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Tuesday 28 March 2023 Dublin: 13°C

# Health Service

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# the health service
'Wholly unsatisfactory': Harris pressed in Dáil over recruitment freeze in the HSE
Harris said he believed the HSE was putting “sensible” controls in place.
# Under Pressure
'Wasteful, inefficient, horrendous': 30,000 people waited longer than 24 hours on hospital trolleys this year
The figures were released to Fianna Fáil’s Stephen Donnelly who called them “appalling and unacceptable”.
# work permits
Nurses in Dublin hospital may be told not to turn up over busy New Year period due to visa issues
Up to 35 nurses could be affected.
# Health Reform
TV presenter Brendan Courtney appointed to Sláintecare implementation council
Sláintecare is the cross-party plan to overhaul the Irish health service over ten years.
# hse overspend
Leo wanted the HSE to save money by re-using crutches, but was told it was a non-runner
The Taoiseach said the government will be looking with ‘laser-like detail’ at how to get value for money in the health service.
# sláintecare
Woman who led Temple Bar's 1990s revival chosen to lead Irish healthcare's transformation
Laura Magahy has led some other major Irish projects over the years.
# since records began
There are more people on hospital waiting lists than ever before
More than half a million people are on outpatient waiting lists however the number of inpatients waiting has fallen slightly.
# Strasbourg
Woman who called emergency services in France mocked by operator and died hours afterwards
An autopsy revealed that the woman had suffered multiple organ failure.
# the money question
Q&A: Who will pay for abortions if the Eighth Amendment is repealed?
Will taxpayers cover the cost of abortion under the public system?
# Smear Test
CervicalCheck: Senior team sent in to ensure women told about smear reviews
Health Minister Simon Harris said that a helpline would open from 9am tomorrow to answer women’s questions.
# Waiting Times
Patients at A&E should be either admitted or discharged within six hours, not 14 - IMO chief
Peadar Gilligan made his inaugural address as president of the Irish Medical Organisation at the group’s AGM in Killarney this evening.
# Abortion Referendum
'Psychiatrist should not have used HSE headed paper to contact TDs about retaining the Eighth Amendment'
Chief Executive Tony O’Brien said the HSE must stay neutral in referenda and elections.
# cataracts
If you're waiting for an eye procedure there's a good chance you'll be waiting over a year
About 35% of those seeking outpatient treatment have been waiting over 12 months.
# Trolley crisis
The government vowed to stop it, but 10,000 elderly people had to wait in A&E for more than a day
The HSE’s Service Plan for 2017 set a target that anyone aged 75 years and over entering an ED would be discharged or admitted within 24 hours.
# stark warning
'Inconceivable' that health system would be able to deal with mass casualty event
A senior doctor has warned that the system cannot deal with the day-to-day workload.
# Health of the nation
Over 23,000 formal complaints were made to the HSE in 2016
Community Healthcare Organisations (CHOs) were the subject of 3,984 complaints.
# patient safety
Majority of patients wait longer than six hours in an emergency department to be seen by a doctor
The results of the first ever National Patient Experience Survey show that long waiting times continue to be a problem in Irish hospitals.
# Waiting Lists
Susie Long's husband says 10 years after her death, people are still stuck on waiting lists
Susie Long created a national debate around the health service when she told Liveline she was going to die “because of hospital waiting lists”.
# Infection
'It's a serial killer': Detection rates on the rise as staff become 'sepsis aware'
Simon Harris said hospital staff are now trained to be more “sepsis aware”.
# illogical
Man ready to leave National Rehab Hospital, but HSE says there's no money to support him at home
The Liveline Effect: Brendan Howlin says families feel they have to go public with their tragic stories to see action.
# irish nhs
'A watershed moment': TDs have come up with a plan to radically change the healthcare system
The report on the Future of Healthcare is set to be published today.
Tom Clonan: 'In all our years attending Temple Street, I have never before seen so many sick children and parents'
There has been a steady, inexorable decline in Ireland’s health service over the past fifteen years, writes Dr Tom Clonan.
# Timely
Simon Harris 'pleased to announce' Crumlin Hospital scoliosis theatre to open in April
It has emerged that there are an extra 80,000 people on hospital waiting lists outside the government’s official figures.
# Perfect Storm
Paramedics 'disturbed' over delays bringing patients to Emergency Departments
Siptu members said today that delays of between one and three hours have been observed across the country.
# Homeward Bound
Harris wants to woo Irish nurses home, but only 36 turned up on first day of recruitment drive
The HSE is hosting three open recruitment days for nurses and midwives in Dublin over the Christmas period.
# trouble ahead
Health Minister: 'I don't believe the threat of industrial action helps anyone'
Siptu has announced a ballot of more than 25,000 support staff.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Nursing union leader Liam Doran's claims about the Irish health service
The INMO General Secretary made a series of claims on Claire Byrne Live this week. Here’s our FactCheck roundup.
# Nurses
The HSE spent nearly €200 million on agency staff in seven months
Tommy Broughan said the figures are “staggering”.
# keeping ireland alive
'They thought he might not make it': 24 hours in Ireland's hospitals
Didn’t catch RTÉ’s new documentary about the health service? Here’s what you missed.
There were more patients on trolleys last month than in any July in the past decade
However, in a statement to, the HSE disputed the INMO narrative, saying that the trolley count for yesterday showed an an overall reduction compared to the same date last year.
There are 11,519 children waiting over a year to be seen in an Irish hospital
An analysis by of data shows the average number of children waiting over 12 months on the inpatient list over the last two years is 1,605% higher than in the two years before that.
Trauma units in nine hospitals could be set for the chop
A report in the Sunday Business Post says a report will recommend their closure.
# on the menu
‘Chicken’ or ‘fish’? Irish patients need more details about their hospital food
A Hiqa study has found some deficiencies in patient choices.
# Out the door
Foreign hospitals are looking to hire Irish nurses this weekend
And the INMO says many are going to go.
# bit late
Gerry Adams paid Margaret Thatcher a rare compliment today
He said she ‘told it as it was’.
# Election 2016
Fianna Fáil's new ad lashes Enda Kenny's infamous promise
Gerry Adams agrees with the sentiment.
# Looking Back
This is Enda Kenny's biggest regret
The Taoiseach has been reflecting on nearly five years in office.
# nurses strike
'A patient could come in with a heart attack and wait on a trolley': Life for Ireland's emergency department nurses
Last minute negotiations have seen strike action averted.
# get in the queue
The number of people on Beaumont Hospital waiting lists shows why the place is overcrowded
It’s over 10,000, with 2,352 waiting for over a year.
# Trolley crisis
'Leo needs to accept he's not the David Attenborough of the health service'
Fianna Fáil says the Health Minister is “observing from a distance” rather than taking action.