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# Hospitals

    # died by suicide
    'It makes no sense': The HSE does not record the number of suicides at hospitals
    Sinn Féin TD Pat Buckley wants the HSE to keep a record of all those who die by suicide in Irish hospitals.
    # 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.
    # RSVP
    Hospital patient 'no shows' are costing the State nearly €12m
    Minister of State Catherine Byrne said the administrative cost associated with non-attendance is approximately €25 per patient visit.
    # record highs
    These are the most overcrowded hospitals in the country
    There’s been an improvement in Dublin, but things are getting worse in other counties.
    # HIQA
    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”.
    # Pricey
    Irish hospital car parks charged more than €19.2 million in parking fees in 2016
    Cork University Hospital generated €3.1 million in 2016, while the car park at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin raised €464,000 in the same year.
    # 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.
    # San Bernardino
    Two dead, two children critical following elementary school shooting in southern California
    The shooting has reportedly resulted from a ‘domestic incident’. The remaining students at the school have been evacuated to another nearby school.
    # Medicine
    Older people ending up in hospital due to inappropriate prescriptions
    People over the age of 65 are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of medicine.
    # Your Say
    Poll: Should the State take over hospitals owned by the Catholic Church?
    There have been calls for the hospitals to be handed over, amid criticism in relation to compensation owed to abuse victims.
    # freedom to work
    Trainee doctors in the US can work 24-hour shifts under new rules
    Groups representing medical students, interns and residents oppose the loosening of work-shift caps.
    # Building Blocks
    Simon Harris defends use of prefabs on hospital sites
    It is planned that prefabs would be used in order to deal with overcrowding.
    # patient cancellations
    An 'appalling' 2,876 surgeries were cancelled last month
    In January, 467 surgeries were cancelled at Galway University Hospital alone – most were cancelled by patients.
    # Trolleywatch
    'Groundhog Day' as month begins with 600 people on hospital trolleys
    The figure of 601 is just short of the high of 612 patients on trolleys at the beginning of January.
    # Reality check
    Ireland has one of the worst hospital waiting times in Europe
    We also ranked the fifth worst for getting value out of the money we put into our healthcare system.
    # Hospital overcrowding
    'If this many people were dying in another way, there’d be war over it'
    What do doctors and nurses want done to tackle hospital overcrowding and record numbers on trolleys? More beds, for starters.
    # Fatal
    The flu has caused 29 deaths and 835 hospitalisations this winter and will remain for up to four weeks
    “There is still a significant amount of flu in our community … this is higher than it has been in a number of years.”
    # Hospitals
    HSE halves long-term waiting lists, but 1,700 people still waiting 18 months for treatment
    Simon Harris welcomed the news, but said more needs to be done.
    # Overcrowding
    Alan Kelly says his prediction of 'hell in our hospitals' has come true
    He wants private hospital facilities to be used to help ease the pressure on emergency departments in public hospitals.
    # Perfect Storm
    Paramedics 'disturbed' over delays bringing patients to Emergency Departments
    Siptu members said today that delays of between one and three hours have been observed across the country.
    # inside Irish hospitals
    Patients describe nurses 'red in the face' from work and guilt of seeing elderly on trolleys
    Over 600 people are still on trolleys in Ireland’s hospitals today, the second highest figure ever recorded.
    # Health
    There are currently 612 people waiting for beds in Irish hospitals
    The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) says it sets a new record.
    # Healthcare
    Cork hospital so busy since Christmas Day, it's asking people to stay away
    There was a huge surge in demand over the Christmas period.
    # Homeward Bound
    Harris wants to woo Irish nurses home, but only 36 turned up on first day of recruitment drive
    The HSE is hosting three open recruitment days for nurses and midwives in Dublin over the Christmas period.
    # Trolley Watch
    There has actually been a slight drop in people on hospital trolleys this year
    While the numbers on trolleys is down 1% this year, figures for November were described as “particularly alarming”.
    # Waiting Times
    The doctor revamping emergency departments in the US has some advice for Irish hospitals
    “The patient doesn’t care who pays a salary or what title you have. People on the frontline need to be integrated in the decision making process.”
    # flu epidemic
    Alan Kelly wants state access to private hospitals to avoid 'hell in our emergency departments'
    Simon Harris is considering the move, but said it wouldn’t be straightforward.
    # AB positive
    The Irish Blood Transfusion Service says it is running low on blood
    Blood donations in Ireland have fallen 21% in five years, and the IBTS is down to three days’ supply.
    # New global study
    Here's a look at the world's 5 big health findings - and how Ireland compares
    The most up-to-date analysis on the state of the world’s health has been published which will help identify national health challenges and priorities for intervention.
    # besieged
    Aleppo has eight hospitals - four have been bombed in the last five days
    One of them twice.
    # the long wait
    'They spend their childhoods on waiting lists': The painful reality for children with scoliosis
    Two mothers talk to us about their fight to get treatment for their sons.
    # slow recovery
    The hospital trolley problem is getting better, slowly
    There’s a marked difference between Dublin and the rest of the country.
    # Hospital Food
    'Amazing', 'tasty', 'best I've ever had' - Patients at three Irish hospitals rave about meals
    Hiqa began a monitoring programme last year to look at nutrition and hydration care of patients in Irish hospitals.
    # Kate Granger
    The doctor behind Hello My Name Is has died
    Dr Kate Granger had been battling cancer since 2011.
    # factcheck
    FactCheck: How much worse are hospital waiting lists getting?
    There are more and more people on waiting lists – but are things as bad as Fianna Fáil claim?
    # on the menu
    ‘Chicken’ or ‘fish’? Irish patients need more details about their hospital food
    A Hiqa study has found some deficiencies in patient choices.
    Voices
    12 days in hospital: 'Then the Coppers crowds came. The wailing made my head swim'
    Emer McGinnity writes about a recent stay in hospital, and the people she met there.
    # drop in donations
    Blood supply for hospitals dangerously low ahead of St Patrick's Day
    Additional clinics have been set up to receive donations.
    # aggressive patients
    Party drug ketamine could be used for difficult-to-sedate patients
    The recommendation was made only for extreme cases.
    # roles and responsibilities
    "Win-win for everyone" - Irish nurses set to take key tasks out of doctors' hands
    Four key tasks are to be carried out in future by nurses rather than junior doctors.
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