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# healthcare - Friday 3 February, 2017

An 'appalling' 2,876 surgeries were cancelled last month

In January, 467 surgeries were cancelled at Galway University Hospital alone – most were cancelled by patients.

# healthcare - Tuesday 31 January, 2017

Nurse who took €100 from MS patient found guilty of professional misconduct

“I’m willing to change. I’m so dedicated to my job and I’m really patient-focused.”

# healthcare - Monday 30 January, 2017

Ireland's maternity benefit now helps migrants who want to travel home

Mothers who want to leave the EU to travel home can now continue to get maternity leave – which wasn’t the case before now.

Ireland has one of the worst hospital waiting times in Europe

We also ranked the fifth worst for getting value out of the money we put into our healthcare system.

# healthcare - Monday 9 January, 2017

As hospitals recover from record-high trolley crisis, staff are considering a strike

Hospital staff are being asked whether they wish to strike over payments and career progression measures.

# healthcare - Monday 2 January, 2017

Cannabis ingredient to be classed as medicine in UK

Companies wishing to sell CBD can apply for a licence from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

Cork hospital so busy since Christmas Day, it's asking people to stay away

There was a huge surge in demand over the Christmas period.

# healthcare - Thursday 15 December, 2016

The risk of dying of cancer is significantly higher among Irish men than Irish women

Both diagnoses and death rates are higher among men.

# healthcare - Saturday 10 December, 2016

When politicians support cannabis-based medicines they're supporting medicine, not cannabis

Moves towards regulating the drug have taken a step forward this week.

# healthcare - Wednesday 7 December, 2016

'When I came in here I couldn't walk. Now I've just been told I can go home'

The Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing was launched today by Michael D Higgins at St James’s Hospital, Dublin.

# healthcare - Monday 5 December, 2016

'Significant risks remain' at hospital despite maternity improvements after eight baby deaths

A report into Portlaoise General Hospital was published today.

# healthcare - Friday 2 December, 2016

There has actually been a slight drop in people on hospital trolleys this year

While the numbers on trolleys is down 1% this year, figures for November were described as “particularly alarming”.

# healthcare - Thursday 1 December, 2016

Cannabis-based products won't be in pharmacies tomorrow, but we have a timeline

The Dáil has been debating a medicinal cannabis bill this evening.

# healthcare - Friday 25 November, 2016

High demand for Mater's emergency department as less urgent cases asked to go elsewhere

Demand for hospital services increases over the winter period as people are more likely to get sick.

# healthcare - Monday 7 November, 2016

Pharmaceutical industry paid Irish doctors €3.7 million for "undisclosed" reasons in 2015

The industry’s payments to both doctors and healthcare institutions here is under the spotlight at present.

# healthcare - Sunday 6 November, 2016

The doctor revamping emergency departments in the US has some advice for Irish hospitals

“The patient doesn’t care who pays a salary or what title you have. People on the frontline need to be integrated in the decision making process.”

# healthcare - Monday 31 October, 2016

Irish children's first dentist visit is years too late, says RCSI

“Research has shown that fixing decayed first teeth results in better sleep patterns for children and better performance in schools.”

# healthcare - Wednesday 19 October, 2016

"In Ireland, you're like a zombie by the end of the week": Irish nurse on why she's working in Australia

A registered nurse in their first year would earn €200 less per week in Ireland than a nurse in the same position in Australia.

# healthcare - Monday 17 October, 2016

The 'pressure cooker' healthcare system and other reasons why nurses are travelling abroad

“There are better opportunities, there’s a greater respect for the nurse’s role, the work and pay conditions are better, and the lifestyle is freer.”

# healthcare - Friday 14 October, 2016

Residents' privacy not respected by staff at Waterford hospital

The hospital’s Department of Psychiatry was also found to have ‘inadequate’ recreational activities for residents.

