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# medical care

Last year
Opinion: Communication is key for families facing decisions around palliative care
Dr Geraldine Foley says the palliative care needs in this country will only grow as the population ages.
Opinion: Proposed changes to the Mental Health Act must prioritise human rights
A group of academics and people with lived experience of treatment under the legislation advocate for a human rights based approach to treatment under proposed laws.
Historian: Our distrust of religious institutions with healthcare is rooted in the past
Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley says Ireland’s history illustrates that the healthcare of women often came second to a Catholic moral code.
All time
# Health
'Slow drive' Dublin protest as young GPs say 'they will not stay in the country' under current contract
The NAGP says 700 GPs are set to retire over the next five years.
# medical care
Health Minister agrees to meet with women affected by vaginal mesh complications
There have been thousands of reports internationally of painful complications from women who have undergone these procedures.
# Charlie Gard
Terminally ill baby boy at London hospital must be kept alive until at least Tuesday, court rules
Charlie Gard’s parents want to take the 10-month-old to the US for an experimental treatment.
# deficits in care
Family of girl who suffered cerebral palsy at birth: 'Hospital apology is utterly meaningless'
The High Court approved a €1.9 million settlement today.
# Protection of Life during Pregnancy
Here's what the inquiry into the 'Ms Y' abortion case will look at
The inquiry will examine the operation of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act.
# share your story
Open thread: What's your experience with hospital overcrowding?
Just last month more than 5,500 patients admitted found themselves on a trolley or in an emergency department.
Irish people going blind waiting for cataract surgery
Ireland could save €76 million annually if earlier intervention was prioritised.
Column: What's happening in the Central African Republic?
Horrific reports of violence have poured out of the Central African Republic this week – with summary executions and mass displacement terrifying civilian communities, writes MSF Director Jane-Ann McKenna.
Column: People in the Philippines are desperate, stunned and hopeless
As a Filipino, I know we’re a resilient nation – but this time the devastation is so great that people are truly desperate. This sort of disaster is simply unprecedented, writes Dr Natasha Reyes.
Column: NCHD working hours are part of a bigger picture for young Irish workers
While the pressures on young doctors are unique, Government decisions have focused the worst effects of the crisis on workers who are 35 and under across all sectors, write Dan Hayden and Dr Antoine Murray.
Column: Happy 60th Birthday to the science that makes transplantation work
Until Peter Medawar’s ground-breaking article 60 years ago, the idea of using one person’s body parts to save the life of another was little more than science fiction, writes Prof Daniel M. Davis.
Column: Why league tables for doctors – but not schools?
School “league tables” are not allowed in Ireland, meaning you can’t find out how schools do in national exams or standardised tests. But creating such tables is not as difficult as we are led to believe, writes Kevin Denny.
# medical care
HSE spend on new primary care centres falls
Documents show that the spend went from €17.5m in 2011 to less than €1m so far this year.
# GP
GPs have this stark warning for their former colleague James Reilly...
The NAGP say the latest round of cuts will undermine patient care and could result in GP practices closing.
# Guantánamo Bay
150 doctors write to Obama offering services to Guantánamo hunger strikers
The more than 100 detainees on hunger strike at the detention facility have said that they do not trust military doctors who engaged in painful force-feeding.
# Public Health
HSE urges public to 'look after health' given hospital crowding
The combination of holiday ailments and the winter vomiting bug mean hospitals are busier than they might usually be.
# Health
Laya Healthcare customers facing premium hike of up to 13%
The insurer says the price increase is needed to fund a greater number of claims and escalating cost of medical treatment.
# Sad
Arthritic man robs $1 from bank – so he can get healthcare in jail
An American man resorted to crime simply because he couldn’t afford health care without being in state custody.
# Ivory Coast
Ivory Coast violence threatens access to medical care
Medecin Sans Frontieres staff providing treatment despite difficulties including lack of supplies, resources and threats of violence, while Concern steps up its work in Liberia after refugees pour in from the Ivory Coast.