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Friday 3 February 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# Hospitals

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# war tactics
'Indiscriminate and widespread destruction': Ambulances repeatedly targeted in Syria
How the ‘weaponisation of healthcare’ is being used as a war tactic.
# ImAtWorkLeo
#WeAreWorking: Doctors and nurses remind Leo of their sacrifices over the Christmas period
Varadkar felt the ire of frontline staff in November this month when he suggested that consultants should not take holidays in the first week of the year.
# at risk
Nurses are the victims in 70% of assaults in Irish hospitals
Figures from the HSE show how frequently nursing staff are assaulted.
# 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.
# Daycase Access Plan
Simon Harris acknowledges there is 'more work to be done' as inpatient waiting lists fall across Ireland
The number of patients waiting more than 9 months for treatment has reduced by 38%.
Voices
Opinion: 'An enormous burden falls on the shoulders of our nurses in Ireland'
Our healthcare system in Ireland needs our nurses more than ever but measuring their performance has not been a priority, says former INMO General Secretary Liam Doran.
# hospital shut down
Nurses and doctors should not be on Christmas holidays in the first weeks of January - Taoiseach
The Taoiseach says hospitals effectively close down over the Christmas period and that needs to end.
# warning
'Perfect storm' will see over 1,000 people on trolleys this winter
The IMO has said the situation won’t be due to a “flu crisis”, rather a “failure of policy”.
# building inspections
HSE reviewing hospitals built by WBS but says there are currently 'no safety concerns'
The company was involved in the construction of the extension to Beaumont Hospital.
# crisis
Almost 10,000 over-75s left lying on trolleys for more than 24 hours in first eight months of year
Fianna Fáil’s Stephen Donnelly said the situation is far worse than last year.
# final notice
HSE spent €600,000 last year on debt collectors to chase patients for unpaid bills
The Irish Cancer Society recently called for the government to abolish inpatient charges for cancer patients in the forthcoming Budget.
# nursing vacancies
'Worst August on record' for hospital overcrowding with almost 8,000 on trolleys
The HSE has said it regrets any delays experienced by patients.
# warning
Hospitals warned about safety of patient trolleys after reports of some malfunctioning
The HPRA said that it is aware of complaints made from an Irish hospital regarding the Tautmann UT10 patient trolley.
# 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.
# Dublin
HSE issues warning after two confirmed cases of measles in Dublin
Members of the public have been advised that the two infected people attended a number of hospitals where it is possibly they passed on the illness.
# reform needed
Doctors say emergency departments are 'death zones' due to overcrowding
The Irish Medical Organisation has said that additional resources are needed immediately.
# 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.
# off the charts
A patient's medical chart 'was found on top of a glass cabinet in a hospital'
The special report on the hospitals sector was carried out in 20 Irish hospitals.
# running costs
'Somebody needs to shout stop': HSE nursing homes cost a lot more to run than private ones
New figures show a significant discrepancy in the weekly costs of providing long-term residential care for elderly people.
# Storm Emma
Emergency Department attendances rise sharply today in wake of Storm Emma
During the course of Storm Emma, the HSE saw a 41% reduction in attendances at Emergency Departments.
# Severe Weather
All non-urgent outpatient procedures in Leinster and Munster cancelled
Three children’s hospitals are also cancelling planned admissions and outpatient appointments.
# er
Major traumas will be sent to hospitals in either Dublin or Cork under new plan
A specialist trauma unit will also be located in a third location.
# Injured
Nearly four cyclists are hospitalised in Ireland every day
Fifteen cyclists died in road traffic incidents last year.
# Overcrowding
Varadkar doesn't want anyone to face 'indignity' caused by waiting on a trolley
The Taoiseach said he was speaking as both a doctor and a grandson whose grandmother is “regularly in and out of hospital”.
# stark warning
'Inconceivable' that health system would be able to deal with mass casualty event
A senior doctor has warned that the system cannot deal with the day-to-day workload.
# Overcrowding
'No effort being spared' says Health Minister after trolley numbers reach record high
A record high of 656 people were waiting on trolleys as 2018 began, according to the INMO.
# postponed surgeries
A number of people have died due to flu, as two strains of the virus hit Ireland
Elective surgeries have been postponed in some hospitals in a bid to prioritise emergencies.
# irish hospitals
One in five women doctors in Ireland claim to have been sexually harassed
Bully and sexual harassment remain common in Ireland’s medical workplaces, according to the IMO.
# INMO
'Detrimental and harmful': There were over 80,000 people on hospital trolleys so far this year
The INMO said the overcrowding situation is having a “serious, detrimental and harmful effect” on patients.
# 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.
AS IT HAPPENED
The aftermath of Storm Ophelia is being assessed across the country
Here’s what you need to know about power outages, public transport and fallen trees.
# not letting it go
HSE spent nearly €3 million pursuing unpaid hospital charges using debt collectors
The health authority spent nearly €3 million on debt recovery during the period 2011 to 2017.
# Infection
'It's a serial killer': Detection rates on the rise as staff become 'sepsis aware'
Simon Harris said hospital staff are now trained to be more “sepsis aware”.
# next of kin
HSE spent almost €300k burying people who were homeless or had no known family
The money was spent over the last three years.
# blood bikes
An indispensable service you may never have heard of just completed its 10,000th delivery
Blood Bikes East, a volunteer courier service of elite bikers transporting urgent medical supplies, has operated entirely free of charge since its inception in 2012.
# counting the cost
'The last thing a cancer patient needs is to be charged this much for parking'
A petition is being delivered to a group which operates hospitals in Dublin, Cavan and Louth today.
# Waiting Lists
'Scandalous': The number of children waiting over 18 months for appointments rises by 450%
A total of 52,257 child patients were waiting at any length of time for their first appointment at the end of July.
# common ground
'Everyone in Ireland deserves to have a good death'
The Irish Hospice Foundation has said investing in bereavement services and end-of-life care will benefit society as a whole.
# record high
There were over 50,000 people on hospital trolleys in the first six months of 2017
The INMO said that this was further evidence that our health service “simply cannot cope with the demands”.
# 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.