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# Health

Last week
29th January 2023 - 4th February 2023
# pandemic
Three years on, WHO says Covid-19 is still a global emergency
The WHO first declared a so-called public health emergency of international concern on 30 January 2020.
# Nursing Homes
Calls for Government to publish records on 'secret strategy' for illegal nursing home charges
It follows a report in today’s Irish Mail on Sunday.
Last month
January 2023
# Mental Health
'We're letting children drop off a cliff edge at age 18': Opposition hits out at CAMHS issues
Sinn Féin’s spokesperson for mental health said it is “downright scandalous” that some young people are not receiving follow-up care such as essential blood tests.
# climate action
Net-zero climate policies will save lives by improving health, study finds
Research found retrofitting homes with insulation can be a major contributor to better health.
# Mental Health
CAMHS report raises serious concerns about children on medication not getting follow-up care
Some children and adolescents seeking mental health treatment are not getting appointments for up to two years, a new report has found.
Some children and adolescents seeking mental health treatment are not getting appointments for up to two years, Órla Ryan reports
In one catchment area, there were 140 "lost" cases where young people didn't receive follow-up care
Dr Susan Finnerty decided to produce an interim report due to "the serious concerns and consequent risks for some patients"
Report into Kerry CAMHS services 'shocking', says Taoiseach as nationwide audit ordered
# winter surge
Over 200 medicines unavailable in Ireland, including cough syrups and soluble painkillers
There is a major shortage of over-the-counter treatments for respiratory illnesses and bacterial infections.
Voices
Opinion: Struggling to keep your New Year's Resolutions? It's all about short-term goals
Dr Emma Howard says it’s easy to set up ambitious resolutions but we won’t get far without short-term incentives.
# Overcrowding
Minister says patients that could be treated in minor injury units are turning up in A&E Depts
Stephen Donnelly says having more senior decision makers on site over the weekend will ramp up hospital discharges.
# SIPTU
Paramedics to vote on industrial action up to and including strike action
Siptu members of the National Ambulance Service will receive ballot papers next week.
# winter surge
CMO warns parents to keep sick kids at home while consultant says patients 'at risk' due to trolley crisis
A consultant in emergency medicine has warned of the impact of the pressures facing the healthcare system.
# 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
# Dublin
Mater Hospital 'under extreme pressure', appeals to public to avoid Emergency Dept if possible
A spokesperson said that patients who are presenting at the ED with non-urgent conditions are “experiencing lengthy waiting times”.
# pandemic
Covid-19 inquiry 'should not be about pointing fingers' – Taoiseach
Leo Varadkar said he hopes to have an inquiry into the handling of the pandemic up and running this year.
Last year
2022
# Survey
Half of women experiencing menopause view it as a negative experience
The survey found that the average woman in menopause experiences up to seven symptoms at any given time.
# Health
England captain Williamson feared severe period pain could have ruined Euros hopes
The Arsenal defender, who suffers from endometriosis, guided her country to glory during the summer.
# winter surge
IMO providing support to GPs to run additional clinics as winter virus infections surge
Chair of the IMO’s GP committee Dr Denis McCauley said there has been a “huge increase” in people presenting with respiratory illnesses.
# reproductive health
Free contraception scheme to include women aged 26 from 1 January 2023
The scheme will be further expanded to include 27 to 30-year-olds from 1 September 2023
# cancer free
Majority of countries to miss targets for decreasing cervical cancer
Ireland had a 3% increase in cervical cancer between 1988 and 2017, one of the highest in the world.
# 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.
# rising costs
Final cost of National Children’s Hospital ‘may not be known for years’
Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall said there seemed to be a “perennial problem” in Ireland with delivering major infrastructure projects.
# Tipperay
Palliative care supports to be provided to boy with cancer after case raised in the Dáil
A harrowing letter detailing the family’s situation was read into the Dáil record yesterday.
# Northern Ireland
Full abortion services to be commissioned in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland’s abortion laws were liberalised in 2019, but the Department of Health never centrally commissioned the rollout of full services due to a political impasse at Stormont.
# Carers
Employment permits for 1,000 home care workers to be made available to tackle recruitment crisis
The move was recommended in a report by the strategic workforce advisory group on home carers and nursing home healthcare assistants.
# Health
Open disclosure change agreed for Patient Safety Bill
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly got Government approval to introduce an amendment to the text of the Patient Safety Bill at the Report Stage.
# Health
Action Plan to tackle Traveller health inequalities a ‘big step forward’
Figures show there is a gap of some 13 years in life expectancy between Travellers and the general population.
# mpox
WHO to rename monkeypox to 'mpox' to reduce prejudice and stigma
The World Health Organisation will phase out its use of the term monkeypox over the next year.
# Children's Hospital
Taoiseach tours National Children's Hospital as construction reaches 80% completion
The hospital should be fully operational by the end of 2024.
# G20
G20 ministers launch billion-dollar pandemic fund
The fund is viewed as one of the early global outcomes of the G20 summit next week.
# bigger picure
England boss Jones puts Lawes' health first
The player has a history of concussion, including a six-week spell out earlier this year.
# Health
Cancer patients in deprived communities 'being left behind' due to inequality of care
These individuals often face hidden costs and less GP access, the report found
# nightlife
Donnelly says he raised health concerns about relaxing alcohol licensing laws
It was earlier reported that health concerns about expanding the hours when alcohol can be sold were not shared at Cabinet.
# Winter
Over 600k avail of flu vaccines as Covid cases dip
Meanwhile, the Department has purchased 15,000 monkeypox vaccines.
# pandemic
World Health Organisation warns Covid is still an international emergency
The WHO’s Covid-19 technical lead, agreed, warning that there were still millions of cases being reported each week
# Healthcare
Department of Health to be asked to consider certificates commemorating early pregnancy losses
Currently, there is no provision to recognise the loss of an unborn child before 24 weeks of pregnancy.
# Coronavirus
Covid-19 hospitalisations are rising, so where are we with the virus heading into winter?
The Minister for Health has said there has been a “significant” increase in the number of people in hospital with Covid in recent weeks.
# Breastfeeding
Seanad motion to call for breastfeeding lessons to be taught in Irish schools
A motion is being brought forward by Green Party senator Pauline O’Reilly in an effort to boost Ireland’s low breastfeeding rates.
# Health
Rodent faeces and dead mice among reasons for seven food closure orders last month
Health issues included the presence of flies, rats and mice and the storage of food at unsafe temperatures.
# bacteria
Up to 4 cases of meningitis and septicaemia under investigation
Two of the people affected have died.
# pension age
Pension age to stay at 66, but higher payments for those who continue to work
People will have the option of working to age 70 in exchange for a higher rate of pension payments.
Pension age shouldn't go beyond 66, says Micheál Martin
Opinion: I am one of 'generation rent' - it sounds like a joke but we've stopped laughing
# FG Think-In
Fine Gael think-in to focus on how the party can 'stand up for working people'
The party will gather in Kilkenny today to discuss income tax cuts, pension and social welfare hikes and public transport fares.