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Thursday 23 March 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# Health Service

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# Changes
Leo announces plans to get rid of HSE within five years
The Health Minister has also said that consultants are due to have their pay restored.
# Health Service
'I’m afraid that by the time they sort this out, I'll be too weak for a transplant'
Health minister Leo Varadkar has sought to reassure patients waiting on a pancreas transplant.
# Health Service
A new specialist centre hopes to pin down tough to diagnose rare diseases
The National Rare Diseases Office was opened today by the Health Minister.
# join the queue
25,000 children are waiting to get their first outpatient appointment
For 10,000 of them, their wait has been longer than six months.
# no fair deal
'Unfair and unjust': Proposed hike in nursing home bills slammed
Prime Time this evening reported on a review of the fair deal scheme.
# detached
Even Alan Shatter has had a go at Leo Varadkar today
The opposition think Varadkar speaks like a health commentator, while Shatter is “confused” by his former cabinet colleague.
# HSE Service plan
Varadkar: Running health service is like feeding the 5,000 with loaves and fish
The Health Minister also ruled out a General Election in 2015.
# Save a life
The public could become life savers under a new plan to fight cardiac arrests
A programme to install public access defibrillators around the country has been looked at.
# Health Service
Taoiseach "dismissed" Shortall's concerns over Reilly's health service reforms
New Health Minister Leo Varadkar was recently told Reilly’s HSE reforms were “unworkable”.
# Pledge
The government says children under six will have free GP care later this year
Legislation passed today includes an amendment to ban gagging orders on doctors that was put forward by Senator John Crown.
# Medical Cards
HSE boss: We never asked parents to prove children still had lifelong conditions
“I am saying questions were asked that were not those questions, but which may have been interpreted as that.”
# for your health
RyanCare: The low cost healthcare company Ireland desperately needs
*fanfare* Congratulations on another early delivery, thanks to Ryancare!
# Emergency Services
"I'm not in denial of anything" - Ambulance chief defends 'best in the world' comment
Martin Dunne has stood by his words on a Prime Time investigation which detailed major shortcomings in the National Ambulance Service.
# dangerous delay
Ambulance broke down on the way to take a baby to hospital
A second ambulance sent to transport the baby is also believed to have developed mechanical problems before eventually reaching Dublin from Cork.
# Across the water
It's not only nurses that have emigrated to find work. Guess how many GPs have?
The IMO say that the last five years has seen seven years’ worth of Irish qualified GPs move to the UK.
# union strife
Remember the '24 No More' campaign? Hospitals still aren't complying say IMO
Up to 33 per cent of hospitals have not made sufficient progress and are to be penalised according to the union.
# closed for business
Mount Carmel will deliver its final baby today as 200 staff leave the hospital
The remainder of the total workforce expected to stay for another week or two.
# HSE Service plan
'In my 21 years in Leinster House I cannot remember anything like this happening before'
Six hours of debate on the controversial HSE Service Plan have been reduced to three, prompting outrage from Fianna Fáil.
# Health Cuts
Large scale 'day of action' planned as local groups form National Hospital Campaign
Hospital action groups from around the country are coming together to plan an ongoing national campaign.
# Medical Cards
Over 700,000 more medical cards have been issued in the last decade
The biggest leap was between 2011 and 2012, when over 150,000 extra cards were released.
# crc
HSE to meet with voluntary hospitals today
Hospitals will be given until the end of the year to comply with HSE guidelines.
# Working Hours
"We are putting our trust in the HSE" - junior doctors
Junior doctors have voted to accept a proposal to end shifts lasting more than 24 hours.
# Health Service
TD: Indian-born doctors are being used as a 'band-aid' in Irish hospitals
Waterford deputy John Halligan says many Indian doctors are likely to leave the country as they’re not being afforded the same rights as their Irish colleagues.
# Health Service
Hospital chiefs write to HSE saying cuts are threatening patient safety
A report on RTÉ’s Prime Time this evening claimed that hospital chief executives have warned of delays in cancer treatment due to budgetary reductions.
# Going nowhere
"I think it's a bit rich of Mícheál Martin"- James Reilly resists calls to resign
Reilly has come under increased pressure about spending and savings figures within the Department of Health.
# flu vaccine
Vaccine reminder issued as HSE says 1,000 could die in severe flu season
Those in at-risk groups can get the vaccine free-of-charge from their GP or pharmacy.
# Sexual Abuse
Litany of failures in how HSE dealt with child's abuse allegations
The Ombudsman for Children upheld a complaint from the family and found that the HSE’s actions had negatively affected the young girl.
# doctors strike
Strike action now “inevitable” say junior doctors
The 24 hour action was postponed for a week, and then suspending indefinitely. But the IMO is now accusing the HSE of lacking “real engagement”.
# Departures
Here's how many people have left the HSE over the past four years
Hint: it’s a lot.
# Health Service
HSE receives 2,700 applications for career breaks - far more than expected
The HSE had to turn down the vast majority of applications for the three year break as the number of applications had expected to number in the hundreds.
# Euroleaks
Troika recommends cuts to specialist doctors' salaries
In a leaked document, the Troika suggests a number of radical measures to address the health service overspend including hiring specialists from abroad, cutting doctors’ pay and making savings on the cost of drugs.
# Health Service
Criticism for HSE's 2013 service plan as health unions to be briefed
Unions representing health service workers will be briefed on the HSE’s national service plan announced yesterday as political reaction was less than positive towards the plan.
# Nursing
Nurses' union demands boycott of graduate scheme over pay dispute
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation says graduate nurses should not have to work for 80 per cent of the usual wage.
HSE to recruit up to 1,000 graduate nurses and midwives next year
The recruitment drive could save as much as €10 million by reducing the reliance on agency workers and overtime, the HSE said this evening.
# need to know
The Evening with added live news anchor proposal
Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.
# Health
Junior doctors warn Health Minister they will emigrate
Over 800 junior doctors have warned James Reilly that the agenda to portray the medical profession as though it is driven by greed is creating “deep unease”.
# Society
Carers 'heavily stressed' says online survey
Half of carers in survey suffer from illnesses and socialising or holidays are an infrequent, sometimes rare, occurrence.
Column: The financial transaction tax is a must for Ireland’s future
Imagine the difference €500million could make for our ailing health services – yet the Government is opposed, writes Labour MEP Nessa Childers.
# Leaders' Questions
Leaders' Questions: Micheál Martin says health service is a 'catastrophe'
Taoiseach Enda Kenny faced questions from the opposition in the Dáil this afternoon as TDs returned to action with plenty of fiery rhetoric.
# New Deal
James Reilly: New consultants will have to face a hefty pay cut
Consultants may also have to work weekends under the terms of the new deal.