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August 2023
HSE caps wait time for children's aids funding at three weeks
Aids can include manual handling tools, hoists, communication cards, laptops, walking sticks and compression garments.
July 2023
HSE to be split into six new health regions next year as part of long-awaited reforms
The plan says geographical appointments and appointments new roles will be complete by this October.
Audit finds most CAMHS patients have not been over-prescribed medication
It also found that most patients (95%) had their medication prescribed by a consultant or in consultation with a consultant.
Hiqa review says 'clear treatment pathway for Long Covid remains unknown'
No definitively effective treatments for the condition were identified in the review.
Damning CAMHS review identifies 'lost' cases and 'burnt out and frustrated' staff
Dr Susan Finnerty, who authored the report, said the the CAMHS system is in need of “a radical overhaul”.
The report found that care planning was "either absent or of such poor quality as to be meaningless" in many CAMHS teams.
The vast majority of CAMHS teams were significantly below recommended staffing levels, with some being 50% below staffing.
Most services do not have an appropriate IT system, despite these systems being in place in comparable countries “for many years”.
Wexford General Hospital's emergency department reopens nearly five months after fire
It is expected to take three to four weeks before full bed capacity is returned to the hospital.
HSE has 'significant concerns' it will continue to miss emergency department targets
The HSE aimed to have 99% of patients over the age of 75 discharged or admitted within nine hours of having turned up at hospital, but the real figure was 50.9%
Surgeon seeks High Court order restraining HSE investigating allegations against him
The action has been brought Dr Pawan Rajpal, a colorectal surgeon at Cavan General Hospital for 25 years.
Review finds 'grounds for concern' for abuse of 21 residents at HSE-run nursing home
In 2020, a healthcare worker at the nursing home was jailed for 11 years for raping a resident known by the pseudonym of ‘Emily’.
Following the incident, two investigations were undertaken.
The HSE has today published the outcome of the two separate investigations.
HSE chief Bernard Gloster today restated "sincere apologies" to 'Emily's' family.
HSE issue safety warning for two vaping products with illegally high nicotine contents
The HSE is alerting the public stop using two vape products from the brand Mc Kesse.
'Exponential rise' in number of legal cases being taken against CervicalCheck, says WHO report
The report said that the programme could be rendered financially unsustainable due to the number of claims being taken against it.
'The system is broken': Carlow toddler with scoliosis without therapy due to staffing crisis
A report by
Eimer McAuley
“There is no one for us to pick up the phone to,” Shannon’s mum said.
Mother-of-five Yvonne Proctor speaks to The Journal about her "fight with the system".
Her daughter Shannon was diagnosed with scoliosis after her parents noticed that she was holding her neck to one side.
The Proctor family feels that, despite the huge financial burden, they will now have to go private to get Shannon therapy services.
Donnelly says child scoliosis patients should receive surgery within four months under new plan
Waiting lists for children's surgeries to be tackled by extending operating theatre hours
Nearly 2,000 women approved for reimbursement of cost of pregnancy drug
A HSE review into the current arrangement to provide Cariban to women is due to conclude this month.
June 2023
HSE issues safety alert over higher than permitted nicotine levels in e-cigarette liquid
The Fantasi Ice products were found to have a nicotine concentration up to 25.3mg/ml, higher than the 20mg/ml limit.
HSE appoints safeguarding expert following review into ‘serious’ sexual assault at nursing home
In 2020, a healthcare worker at the nursing home was jailed for 11 years for raping a resident known by the pseudonym of ‘Emily’.
Safeguarding expert to be appointed after review into sexual assault at HSE-run nursing home
Mary Lou McDonald said a review into the handling of the case ‘uncovered that other residents have made allegations against this same healthcare assistant in the past’.
Medicine shortages: Dept Health says 'numerous alternatives available to ensure continuity of care'
Figures released today showed that three out of five patients have experienced medicine shortages in the last 12 months.
Nurses recruited to Ireland who fail €2,800 test left with debt and no work
A report by
Eimer McAuley
There have been calls for pre-test training to be introduced.
Two nurses who failed the exam, and were left in debt and unsure what to do next have spoken to The Journal about their experience.
Eimer McAuley continues her reporting on the recruitment and retention problems in the health service.
