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Tuesday 21 March 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Healthcare

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# Autism
TD ‘beyond embarrassed’ by lack of action on services for autistic children
The Oireachtas Committee on Autism met this morning to discuss autism policy.
# Coronavirus
With cases on the rise, what is the current advice if you catch Covid-19?
Cases have been increasing in recent weeks due to the spread of subvariants of the Omicron strain.
# Healthcare
Cabinet green lights free contraception plan for young women
Legislation enabling a free contraception scheme for women aged 17-25 is to be published in the coming days.
# long covid
'I have brain fog, fatigue, migraines': Nurses with Long Covid decry plan to end special leave
Healthcare workers have been receiving letters from their employer informing them that their special leave with pay will cease on 1 July.
# Ambulance Service
Number of paramedics should 'at least' double to reduce burnout among staff
People in the sector are facing burnout with some leaving for other jobs, representatives have said.
Representatives say staff numbers should at least double to tackle the current issues facing ambulance workers.
Dozens have left the sector in recent times for a number of reasons, including burnout.
# Healthcare
The Good Information Podcast: Healthcare - are we moving further away from the solution?
A majority of Irish people are pessimistic about the healthcare service, so what needs to change?
# Hospital
Emergency department in Navan to be replaced with 'medical assessment unit'
Medical emergencies such as heart attacks and strokes will no longer be treated at the hospital.
# Healthcare
More work to be done: The complexities, wins and major problems of the Irish healthcare system
The Good Information Project turned its focus to Ireland’s healthcare system over the past month.
# The Change
Menopause in Ireland: "One of the things people say after treatment is, ‘Oh my God, I got myself back”
After decades in the shadows, the menopause is finally starting to get the attention it merits.
# Healthcare
Is Stephen Donnelly's €350m plan to tackle waiting lists this year actually working?
“The whole point of waiting lists is that you can’t fix them in a year.”
# comparison
The good, the bad and the alright: Ireland's healthcare system compared to the rest of the EU
Our interactive graphs showing where Ireland ranks compared to other EU countries.
# delayed delivery
'At this stage, it is a crisis': Children still left waiting for public disability services
Parents devastated as one-quarter of staff roles in new disability network teams remain unfilled and children left in limbo.
Staff vacancies in Child Disability Network Teams as high as 88% in one locality, reports Orla Dwyer.
"Everything is a fight," say parents who report poor communication from teams.
Therapist vacancies are highest, leaving children without services.
# TGIP live
Watch our LIVE event: How to build gender and sex equity in healthcare
Peggy Maguire, Director of the European Institute of Women’s Health, on a quarter century of fighting for more data, more presence and more voice for women in health.
# patient power
WATCH: Open Newsroom - The power of patient advocacy in healthcare
Watch our Open Newsroom session on how the patient advocacy movement could revolutionise health services – if they are listened to.
# Health in Ireland
'I’ve never seen morale so broken': What one change do healthcare workers want to improve the system?
We asked health workers and others familiar with the sector what they want to see happen to improve healthcare in Ireland.
The Irish healthcare system is frequently hit with criticism and suggestions for how it can be improved.
Progress on the overhaul of the system is continuing but has been slow.
We asked workers and those familiar with the sector what one change they would like to see put into place.
'The belief that being a doctor is a vocation and all else must be sacrificed… that mentality is waning'
'We needed more beds, we still need more beds': Will lessons be learned from the pandemic?
# Inside look
Inflation and Ukraine fallout pose fresh hurdles for children's hospital as structure takes shape
The Journal visited the site of the new hospital and demonstration spaces showing how patient rooms will look.
Surging inflation and global supply chain issues are creating challenges for the new National Children's Hospital, Lauren Boland reports.
The Journal visited the site in Dublin 8, where construction is well underway.
New features in the hospital include robots to transport materials and a tablet at each bed.
'State-of-the-art' or 'flashy': Will the spiraling cost of the Children's Hospital be worth it?
# Industrial Action
'The belief that being a doctor is a vocation and all else must be sacrificed… that mentality is waning'
Non-consultant hospital doctors are currently balloting on whether to take industrial action over their working conditions.
# Healthcare
FactCheck: Is 10% of Ireland's healthcare budget spent on diabetes?
The claim has been made by government ministers and the HSE itself.
# Abortion
UK Government moves to ensure full delivery of abortion services in Northern Ireland
Abortion services have yet to centrally commissioned in Northern Ireland due to a political impasse.
# Healthcare
'We needed more beds, we still need more beds': Will lessons be learned from the pandemic?
With Ireland now in a different phase of the Covid-19 pandemic, will lessons be learned from the crisis gone by?
# Out of here
Why we emigrated: Irish healthcare professionals on what pushed them to leave
“I was in a theatre all day with one surgeon and I worked every day with him for a year and he didn’t know my name.”
