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# health-service - Sunday 10 July, 2011

Enda Kenny 'regrets confusion' over hospital election promises

The Taoiseach has insisted he was forced to backtrack on campaign pledges by safety fears at Roscommon A&E.

# health-service - Friday 1 July, 2011

Column: 'I once worked an 80-hour shift' - a junior doctor's story

One young medic describes the sometimes nightmarish world of hospital staff shortages to TheJournal.ie.

Junior doctor shortage looming in ten days' time, warns Minister

Dr James Reilly said more than 200 posts are still unfilled as he revealed plans to shut down A&E services at one hospital.

# health-service - Friday 3 September, 2010

HSE payroll system costs state €6m a year

One of the costliest inventions of the Celtic Tiger continues to haunt Ireland.

# health-service - Monday 16 August, 2010

WAITING 24 hours for a bed is not a thing of the past according to figures released by the HSE.

The daily “census” which records how many patients have been waiting for admission to a hospital ward each day at 2pm, shows that in 3% of cases patients wait more than 24 hours for a bed.

The figures also reveal that 39% of patients waited between 12 and 24 hours and 21% waited between six and 12 hours to be admitted.

Connolly Hospital is the only hospital in the country to have patients waiting more than 24 hours to be admitted to a ward after turning up at the emergency department.

Seven hospitals had patients waiting between six and 12 hours to be admitted, Roscommon Hospital, Our Lady’s in Navan, the Adelaide and Meath, the Mercy in Cork and Dublin’s Mater, Beaumont and Connolly hospitals.

The HSE maintains that “the vast majority of patients admitted from the Emergency Department do not wait for admission”. They say that 52% don’t wait at all for admission.

The news comes just as Dr James Reilly revealed that almost 18,000 surgeries were cancelled last year.

# health-service - Wednesday 11 August, 2010

ELECTRICAL WORKER’S UNION the TEEU are planning a picket of St James’s Hostpial on Monday. Management at the hospital are however appealing ot the union to delay the planned action.

After talks at the Labour Relations Commission broke down yesterday, the hospital said it would like to pursue discussions directly with the union.

The dispute centres around management’s attempts to transfer the responsibility to reset fire alarms at the hospital from electricians to employees of a private security firm. The hospital says it would save money by doing so, as electricians are currently paid for four to eight hours to simply reset an alarm.

Electricians have already held two four-hour stoppages in recent days, though emergency cover was provided.

The TEEU was also responsible for the recent Otis lifts strike.