TDs praise officials for ensuring HSE wasn't 'falling over' after Bank Holiday weekend
One TD told Bernard Gloster to ‘take a bow’.
Ireland's Covid-19 vaccination programme will pause over the summer
This means no state Covid-19 vaccination programme will be active over the summer.
HSE launch campaign to recruit 400 new doctors to practice in Ireland by end of 2023
International ad campaigns will take place across the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
Close to 500,000 people on waiting lists longer than maximum Sláintecare wait time targets
434,750 people are exceeding the 10-week outpatient target, equating to a 1% increase compared to the end of April.
HSE says 20 people's data breached in cyber-attack on third party recruitment software
Analysis of the attack determined that “no more than 20 people” had their information accessed.
Some HSE mental health centres face being de-registered unless they improve compliance
‘We can now undeniably say that there are four key areas where standards are simply unacceptable,’ said the MHC chief executive.
Ministers express unease over underspend on national roads projects
Cabinet was also told that Covid mitigation measures in hospitals are under review.
Optometrists call for end to ‘geographical lottery’ in children’s eye-care
The Optometry Ireland CEO said efforts in addressing these geographical gaps has been ‘very slow, minimal, and piecemeal’.
Overseas nurses who quit jobs to work in Irish hospitals losing offers over permit delays
“I did not expect this treatment from a developed country,” one nurse said, as others spoke of losing hope and becoming depressed due to their experience.
97 drug samples surrendered for testing at Life Festival
The testing initiative aims to reduce drug-related harm at festivals.
It is 'inevitable' the health service will have to move to a seven-day roster, Tánaiste says
HSE chief Bernard Gloster said last week he is seeking to introduce a “permanent” seven-day working roster for hospital staff.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar also said a seven-day roster is something the government will be discussing with the healthcare unions.
The INMO on Wednesday revealed that 11,856 people were without hospital beds in May.
'Winter trolley numbers in May': INMO slam hospital wait times as almost 12,000 without beds
Explainer: Why are HSE bosses calling for a ‘permanent’ seven-day roster for hospital staff?
'Where will mum go?' Families panic following Cork nursing home's Fair Deal exit
Sheila Healy is turning 96 next month. Her children don’t know where she will be living come her birthday.
May 2023
'Not in interest of the State' to share estimates of Children's Hospital final cost
The Minister said that rising costs for the hospital will not impact other healthcare facility projects, despite the HSE warning that it will.
Planning permission granted for 852 new homes on site of former Central Mental Hospital
Initially, the Land Development Agency planned to deliver 1,200 new housing units, including a 14-storey apartment block.
Over 800 nurses and midwives assaulted in first three months of 2023
Over 62% of all assaults reported to the HSE in the first quarter were carried out against nurses and midwives.
No funding being provided this year for development of more HSE eating disorder services
A report by
Hayley Halpin
Sinn Féin’s Mark Ward said there is “a lack of ambition and political will to deliver services that are so badly needed in our health system”.
The HSE confirmed there is no additional funding to develop new eating disorder teams in this year's National Service Plan.
Ward has said "there cannot be another Budget Day with no additional spending on eating disorder services".
Slow rollout of eating disorder services 'destroying lives'
Healthcare workers have positive attitudes towards LGBT+ people but lack training, study shows
The HSE now has ‘Rainbow Badges’ to help pateints identify LGBTQ-friendly staff.
HSE boss agrees to independent review of circumstances of Limerick hospital death
Eve Cleary, aged 21, died at University Hospital Limerick four hours after she had been discharged from the hospital on a wheelchair and in pain.
HSE to launch psychological supports for young people with cancer
Each year almost 400 people in Ireland under the age of 24 are diagnosed with cancer.
'Is anyone else terrified?': Doctors concerned as GPs are targets of ransomware attacks monthly
One doctor said that trying to avoid getting hit by hackers is like trying to “jay walk down the quays in Dublin”.
GPs say new medical card holders will struggle to get seen in midst of 'workforce crisis'
The Medical Director of the ICGP said GPs are facing a serious workforce shortage.
Over 100 faulty ventilators ordered by HSE in March 2020 still in storage amid legal dispute
The HSE is currently seeking to recoup €22.3 million for faulty and undelivered ventilators.