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# inequality
Private mental health centres provide better care than HSE facilities, report finds
Inspectors highlighted multiple serious risks and poor environments across five HSE approved centres in Cork.
# hyperemisis gravidarum
Over 3,000 hospitalisations a year among women suffering severe pregnancy sickness
A drug that treats hyperemesis is unavailable on the drugs payment scheme or medical card.
# Overcrowding
Over 60% acute hospitals operating at unsafe bed occupancy levels
Five hospitals had an average monthly bed occupancy of 100% or more from January to March 2022.
# sma
'Timing is key': Parents call for inclusion of rare genetic disease in newborn heel prick test
SMA is a degenerative disease that causes damage to nerves that develop muscle function and allow children to eat, move and breathe.
Paul Reid to quit as HSE boss in December to spend more time with family
Reid said he believes the HSE is entering a new phase and that the appointment of a new leader is now timely.
# Emergency care
HSE chief says Navan Hospital plan will proceed despite Minister's instruction
Last week the Health Minister said he was not satisfied with the plan.
# Outbreak
28 cases of monkeypox have been detected in Ireland
All 28 patients with monkeypox are men and the majority are aged between 25 and 44.
# hiqa report
HSE unit deployed to Limerick hospital to address ‘chronic’ overcrowding'
A performance management improvement unit of the HSE is to “engage urgently” with University Hospital Limerick.
# mega bucks
HSE's highest-paid staff member last year earned over €750,000
Six individuals had total earnings from salary and allowances of over €500,000 in 2021.
# Overcrowding
Patient care in University Hospital Limerick ED compromised due to overcrowding
A HIQA inspection has found that the health and welfare of people receiving care in the department was at risk.
6% of eating disorder patients admitted to hospital have received specialist care since 2018
46 patients have received treatment in the dedicated eating disorder service at St Vincent’s University Hospital in the last five years.
# Our Lady's Hospital Navan
Critically ill patients in Meath ‘not given best opportunity of survival’
The clinical director of Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan has stressed the serious patient safety risk that exists at the hospital.
# get boosted
HSE urges people to get their booster vaccine as Covid cases increase across Ireland
The HSE said those who are most vulnerable should get the jab ASAP.
# Irish Air Corps
Farmer gored by bull recalls how Irish Air Ambulance saved his life
The Emergency Aeromedical Service is based in Athlone and is staffed by Irish Air Corps and National Ambulance Service staff.
Tánaiste says Government has not sanctioned the closure of Navan emergency department
The Health Minister said several issues must be addressed before any transition can take place, including capacity at other hospitals.
# Hospitals
Nurses suffering from burnout due to overcrowding in A&E, says INMO
The INMO has said the dignity of patients is often diminished because of overcrowded conditions.
# Hospital
Emergency department in Navan to be replaced with 'medical assessment unit'
Medical emergencies such as heart attacks and strokes will no longer be treated at the hospital.
Families protest outside Cork hospital over incineration of their babies' organs
Eighteen families found out the organs of their dead babies were incinerated overseas without their consent.
Opinion: 'A real home feels like an unattainable dream' for many disabled people
Julie Helen of Inclusion Ireland is calling for government action on housing and supports in Budget 2023.
# world no tobacco day
Despite overall decline in smoking, prevalence is rising among Ireland's most vulnerable
Smoking still causes over 4,500 deaths in Ireland each year
# monkeypox
HSE to take delivery of vaccines to combat monkeypox and may roll out vaccination programme
Reid said Ireland had secured an order of vaccines for monkeypox and these would be delivered “shortly”.
# Health in Ireland
'I’ve never seen morale so broken': What one change do healthcare workers want to improve the system?
We asked health workers and others familiar with the sector what they want to see happen to improve healthcare in Ireland.
The Irish healthcare system is frequently hit with criticism and suggestions for how it can be improved.
Progress on the overhaul of the system is continuing but has been slow.
We asked workers and those familiar with the sector what one change they would like to see put into place.
'The belief that being a doctor is a vocation and all else must be sacrificed… that mentality is waning'
'We needed more beds, we still need more beds': Will lessons be learned from the pandemic?
# Virus
NI Public Health Agency confirms first case of monkeypox in Northern Ireland
More than a dozen countries across Europe have reported cases.
# Labour Court
Medical scientists to suspend strike action next week and will return to WRC for talks
The three days of strike action planned for next week have all been suspended, say the MLSA.
# Psychiatric Care
27 children and adolescents stayed in adult psychiatric units in 2021 despite CAMHS capacity
A HSE spokesperson said that in exceptional circumstances this may be in the best interest of the adolescent at that time.
# Drugs
'Medics are your mates': HSE launches harm-reduction campaign for drug users at music festivals
The campaign also urges festival-goers to ‘leave the mixing to the DJs’.
# Cystic Fibrosis
'Intensive work' ongoing to give 35 children with Cystic Fibrosis access to life-changing drug
Donnelly said it is important to him ‘that children get access to the drug that they need’.
Paul Murphy: The government's treatment of medical scientists on pay has been shameful
As medical scientists’ industrial action escalates, the TD says it’s time for pay parity for these frontline workers.
# Being-Patient
Open Newsroom Invitation: Healthcare - the power of patient advocacy
Join us at 1pm this Thursday.
# camhs
HSE confirms 11 bed closures at Dublin CAMHS unit
Sinn Féin’s Mental Health spokesperson says the closures “will create nothing short of a crisis for child and adolescent services in the Dublin region”.
# reasearch
Greater access to clinical trials for teens and young adults as cancer incidence rises in Ireland
Around 180-190 people between 16 and 25 years are diagnosed with cancer in Ireland every year.
# warning
HSE urges people to stop using certain disposable vapes due to high nicotine concentration
The HSE said it has contacted all major Irish distributors of e-cigarettes and refill containers.
# Maternity Care
Explainer: Where 'clinically appropriate' stands as Government green lights NMH deal
The term has been defined in the government’s decision but not the legal documents of the agreement.
# Pay Claim
'We have to do this': Medical scientists seeking pay parity say strike action was their last resort
One scientist told The Journal that staff feel “burnt-out” due to working mandatory overtime rosters, with many leaving the profession.
# Pay dispute
'They feel forgotten': Disruption to lab tests for GPs and hospitals as medical scientists to strike
Five additional strike days are planned if the union and the HSE cannot come to a resolution.
# The Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Monday
Here’s your round-up of what made the headlines today.
# Hepatitis
Child being treated for acute form of hepatitis has died, HSE says
A second child being treated for the same illness has received a liver transplant.
# home births
HSE: No timeline for lifting of ban on home water births
The ‘temporary pause’ has been in place since November 2020 pending investigations into two incidents.
# Junior Doctors
IMO commence ballot for industrial action for junior doctors over contracting issues
Junior doctors are “demoralised, frustrated, angry and want change,” the IMO claims.
# cervical screening
Cervical check samples are still being screened abroad following December's cyberattack
A cyber-attack on The Coombe at the end of last year resulted in the hospital losing its IT connectivity with CervicalCheck.