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# hiqa - Wednesday 9 October, 2013

University Hospital Galway apologises to Praveen Halappanavar and family

The apology comes after the publication of a damning HIQA report into Savita’s treatment at University Hospital Galway.

Damning Savita report details litany of hospital care failures

A report from HIQA details the care received by Savita Halappanavar at University Hospital Galway in October 2012.

The 5 at 5: Wednesday

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This shocking graph shows 13 "missed opportunities" in treatment of Savita

Red crosses show points at which intervention might have helped Savita in the four days before she died at University Hospital Galway one year ago.

# hiqa - Tuesday 8 October, 2013

HSE to close children's unit following inspection

A report by HIQA found that a Monaghan care unit did not have adequate fire safety procedures in place, leading to a decision to close it.

# hiqa - Thursday 19 September, 2013

Patients at infection risk due to poor hand-hygiene

HIQA has found that a number of hospitals, including St. James in Dublin, are falling below required hand-hygiene standards.

# hiqa - Saturday 7 September, 2013

Almost 400 children on child services waiting lists in Waterford

A HIQA inspection into Child Protection and Welfare Service in the county highlighted the problem but the HSE says it is working on clearing the lists.

# hiqa - Friday 6 September, 2013

Action taken on Mayo foster service over safety concerns

The HIQA report found that an immediate action plan had to be put in place – an “exceptional regulatory activity”.

# hiqa - Wednesday 4 September, 2013

Drugs fridge in unsecure area left unlocked at Beaumont Hospital

Hygiene issues identified during an assessment by HIQA may have presented a ‘serious risk’ to patients, a report also found.

# hiqa - Friday 16 August, 2013

The 5 at 5: Friday

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Patients at risk at 'unclean' Waterford Regional Hospital by lack of hand washing

Waterford was not alone in criticism as HIQA also released reports for St Michael’s Hospital, Portiuncula Hospital, Louth County Hospital and Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan.

# hiqa - Friday 26 July, 2013

Food, restraint and family: Reports give insight into foster care

In some centres, children and young people engaged in risk-taking behaviour, inspection reports from HIQA found.

# hiqa - Tuesday 16 July, 2013

Almost 1-in-4 responses to 'life-threatening' 999 calls not meeting HIQA targets

In 65 per cent of cases, ambulances aren’t arriving at the scene within the 19 minute response time set-out by the health watchdog.

# hiqa - Friday 21 June, 2013

Maternity unit and patient equipment at Tipperary hospital are unclean

The Health Information and Quality Authority has carried out inspections on five hospitals with South Tipperary General Hospital coming in for particularly strong criticism.

# hiqa - Thursday 20 June, 2013

Persistent staffing problems identified at Donegal nursing home

A lack of dedicated cleaning staff meant some residents’ facilities were ‘heavily soiled’, HIQA found.

# hiqa - Thursday 30 May, 2013

Juvenile offenders were sent to their rooms for up to 2 hours a day

A HIQA report into Oberstown House detention school has found that the school has met all of the 13 recommendations set out in an action plan.

# hiqa - Monday 20 May, 2013

"Excessive and problematic" drinking by nursing home residents

HIQA found that residents at a Tipperary nursing home socialised, but that at times their alcohol consumption led to challenging behaviours.

# hiqa - Tuesday 14 May, 2013

Watchdog to inspect disability centres for the first time

There are around 9,500 people living in residential centres around the country – and this is the first time the centres will be subject to independent scrutiny.

# hiqa - Friday 10 May, 2013

Problems identified by child protection inspectors

The Health Information and Quality Authority published its findings from the HSE Carlow/Kilkenny local health area.

# hiqa - Friday 26 April, 2013

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Uncleanliness led to serious risks for patients at Sligo Hospital

HIQA inspectors identified a number of specific issues that present “immediate serious risks” to patients.

The 5 at 5: Friday

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Health risks in hospital baby baths discovered in random inspection

A HIQA assessment of Letterkenny General Hospital finds that the absence of a cleaning system poses a risk to child health.

# hiqa - Friday 19 April, 2013

Combination of MRI and mammography could improve breast cancer detection

Mammography is the primary breast imaging method used for screening in Ireland but MRI is more sensitive and improves detection rates.

# hiqa - Thursday 18 April, 2013

Stronger breast cancer surveillance will reduce health service costs - report

A report published by HIQA today recommends annual scans for women who have an elevated risk due to familial or genetic factors.

# hiqa - Tuesday 26 February, 2013

New child protection inspections to bring Ireland in line with international standards

The inspections will see the State’s children and families services subject to independent inspection and monitoring for the first time.

# hiqa - Monday 25 February, 2013

Child protection and welfare services to be monitored for first time ever

The move was announced today by HIQA, who said that it would help make children “the top priority”.

# hiqa - Thursday 21 February, 2013

'Worrying' HIQA report raises questions about safety of foster children in Dublin North West

The report found some children had remained in placements despite allegations being made about foster carers.

# hiqa - Friday 15 February, 2013

National targets for ambulance response times to be abandoned

James Reilly is to come up with alternative ways of measuring the performance of the National Ambulance Service.

# hiqa - Wednesday 13 February, 2013

Leaked Savita death report backs government's decision to legislate - Rabbitte

The Evening Herald has obtained a draft HSE report into the death of the Indian woman at University Hospital Galway last October.

# hiqa - Wednesday 30 January, 2013

HIQA: Poor hand-washing in Irish hospitals potentially putting patients at risk

The HIQA hygiene reports also found wide variations in hospital cleanliness.

# hiqa - Monday 21 January, 2013

Report: 117 unauthorised absences from one HSE care home

One teenager absconded 72 times from the centre, according to a report by HIQA.

# hiqa - Friday 4 January, 2013

HSE takes control of Mullross Nursing Home

The move comes after HIQA cancelled the provider’s registration.

# hiqa - Wednesday 19 December, 2012

HIQA announces 12-person team to lead Savita inquiry

The team will be led by Dr Paul Fogarty, a consultant obstetrician from the Ulster Hospital in Belfast.

# hiqa - Friday 23 November, 2012

Savita death: James Reilly to “reflect” on meeting with Praveen Halappanavar

The Health Minister has met with the husband of the woman who died in controversial circumstances at Galway University Hospital last month at a hotel in Galway today.

Confirmed: HIQA to investigate the death of Savita Halappanavar

The investigation will assess “safety, quality and standards of services” provided at the Galway where hospital where Savita died last month following a miscarriage.

The 9 at 9: Friday

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HIQA board to decide if it will investigate Savita death today

The board of the health watchdog meets today to consider a request to hold a statutory investigation into the woman’s death at a Galway hospital last month.

# hiqa - Thursday 22 November, 2012

HIQA considers request to hold statutory investigation into Savita death

The health watchdog has been requested by the HSE to examine the controversial death.

Deadline for HSE response to HIQA over Savita death today

The health watchdog has sought assurances about the safety of maternity care at the Galway hospital where Savita Halappanavar died last month.