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# Health

Last week
26th November 2023 - 2nd December 2023
UK study finds that GP appointments over the phone or online can ‘put patients at risk’
Researchers said mistakes via remote consultation are rare, but there is a risk of patients being under-diagnosed.
Newborn babies to be tested for Spinal Muscular Atrophy from next year
The heel prick test currently involves testing newborns for nine rare but serious conditions.
Last month
November 2023
Alcohol consumption levels have decreased in the last five years, survey finds
“Concerning” binge drinking trends among young adults and parents were also found.
Govt green lights extra €4bn in spending, including close to €1bn on health
The total amount of extra spending this year beyond the budget is €6 billion.
HSE warns of public health risk due to low uptake of winter Covid-19 and flu vaccines
The executive expressed concerns over an expected rise in infections from both viruses during the winter period.
Popular antibiotic in short supply amid ongoing medicines shortage problem
Several of the generic versions of Augmentin are not available.
Over 1,000 hospital consultants sign up to new public-only contract
Under the new contract, consultants can be asked to work 8am to 10pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 6pm Saturday as part of their core 37-hour week.
Sabina Higgins receiving treatment for breast cancer
She underwent a “successful procedure” on Wednesday.
Number of women diagnosed with HIV doubles amid 68% increase in overall cases
The number of women being diagnosed with HIV in Ireland has doubled since 2019.
The percentage of deceased patients becoming organ donors has fallen
Brain death was diagnosed in 103 patients in 2021 with only 50 becoming organ donors.
'Very traumatised' refugees not getting mental health support, experts warn
A lack of training and garda vetting is impacting refugees and other vulnerable groups, the Oireachtas mental health committee has heard.
October 2023
Dr Catherine Conlon: Sewage in our waterways has huge health and environmental consequences
The public health doctor looks at the latest EPA wastewater treatment report and the damage that sewage-infected water can cause to our health and environment.
HPV vaccine 'significantly' reduces signs of pre-cancer in young women, study shows
Cervical cancer, though preventable, remains one of the most common cancers.
Safe access zone law could be 'made a mockery of' if gardaí can't log warnings, TDs say
The Oireachtas Health Committee has warned Stephen Donnelly about potential loopholes in the planned legislation.
HSE 'doesn't waste' public money despite €1.5bn deficit, as TD praises 'ballsy' chief executive
John Lahart praised HSE boss Bernard Gloster for standing by comments he made in the media about the health budget.
Women with cancer will be able to defer maternity leave under new legislation
The Irish Cancer Society has welcomed the news.
Ministers blasted over health budget funding as TDs say it is a 'hammer blow' to the public
Donnelly said an in-depth report into the future costs of healthcare is to be carried out.
New Children's Hospital won't open until April 2025 at the earliest
A memo will go to government at the end of this month on the estimated final cost of the project.
Donohoe won't get into 'war of words' over health budget, says financial controls are needed
The minister says financial controls need to be put in place to deal with health overspends.
Some doctors 'actively obstruct' women from getting abortions, committee hears
The Oireachtas Health Committee is discussing recommendations to change Ireland’s abortion legislation.
Letterkenny consultants warn of 'service collapse' as they back call for hospital review
It follows a letter signed by 78 Donegal GPs expressing fear for the lives of their patients who attend the LUH emergency department.
Martin says health spending ‘needs examination and deeper analysis’ amid Budget criticism
It comes as the HSE warned it was short €1.5 billion this year and announced a recruitment freeze.
Hospitals in Gaza on the brink of collapse as power set to run out in matter of hours
The regional head of the World Health Organisation has said that Gaza has only “24 hours of water, electricity and fuel left”.
Opinion: 'I was 20, alone in the hospital and they told me I had a brain tumour'
Katie Sweeney shares her story of diagnosis of a brain tumour and stage 4 cancer and how she’s had to dig deep to battle through it all.
Holohan says there is a 'very poor understanding' of what happened in CervicalCheck scandal
The former Chief Medical Officer said the “adversarial model of medical negligence” in Ireland played a major role in the controversy.
Nobody under 18 has access to early intervention psychosis services
We want to hear from young people who are directly impacted by the lack of resources.
Govt walking into trouble with warnings health system underfunding will have 'freeze effect'
Pearse Doherty said today the repercussions of the lack of funding in the budget will be seen “in the weeks and days to come”.
Lack of regulation in mental health sector 'wouldn't happen in any other walk of life'
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services are not properly regulated, the Oireachtas Health Committee has heard.
Health 'not a priority for this Budget' amid spending overrun, Government sources say
The health budget overrun is proving a major headache for the Government.
New tax on vapes promised - but not in this year's budget
The Irish Heart Foundation has criticised the Government for not following up on a commitment to introduce taxes to discourage vaping.
Some ultra-processed foods should be labelled ‘addictive’, scientists suggest
Some 14% of adults and 12% of children could be addicted to ultra-processed foods, experts have warned.
What we know so far about tomorrow's Budget: USC cuts, €750 rent credit and further 25% childcare cost cuts
Electricity credits will be worth at least €400.
Patients with obesity left in 'distress' by Ozempic dispensing guidance - doctor
Pharmacies have been told to prioritise dispensing for diabetes amid a shortage of Ozempic.
Donnelly orders statutory review into use of unlicensed springs in surgeries at Temple Street
The health watchdog will also review oversight processes and governance within Children’s Health Ireland on the use of surgical implants.
Pharmacists to be allowed dispense some medicines, including the pill, without GP prescription
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly will bring the proposal before Cabinet this morning to help alleviate pressure on GPs.
September 2023
Taoiseach, Health Minister to meet with families impacted by spinal surgery crisis
Stephen Donnelly told the Dáil that he will begin meetings with families and patient advocacy groups on Wednesday.
12 Irish people have travelled to Switzerland to medically end their lives since 2003
Assisted dying has been legal in Switzerland since 1942.
Projected €1 billion health overspend could affect other budget decisions, McGrath says
Michael McGrath said there had been a pattern of overspending in health for years.
Dr Caoimhe Hartley: 'We hear about menopause but perimenopause can be just as disruptive'
The menopause specialist looks at perimenopause and how symptoms creep up on many women.
Donnelly: Emergency Department Taskforce will meet next Monday
The Emergency Taskforce was formed in 2015 to tackle emergency department overcrowding.