# healthcare - Thursday 13 October, 2016

Thousands of nurses to see pay rise of at least €1,000 next year

The Minister for Health has announced the restoration of their increments.

'Opportunity to fix the problem could be lost' - Clinic closes waiting list for children's free eye tests

The waiting list has been closed for the forseeable future – meaning there are less services for children in need of screening.

# healthcare - Sunday 9 October, 2016

Majority of people believe Ireland should bring in a sugar tax

54% of people in Ireland want to see the tax introduced.

# healthcare - Friday 7 October, 2016

Here's a look at the world's 5 big health findings - and how Ireland compares

The most up-to-date analysis on the state of the world’s health has been published which will help identify national health challenges and priorities for intervention.

# healthcare - Saturday 1 October, 2016

"We have a failing hospital system which is rationing health care to patients" says medical organisation

Dr Tom Ryan, president of the Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) made a series of critical comments about the state of public health care.

# healthcare - Friday 9 September, 2016

QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Ireland In 2016?

We’re going to put you to the test.

# healthcare - Sunday 28 August, 2016

From patching up wounds in south central LA, to bringing cutting-edge healthcare to Donegal

Tom Finn, head of private healthcare firm Affidea Ireland, has had a colourful career to say the least.

# healthcare - Tuesday 23 August, 2016

Majority of complaints against pharmacists relate to dispensing errors

Complaints made against pharmacists fell by nearly a half last year.

# healthcare - Thursday 21 July, 2016

There are 11,519 children waiting over a year to be seen in an Irish hospital Exclusive

An analysis by of data shows the average number of children waiting over 12 months on the inpatient list over the last two years is 1,605% higher than in the two years before that.

# healthcare - Tuesday 12 July, 2016

Number of inpatients on a waiting list for over a year has jumped by 1,535% Exclusive

In June 2016, there were 14,137 people on a waiting list for an inpatient appointment, diagnostic procedure or surgery across Irish hospitals for longer than a year.

# healthcare - Thursday 7 July, 2016

FactCheck: How much worse are hospital waiting lists getting?

There are more and more people on waiting lists – but are things as bad as Fianna Fáil claim?

# healthcare - Thursday 9 June, 2016

Cancer sufferers living in deprived areas 40% more likely to die

Those in less-well-off situations have a 120% higher incidence rate of cervical cancer.

# healthcare - Saturday 4 June, 2016

'I want to be a reliable friend. A better family member. I want to be present. I want Orkambi' talks to three people with cystic fibrosis about what has been a difficult week.

# healthcare - Sunday 22 May, 2016

Justin Bieber could teach our government a thing or two about healthcare

We should follow the singer’s lead and call for a quality public healthcare system, writes Julien Mercille.

# healthcare - Tuesday 26 April, 2016

Public patients waiting 20 times as long for brain scans than private patients

“The grim reality of our healthcare system is that the difference between life and death can come down to your ability to pay for healthcare.”

# healthcare - Wednesday 13 April, 2016

What about this idea? - Caring for older people to pay for your own future care

An Irish student has won an international award for a version of the proposal.

# healthcare - Monday 28 March, 2016

Cuba: If it's such a health superpower, why have thousands of doctors fled?

A total of 1,278 Cuban medics fled to make use of a US parole programme for doctors in 2013 alone.

# healthcare - Saturday 19 March, 2016

Cuba has one of the best healthcare systems in the world... but it pays doctors €46 a month

Fergal Browne explores the two sides of the Revolution’s biggest talking point.

# healthcare - Thursday 25 February, 2016

'Last Tuesday was the hardest and most dangerous shift I've ever worked'

Every morning and every evening nurses are in tears, tears of frustration, despair, hopelessness and exhaustion, writes Carol Cronin.

# healthcare - Thursday 4 February, 2016

WATCH: Despised ex-drug CEO smirks his way through questioning by US politicians

Martin Shkreli, who unapologetically raised the price of a life-saving drug 50 times over, later called the politicians “imbeciles.”