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# Healthcare

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# Covid-19
O'Neills sportswear to start manufacturing scrubs for healthcare staff
The company made the announcement this afternoon.
# Coronavirus
Finance minister says 'work is underway' to address childcare challenge faced by healthcare workers
Paschal Donohue said work is underway in relation to the issue following representations from workers unions in the last 24 hours.
# Covid-19
St Vincent's Hospital starts recruiting for healthcare workers to meet rising demand amid coronavirus outbreak
Some posts will be filled immediately.
# nadine dorries
UK MP diagnosed with coronavirus as British GPs warn routine health checks could be halted
Nadine Dorries said that as soon as she was informed she took all the advised precautions and has been self-isolating at home.
# Transitioning
'The most important thing is to talk about it': Trans couple open up in intimate new documentary
Victoria and Max are a trans couple who are hoping that speaking about their experiences will help others in a similar position.
# Healthcare
'I thought I was crazy': Patients with rare diseases urge next government to deliver on supports
Around 6% of the population in Ireland is living with a rare disease such as PKU and cystic fibrosis.
# Healthcare
'Not realistic': Free GP care for under 13s questioned by medical group
Six and seven-year-olds would receive free care from this year under proposed legislation.
# flu season
There's a 'significant' 11.8% increase in the number of people on trolleys this winter
“200 more people a day tend an Emergency Department now than when I became Minister for Health,” Harris claimed today.
# CervicalCheck
‘Remarkable coincidence’ that two campaigners' smear results were mixed up, hearing told
Professor Kitchener said the findings of the RCog report “were striking” with “significant implications”, but “not unexpected”.
# Staff shortages
Staff shortages restricting opening hours at children’s urgent care centre at Connolly Hospital
Opening hours at the centre in Dublin are currently 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
# cost overruns
Some contractor claims for new children's hospital not under board's control, committee to hear
The fact some measures of the project remain uncosted is ‘laughable’ says Labour’s Alan Kelly.
# inpatient experience
Waiting for a ward and not informed: The problems patients faced in Irish hospitals
“I acknowledge where we are, I acknowledge we’ve a lot to do,” the new HSE CEO Paul Reid said.
# Healthcare
'Devastating': Trans people on wrong waiting list for years after referrals were 'misplaced'
Over 100 people were affected by the HSE’s error.
# hard pill to swallow
Free contraception recommended for young women only, due to cost
Making contraception free for everyone could be “an ineffective use of scarce resources”, a report has found.
# Caged
'I'm on call 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week': Family carers stage protest outside the Dáil
Several carers spoke today about the huge amount of work they do looking after loved ones.
# budget 2020
Health changes: Drug payment scheme reduced and medical card threshold for over-70s increased
The total budget for the sector has been increased to €17.4 billion.
# Arron O’Keeffe
13-year-old boy with cerebral palsy awarded €15 million over injuries at birth
Arron O’Keeffe’s family said that this wasn’t “a lottery win” for him, and that the money will go towards caring for their son.
# Home help hours
Home help care supports: How many people are waiting in your county?
A total of 6,819 people are waiting for funding for home help hours, but the HSE continues to deny any cuts to the service.
# sláintecare
Harris says HSE can't continue in its current form and announces return of six regional healthcare areas
Harris described today’s announcement as the biggest restructuring of the HSE in 15 years .
# Industrial Dispute
Support staff strike: HSE says situation at hospitals 'challenging' as further talks planned
The issue centres on a dispute over pay increases.
# Healthcare
Taoiseach says offer to phase in pay increase for striking health workers was made 'out of good will'
A strike by around 10,000 healthcare support workers is taking place tomorrow.
# in limbo
'Lives on hold': Recruitment freeze in HSE preventing workers from starting their new jobs
One healthcare worker said that she may have “nowhere to live” by the end of the month because she can’t yet take up her new job.
# Pressure
'Grave concerns' as president and council of national GP group resign
There had been “serious issues of internal governance” at the National Association of General Practitioners, a statement said.
Opinion: 'There are consequences to paying for all the most expensive new drugs'
We need to radically improve waiting times for treatment rather than focus on buying all the most expensive drugs, writes Dr Anthony O’Connor.
# Rotunda Hospital
Ten out of 19 maternity units have abortion services in place
The HSE has said that “service demand remains within the predicted limits” in relation to abortion services.
# challenging times
UHL doctors write open letter outlining challenges they face treating patients
The letter was signed off by five doctors and addressed to ‘the people of the Mid West’.
# inequality
Private cancer patients getting access to drugs that public patients can't get is 'incredibly unfair'
The Irish Cancer Society said that lifesaving medicines should be available to everyone who could benefit from them, not just people with private health insurance.
# Reform
Free GP care for under 12s as government agrees new contract with doctors
The government is increasing funding for GPs in exchange for reforms and changes to the services they provide.
# Poll
Poll: Do you agree with free GP care for under-12s?
Free GP care is already in place for children under 6.
Former CervicalCheck boss says Harris was warned that offering extra smear tests could cause delays
Micheál Martin said the decision was made by the government to “save their own skin and cover their own tracks”.
# Fingal County Council
Paul Reid is the HSE's new director general
Varadkar said that Reid “developed a strong reputation as a dynamic and ambitious leader, who was always up for a challenge”.
# CervicalCheck
Of 4,500 repeat smear tests that expired, 2,500 have been retested
Around half of the women who were offered the option of a retest have taken it up.
# Independent TD
Clare TD Michael Harty: 'I took a different view from my rural colleagues on the drink driving laws'
“The day of just two will do is no longer acceptable,” Dr Michael Harty, chair of the Oireachtas Health Committee, told
# Dignity
'It's about creating a system that's kind': HSE piloting scheme for homeless patients in hospitals
It comes as new stats show over 2,000 cases where a homeless person has been discharged from hospital in the past seven years.
# Healthcare
Terminally-ill midwife Philomena Canning says she's 'vindicated' after settling case with HSE
Canning says she’s both relieved and saddened to have settled the case.
# Critical
Bitter medicine: NHS 'harmed' in all Brexit scenarios, but no-deal will hit hardest
In the run up to the 2016 Brexit vote, ‘Leave’ campaigners promised it would deliver millions for the NHS.
# dr michael harty
Health committee chair to vote against Simon Harris in no-confidence motion
“He’s given impression that this is a priority for him,” the Independent Clare TD said.
Opinion: Is public healthcare in Ireland failing because we've chosen the path to failure?
‘As we cry in frustration over the recurring ineptitude of the state to deliver decent public healthcare service for citizens’ Maebh Ní Fhallúin examines how we got here.
# industrial unrest
Day three of nurses' strike: INMO denies that pay increases would lead to public sector 'free-for-all'
Three more strikes are due to take place next Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday.
# Attorney General
Can Northern Irish women access abortion services here for free? The government is finding out
Women in Northern Ireland can access abortion services here, but it will cost them €450, the Dáil was told yesterday.