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# Healthcare

All time
# gender diversity
Why there are so few female surgeons: 'There's definitely an issue around being competitive in an interview'
Yesterday, the Royal College of Surgeons launched a report that aims to increase their female representation.
# bumping up figures
HSE to ask women working in the health sector how they balance maternity with work
Just 7% of all surgeons in Ireland are women.
# surviving cancer
Life after cancer treatment: 'Your family don't know how to deal with it - you’re all at sea'
Dick Murray was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1993.
# waterford cath lab
Sinn Féin seeks to speed up cath lab review with new politics
David Cullinane says the bill will inject “a sense of urgency” into the issue.
# Mental Health
'I was beside myself with worry': Ireland shifts its approach to fighting cancer
Emotional support and aftercare will be an important development in how people with, or who had cancer, are looked after.
# waterford cath lab
'I had a heart attack myself - if people don't get help in that first hour, they won't make it'
Around 200 people gathered outside Dáil Éireann today to call for 24-hour cardiac care for Waterford and the South-East.
# cancer risk
Study to begin on rolling out free HPV vaccine scheme to boys
The HPV virus can lead to cervical, penile and throat cancer in some cases.
# healthcare in crisis
GPs will launch campaign to encourage patients to seek treatment abroad
General practitioners will be starting an “information drive” to highlight the benefits of an EU healthcare scheme.
# liver cancer
Thai doctors battle to stop people eating a 'silent killer' fish dish
The raw fish meal ‘koi pla’ attract parasites that can cause a lethal liver cancer which kills up to 20,000 Thais annually.
# Eighth Amendment
Doctor who led Savita inquiry: 'Ireland can't depend on UK for 3,000 abortions a year'
“If I’m the Irish government, I should take responsibility for Irish women,” Professor Arulkumaran told
# Healthcare
25 legal abortions were carried out in Ireland in 2016
The Department of Health has released its figures of the number of terminations carried out in Ireland last year.
# protect and inspect
A growing problem: There were over 1,000 cases of melanoma in Ireland in 2014
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Ireland, and 16% of those who are diagnosed die from the disease.
# cath lab
Crowds gather at Waterford hospital after man dies while being transferred to Cork
A 40-year-old man from Waterford died while being transported in an ambulance to a hospital in Cork.
# Under Pressure
'People are dying on waiting lists': Harris urged to fix health service once and for all
The Future of Healthcare report which aims to reform the health service over 10 years has been criticised for the spending it proposes.
# Waterford
Teenager spent 14 days in adult psychiatric ward room 'barely bigger than the bed'
The case was brought to the attention of the Minister for Mental Health and the Taoiseach’s office.
# worrying trend
Obesity 'epidemic' affects one in 10 people worldwide - study
Researchers said there was a worrying rise in the number of obese children across the world.
# Annual Report
The highest paid person in the HSE last year received almost €600,000
The HSE’s spend on legal and professional fees increased by 28.6% last year – rising from €47m to €60.5m.
# definitions of success
'Don't keep it a secret': One in five female doctors has been sexually harassed at work
Nearly half of female doctors delay starting a family for career reasons.
# Swiped
Hospital sacks healthcare assistant for stealing €50 note from unresponsive patient
The man denied it before offering to hand over €50.
# discharge summary
Mullingar hospital apologises to new mother after a 'series of errors'
After suffering from bleeding and ongoing pain, the woman was not contacted by the hospital and eventually had to go to A&E.
# West of Ireland
Elderly Connemara man had to wait 57 minutes on roadside for an ambulance
“Why doesn’t the HSE pull the finger out and give us the means to contribute fully,” Galway GP Peter Sloane said.
# World MS Day
"Adam says to me 'You have MS mum, but I’ve got to wear glasses'"
“I’ll stand up in Leinster House tomorrow and be announced as a person with MS – but that’s such a tiny bit of who I am.”
# National Maternity Hospital
'It was clear that public opinion influenced the Sisters of Charity's decision'
But who now owns the National Maternity Hospital? The government still needs to clarify its position.
# health plan
Trump healthcare plan would 'leave 23 million without health insurance'
Premiums would cost less, but only because they would cover less.
# irish heart
Why don't Irish people get their blood pressure checked?
High blood pressure can cause a heart attack, stroke or cognitive difficulty in later life.
# Healthcare
Concern about doctors without specialist training filling consultant posts
Consultants say these doctors do not have the expertise necessary to make the right decisions for patients.
# chocolate and ipads
Chocolate could encourage nurses to get flu vaccine, committee hears
There was a discussion around what is causing a mistrust of vaccines, which have eradicated many diseases in Ireland.
One-fifth of Irish people have witnessed poor care for the elderly
A significant number of people have witnessed physical or emotional abuse in home care services.
# Overcrowding
Patients placed on chairs and beds in corridors of Waterford psychiatric unit
A 16-year-old patient spent the night in a chair at the adult psychiatric unit last week.
# Emergency Contraception
Morning after pill: Medical card holders to get access without prescription
Pharmacists have argued that prescription requirements limited medical card holders’ access to the contraceptive.
Residents' favourite foods withheld: The problems found in Ireland's care services
At one hospital, “patients who were unable to walk did not have access to fresh drinking water”.
# us talkshow host
'It's a very terrifying thing': Jimmy Kimmel opens up about newborn son's heart surgery
“Even that Matt Damon sent flowers,” Kimmel said during a monologue on access to healthcare.
# landmark survey
Want to give feedback on your hospital treatment? From today, you can
Patients discharged between now and the end of May will be able to complete the National Patient Experience Survey.
# feeling gloomy
'I want to die here, not on some miserable grey street in Manchester' - British expats in Spain fearful of the Brexit effect
Free public healthcare and a state pension guaranteed to increase with inflation are just two of the perks expats could lose when Brexit takes hold.
# You Don't Have the votes
Trump forced to withdraw Obamacare replacement in major political defeat
House Republicans indicated the vote would lose.
# megan halvey-ryan
Teen who spoke about scoliosis pain on the Late Late Show will finally get her surgery today
Megan Halvey-Ryan’s surgery has been delayed several times before.
# the new obamacare
Republican introduces 'World’s Greatest Healthcare Plan' as politicians debate Trump proposals
Several major hospitals and medical organisations have opposed Trump’s plans.
# disabilities
85% jump in number of complaints received about HSE care of vulnerable adults
A cost-saving decision to move people with severe intellectual disabilities away from their long-term home was overturned.
# trumpcare
Trump targets critic by name on Twitter after Republican backlash to his health plan
“This is Obamacare Lite, it will not pass,” Senator Rand Paul fumed.
Ireland 'perfect' for e-booking system that solved Macedonia's waiting list crisis
Since July 2013, doctors in Macedonia can book patients an appointment with a consultant online.