The problem is not unique to Ireland but there are a lot of push factors in the Irish healthcare system, according to staff
The situation is radically different in other countries, say nurses, doctors and physios who have left Ireland
" I was in a theatre all day with one surgeon and I worked every day with him for a year and he didn’t know my name."
# Healthcare
More than half of people in Ireland think that healthcare is getting worse
Just 7% of the respondents said that healthcare services are getting better.
People on lower incomes and without health insurance were most likely to say that Ireland's healthcare system is worsening
People earning over €80,000 were most likely to say that the system has stayed the same
However, responses were split when it came to people's individual experiences of the system, reports Jack White
The 'workhorses' of the health service: How Ireland's GPs are under increasing pressure right now
# Poll
Poll: Do you have private health insurance?
This month, The Good Information Project is looking at healthcare in Ireland and we want to hear from you.
# Healthcare
Open Thread: What one change would you like to see in the Irish healthcare system?
This month, The Good Information Project is looking at healthcare in Ireland and we want to hear from you.
# Health in Ireland
Can Ireland's health system be fixed, or is it beyond repair?
This month, The Good Information Project will take a look at healthcare in Ireland.
# Healthcare
'All lawfully permitted procedures', including abortion, to be allowed in new NMH, minister says
The health minister and several medical professionals held a press conference this evening about the legal framework governing the new hospital.
# Roe v Wade
‘Draft opinion’ on US abortion rights authentic document but not a final decision - chief justice
The draft opinion would allow individual states to more heavily regulate or outright ban abortion.
# vincents hospital group
Sisters of Charity transfer share of hospital group to charity, lifting obstacle to NMH plans
The development is part of years of debate about the ownership of the site of the new National Maternity Hospital.
# valproate
Timeframe still not decided for inquiry into epilepsy drug that can cause birth defects
The medicine was prescribed without warnings to patients for years after regulators knew about its risks.
'Bonkers' overtime worked by junior doctors causing burnout and risks for patients
A report by
Lauren Boland
Junior doctors in Ireland worked 2.8 million recorded overtime hours last year, according to figures from the HSE.
Excessive overtime worked by junior doctors is causing burnout and unsafe working conditions, Lauren Boland reports.
Junior doctors are regularly working hours far beyond what should be acceptable in Irish hospitals, doctors say.
The HSE recorded 2.8 million hours of overtime for junior doctors last year.
# hospital parking
Govt won't oppose hospital parking bill, but department 'working on plans' to cap daily charge
The private members’ bill is being brought forward by the Aontú party.
# cutting emissions
No HSE climate plan currently in place, but focus first on reducing emissions from buildings
A plan to decarbonise HSE buildings will be published in March with a wider climate action plan to follow.
# Overcrowding
Excess deaths of 360 a year due to A&E delays in Ireland may be 'significant underestimate'
A new UK report highlights the importance of keeping wait times down in EDs.
A new study has suggested that one extra death may be caused for every 82 people waiting more than five hours.
The Irish Association for Emergency Medicine has said that five hour waits are "normal" within Irish hospitals.
Investment in beds is what's needed according to doctors, writes Rónán Duffy.
Dr Anthony O'Connor: History matters, but the record numbers on trolleys should trump commemoration debates
'I'm exhausted': Frustration in the Mater Hospital's 'rammed' Emergency Department
# Healthcare
Consultants association warns of long waiting lists for bowel disease treatment
The IHCA is calling for the government to address a shortage of consultants.
# Emigration
44% increase in the number of Irish doctors emigrating to Australia since 2018
Despite travel restrictions in place last year, the number of doctors emigrating to Australia alone increased last year.
Young doctors are leaving Ireland for Australia for a better work-life balance, better training opportunities, and a better working environment.
There were 391 visa applications granted to Irish doctors last year - an increase of 59 visas, despite pandemic travel restrictions in place.
Australia's retention policies for healthcare workers has been praised as something Ireland can learn from.
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# Healthcare
Three years into new abortion laws, Stephen Donnelly says 'ease of access' has not been achieved
The Health Minister has been answering questions in the Oireachtas Health Committee.
An independent chair to lead a review into abortion laws has not yet been named.
The terms of reference for the review have been criticised for being too narrow.
The minister said today there has been a "significant reduction" in people travelling to the UK for terminations.
GP: My patients do not need to see your placards with your value judgements
Three years after the referendum vote, just one in 10 GPs are offering abortion services
# Overcrowding
Are you a healthcare worker worried about hospitals this winter? We want to hear your story
We want to get a sense of the difficulties staff are facing as hospitals fill up. Tell us your story.
# Healthcare
Taoiseach: 'It's not good enough' that children with scoliosis like Adam Terry must wait for surgery
Labour leader Alan Kelly said that most people would forgo “modest tax changes” to ensure children could receive treatment.
# Health Service
Government still committed to Slaintecare, says Cabinet minister
The healthcare initiative has suffered several resignations in recent weeks.
# Healthcare
Sláintecare Council to meet Donnelly for first time since resignations
The council is discussing the state of the project with the Health Minister Stephen Donnelly.