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# Healthcare

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# Industrial Action
Three-quarters of Irish people support nurses as 24-hour strike kicks off around the country
The nurses have gone on strike over what they call a recruitment and retention issue in the healthcare sector.
# Children's Hospital
'It's so badly needed': Harris defends development of children's hospital despite rising costs
Minister for Health Simon Harris appeared before the Health Committee this afternoon.
# Industrial Action
Psychiatric nurses to strike in February over 'recruitment and retention crisis'
They join members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation who are also due to go on strike.
# Abortion
'We had a very short interval': Some practitioners concerned over timing of abortion services
Some hospitals are waiting for the system to be fully up and running before providing the service.
# CervicalCheck
Simon Harris was warned that smear test backlog was 'intensifying concern' among women
“During the Repeal the Eighth campaign you stated that you trusted women… but your behaviour during this debacle suggests otherwise,” one letter said.
# Strike
Nurses and midwives are to go on strike for 24 hours on Wednesday 30 January
Further strike days will follow in February if the dispute goes unresolved, the INMO says.
'We've been brought to this': Nurses and midwives to announce strike action dates
“The last thing the health service needs is a strike,” Health Minister Simon Harris said yesterday.
# Crisis Pregnancy
National Maternity Hospital to begin abortion services on 7 January
There were some concerns in recent weeks that hospitals would not be ready in time.
# ageing population
Irish people are living longer and the birth rate is falling
A new report looks into several areas of both the health of the nation and health services in general.
# pet names
FactCheck: Were Irish hospital staff told to stop calling patients 'love' or 'dear'?
Yesterday it was described as political correctness “gone mad”, but did the HSE even say it?
# Healthcare
'People crying in the ward alone': Patients describe their experiences in Irish hospitals
Patients have highlighted issues with communication from their doctors and the discharge process.
# Healthcare
Mother pleads for funding as daughter spends over 115 days in Wexford General Hospital
The teenager’s family want her moved to a more appropriate residential care unit.
# Prisoners
'He fought to maintain his sanity': Posters go up near Mountjoy raising awareness of prisoner healthcare
The posters use archive photographs and historical information about Irish prisons.
# Medical Cards
How access to health services differs if you've private insurance or are 'in the twilight zone'
Ireland’s two-tiered system contributes to the type of service patients receive, even from public providers, a new report has found.
# Healthcare
Ireland's pay rates are not pushing more nurses, midwives and doctors to work abroad - report
The report said that there were issues around recruiting consultants with certain specialities in specific areas.
# Healthcare
'It's a battle for resources': Questions asked about ambulance delays in Monaghan
There have been a number of “inordinate” delays in Monaghan, prompting councillors to ask for an explanation.
# Healthcare
HSE says 'there is no question' of downgrading University Hospital Kerry despite local concerns
Sinn Féin councillor Toiréasa Ferris says she is worried the hospital could be ‘downgraded by stealth’
# Cavan
Parents of toddler who was unresponsive for an hour given 'mixed messages' about ambulance location
“Another 2 minutes and we would have been dealing with a very different outcome,” the parents were told at the Cavan hospital.
# patient safety
Injuries or near-injuries of patients at Irish hospitals jumped last year
There were an average of 160 patient safety incidents per day last year.
# High Court
Emma Mhic Mhathúna receives extra portion of settlement to purchase Dublin home close to treatment
A Dublin home would mean the mother wouldn’t have to travel to and from Kerry for her cancer treatment.
# Hospitals
Ireland spends €20 billion per year on healthcare, here's where the money goes
There was a 10% increase in health expenditure between 2011 and 2016.
# smear test scandal
Of 204 requests for CervicalCheck files, just over half have been answered
There’s been a massive spike in requests this year for files from the CervicalCheck programme.
# cash up front
CervicalCheck interim report says €2k payment should be given to women affected immediately
Today’s interim report has recommended that women should not encounter any financial obstacles while participating in investigations.
# baby thomas
State settles case with Drogheda family over death of eight-day-old baby
In July 2014, baby Thomas died after a feeding tube was inserted into a chamber of his heart.
# Hospice
For parents of children who are seriously ill, guilt is a common feeling they grapple with
Dr Aidan McKiernan, a Senior Clinical Psychologist with the LauraLynn Children’s Hospice, spoke to ahead of Children’s Hospice Week.
# Survey
Dentists claim rise in tooth extractions caused by structure of medical card scheme
The Irish Dental Association has found that 90% of dentists say they are dissatisfied with the level of care they can provide under the scheme.
# 8th amendment
'I was in pain all the time': Pregnant woman denied treatment for 'gangrenous ovarian cyst'
Kate Campbell had to have her ovary, fallopian tube and part of her abdominal wall removed.
# CervicalCheck
One of 208 women affected by smear test scandal 'fighting' to get medical card back
The woman was recently told that her smear test had been reviewed and a different action could have been taken.
# Maternity services
Portiuncula Hospital review found 'serious management errors' made in cases of 10 babies
The report looked at 18 cases of maternity care at the Galway hospital.
# CervicalCheck
There are 10 active legal claims made in relation to CervicalCheck smear tests
Legal proceedings against the HSE or laboratories involved in smear tests have commenced in 6 of those cases.
# Eighth Amendment
Savita Halappanavar: Her tragic death and how she became part of Ireland's abortion debate
Her name and face are known the country over. She left a mark on Ireland, its medical care and its laws.
'Between the doctor, antibiotics and the four days off, it was €600 that I will never see again'
While health inequalities affect people of different backgrounds, those who have precarious jobs are in especially difficult situations, writes Sinead Pembroke.
# Referendum
Need a crash course in the history of the Eighth Amendment?
Get yourself up to speed.
# Debate
Belfast City Council passes motion to decriminalise use of abortion pills
The North’s abortion laws are considered some of the most severe in the world, according to Amnesty.
# intervention
Doctors want to bring in alcohol tests for pregnant women
The aim of the tests would be to reduce instances of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders in Ireland.
# Roscommon
13-year-old girl waited 50 minutes for ambulance after neurological attack
A local TD has said that the air ambulance should have responded to the 999 call.
# Midlands
'The problem has advanced significantly': Mullingar man waits 9 years for orthodontic treatment
Fine Gael TD Peter Burke has said that prompt treatment was critical in terms of young adults’ body image.
# Lancet
Single dads at higher risk of premature death than single mothers or couples - study
Single fathers ate fewer fruit and vegetables, and were more likely to binge drink than single mothers and partnered parents, the study found.
# peak flu
55 people have died during this year's flu season
The HSE says that we may have reached peak flu season this week.
# Letterkenny Hospital
Radiologist position 'has been empty for seven years'
Calls have been made for rural doctors to be paid a premium.