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# Health
Dáil hears calls for justice for survivors of symphysiotomy
Symphysiotomy was a practice used during childbirth during the last century before the advent of safe Caesarean sections. However, it was used for longer in Ireland because of Catholic religious and ideological circumstances.
# Health
Mater Hospital issues capacity alert after ‘exceptionally busy week’
An alert was issued to staff at the Dublin hospital earlier today after it reached full capacity. The alert level has since been lowered with some pressures in the emergency department still being experienced.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Friday
Your nightly news round-up…
# Air Ambulance
Air Corps flies five air ambulance missions in 60 hours
Patients and HSE teams were carried between Casement Aerodrome and locations in England and the Czech Republic.
# Children
Paediatric emergency ward overcrowding at 'alarming levels', warns health group
The Irish Association for Emergency Medicine says paediatric emergency dept overcrowding has risen 700 per cent in three years.
# Health
Almost 12,000 patients waiting on hospital procedures for more than 6 months
The HSE’s report for December 2011 also showed that 62 posts – mostly in emergency medicine and psychiatry – need to be filled.
# Waterford
Waterford hospital spent €7.1 million on agency staff over three years
Waterford Regional Hospital went from spending €800,000 on agency staff in 2009 to €3.2 million in 2011 – but the health minister said this amount is not significant compared to other hospitals.
# Daily Fix
Daily Fix: Wednesday
In today’s Fix: household charge campaign; health service ‘reduction’; and the best way to get onto a crowded bus…
# Hospitals
Shortfall of doctors in Emergency Departments
A review by the Irish Association for Emergency Medicine shows there is an “unsafe deficit” within a certain grade in the Emergency Medicine tier, even after the recruitment of staff from abroad.
Rates of MRSA drop to the lowest recorded in Ireland
However, we still has a “relatively high” prevalence of the infection in comparison to the majority of European countries.
# Waiting Lists
Surgery waiting lists to be cut to 9 months by 2013 - Reilly
The health minister has unveiled ambitious new plans for the Special Delivery Unit, lowering the maximum time for treatment.
# Cartography
Handy new online map shows how far you are from a hospital
A map produced by an observatory based at NUI Maynooth will also show distribution of train stations or schools.
# Health Insurance
James Reilly to blame for rising health insurance costs - FF
The Minister for Health should reverse a “dangerous” policy which is pricing people out of the health insurance market, a Fianna Fáil TD has said.
# Health
2011 worst year for number of patients on trolleys - INMO
Over 86,400 people were left on trolleys as 2,229 public beds remain closed.
# Shock therapy
Hospital patient receives $44million bill... by mistake
Pneumonia sufferer Alexis Rodriguez said he “almost had an asthma attack” after opening the bill from a New York hospital.
# Health
HSE to close 555 nursing home beds and cut hospital budgets
The HSE has outlined how it will save €750 million over the next 12 months.
# Hospitals
'All services' to continue at hospital clinic as quarter of jobs are cut
Nurses have said the cut to Cavan and Monaghan outpatient departments will have a “devastating effect” on patient care.
# Health Spending
Ireland's health spending among highest in OECD
As a portion of the government’s income, Ireland’s health spending is higher than many of the world’s developed countries.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Monday
In tonight’s Fix: The fallout (not literally) from the death of Kim Jong-il; Ireland’s health under the microscope; and is it New Year’s resolution time already?
# Health
Ireland's vital signs: The nation's health over the last decade
New figures outline how Ireland’s health has changed over the last ten years. We’ve picked out what’s getting better – and what’s getting worse.
# Health
"No one will die" because of health cuts, says Minister
In a radio interview this morning, Health Minister James Reilly has said that no one will die in Irish hospitals because of the cuts announced in yesterday’s Budget.
Column: How many people will austerity kill?
The debate on the health service is a morass of figures. But cuts are life-or-death moral choices, writes Aaron McKenna.
Column: My night in the emergency department
Hospital staff say emergency departments are in crisis – but how is the experience for patients? Clare Kleinedler writes about the night she found out…
# Health Service
HSE chief executive to be questioned by TDs and senators
Cathal Magee will face questions about the health service crisis when he appears before an Oireachtas committee.
# Hospitals
Dept of Health to give €3 million to hospitals - but "crisis situation" remains
The general secretary of the INMO said the money is welcomed – but that Ireland’s Emergency Departments are in a “crisis situation”.
Column: ‘The system is sick’ – inside a hospital emergency department
Dozens of patients on trolleys and a handful of nurses struggling to keep up – emergency department nurse Anne Burke tells about a system in crisis.
# Abbeyleix
'Shocked' residents battle to save Abbeyleix nursing unit from closure
Closing the unit down will unfairly target its vulnerable and elderly residents, leaders of the campaign told
Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads
The very best of the week’s writing from around the globe.
# Health
Hospitals told to improve fee collections - or face sanctions
Hospitals are currently owed more than €200 million in relation to patient private charges – €85 million of which is caused by consultants not signing off on insurance claims.
# Hospitals
Please don't send patients here, hospital department tells GPs
The dermatology department at a Limerick hospital has urged local GPs to refer patients elsewhere “in the interest of safety”.
# Hospitals
Government to outsource senior management positions at two hospitals
James Reilly says he had tried to fill vacancies at hospitals in Galway and Limerick internally, before considering external candidates.
# Closure
Emergency department shutdown 'will worsen overcrowding' in Cork
A local doctor has expressed fears over the closure at the city’s South Infirmary, which was announced today.
# Overcrowding
Overcrowding making conditions "almost unbearable" in Galway hospital - INMO
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation says a bed capacity problem means an urgent need to re-open closed benches.
# Protest
Protesters bid to save Loughlinstown emergency department
Emergency 24-hour care at the hospital is due to be suspended, in the same way as in Roscommon.
# Hospitals
28 beds to be cut at Blanchardstown to keep hospital under budget
Staff at Connolly Hospital are told the hospital is €5m over budget – and that 28 beds must be cut in order to lower costs.
# Overcrowding
Simple change to hospital management could save hundreds of lives - doctors
The Irish Association of Emergency Medicine believes changing the management of emergency departments could save hundreds of lives.
# Junior Doctors
HSE spends €80,000 housing Asian doctors - but many cannot work
Almost half the junior doctors recruited in India and Pakistan earlier this year have not been able to join hospital teams.
# Hospitals
Almost 2,000 near miss incidents and security events at Crumlin
There were 251 complaints and 1,954 near miss/incidents and security events at the hospital between the months of January and September 2010, according to reports.