over the ongoing freeze.
# Mental Health Services
Psychiatric nurses begin overtime ban as Dáil hears they've been propping up services by working extra hours
As of 7am this morning, psychiatric nurses have not been carrying out work beyond their contracted hours.
# Payouts
Almost a billion Euro paid out in medical negligence cases since 2014, new figures show
Payouts have totalled €108 million for the first five months of 2019.