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# Healthcare

All time
# 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.
# clipped wings
Selling energy drinks to children: No plans from other retailers to copy Aldi's ban
Retailers such as Dunnes Stores, Centra and SuperValu haven’t announced any plans to follow Aldi’s lead.
# bmj study
Smoking one cigarette a day instead of 20 'just halves your risk of a heart attack'
“In order to get the big benefits on cardiovascular disease [smokers] need to quit completely,” the lead author said.
# north wicklow
Simon Harris 'concerned' about care terminally-ill woman received over New Year's weekend
The woman’s daughter, Siobhán Tobin, wrote an open letter to the Health Minister about trying to access out of hours services.
# Scan Scandal
Scan review: 34 patients were asked to go back to University Hospital Kerry
All have been given the all-clear since their fresh investigations.
# Maternity services
Long queues at Rotunda Hospital partly caused by new IT system
The hospital has received two complaints in relation to yesterday’s long waiting times.
'A knife was pulled on me for refusing a prescription': GPs want more protection from violent patients
A union representing GPs say there’s been an increase in the number of attacks on their members over the past several years; GPs want the HSE to put a process in place to protect staff and patients.
# mary comber
'I don't want to jump queues': Thousands waiting up to 4 years for cataract surgery
The eye condition causes a person’s vision to become impaired, and is the leading cause of blindness in the world.
'What was particularly scary about these voices is I am deaf and don’t normally hear people talking'
Karen Sinnott writes about her struggle to get treatment – and her journey to the UK.
# we're gettin' old
Demand for every kind of health service in Ireland is set to go through the roof in the next 13 years
According to the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) Ireland’s rapidly growing (and ageing) population will create a huge demand for healthcare by 2030.
# phoenix hospital
Not everyone's happy with the name for the children's hospital
It’s going to be called the Phoenix Children’s Health.
# out of the ashes
The new children's hospital will be called... Phoenix Children's Health
The project is projected to cost over €1 billion in full and is due to be completed in 2021.
# storm ophelia
After some confusion, hospitals told to pay doctors and nurses who didn't go to work on Monday
There was some confusion over what employees should do in the event of national red weather warnings.
# Healthcare
Trump dismantles major Obamacare payments in 'spiteful act'
The Health and Human Services department made the announcement in a statement late last night.
# budget 2018
Vat rate on sunbed services almost doubles to 23%
Senator Catherine Noone said that sunbeds are currently defined as “care of the human body”.
# Co Clare
Drain cleaning fluid 'got mixed with water' at Ennis dental surgeries
The HSE is currently in contact with the parents of up to 43 children to see if they were affected by the problem.
# Loughlinstown
Minister: Hospital followed procedure in case of man who suffered heart attack after being turned away
In August, a Wicklow man suffered a heart attack hours after being refused treatment at a hospital.
# amd
'Once the damage is done, it's done': This condition is causing sight loss in thousands of Irish every year
Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of sight loss in people aged 50 and over in Ireland.
# deep breath
The UK is getting slammed for its air quality levels - so how does Ireland fare?
The UK’s poor air quality ratings are thought to cause more than 40,000 premature deaths a year.
'Did you know your electronic health records can sell for as much as €40 on the dark web?'
Some of your personal details may already be available for sale on the dark web awaiting a purchaser. The only certainty is that the next attack is coming – the only question is when, writes Ronan Murphy.
# John Kelly
'They brought the Liam MacCarthy to him in hospital': Former All-Ireland winner on the long road to recovery
Former patients were at Beaumont Hospital this week to thank the staff that cared for him.
# Results Night
Free shots and Jägerbombs: Parents told to warn Leaving Cert students of 'pervasive' drinks promos
A HSE expert says drinks promotions can encourage students to drink a lot in a short space of time and lead them into dangerous situations.
# Critical
HSE criticised for not knowing length of waiting lists for CT and MRI scans
The HSE said it’s been “working to establish a system to track waiting lists for a range of diagnostic procedures”.
# Lisa Needs Braces
There has been a big drop in people getting HSE-funded dental treatments
New CSO figures show a 16.4% drop in HSE-funded dental treatments between 2013 and 2016.
# healthcare vote
McCain: 'We are not the president's subordinates. We are his equal'
John McCain received a standing ovation from his colleagues as he entered the chamber.
# Healthcare
John McCain returns to Washington after blood clot surgery to vote on Obamacare
The 80-year-old senator has been diagnosed with brain cancer.
# global shift
For the first time, over half of people with HIV are taking AIDS drugs
The United Nations report’s authors claimed that the data proved the “scales have finally tipped”.