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# Patients

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'It's time we got on with it': Support for medicinal cannabis bill could mean it's a runner
The bill, which is due to be debated on this Thursday, aims to regulate use of cannabis for medical purposes.
Patients at St James's unable to have water with tablets due to leak
Staff are currently being advised to limit showers and bathing for patients.
Substance abuse: More than 20 doctors referred for help
The figures are in the latest Medical Council annual report.
‘Chicken’ or ‘fish’? Irish patients need more details about their hospital food
A Hiqa study has found some deficiencies in patient choices.
'I've been trying to bring cheap medicine to Irish patients. Too many are struggling to pay'
I used to dread bringing an inhaler out to a patient and asking for €85, writes Shane O’Sullivan.
'No profession has a public trial for making a mistake at work, other than doctors'
Lorraine Courtney writes that naming doctors in fitness to practice inquiries should be scrapped.
Leo wants to make it easier for patients to complain
“The director of patient safety is somebody I want to run into in the lift every other day, it’s not somebody I want to meet in a formal meeting once every two months or six months.”
Tallaght Hospital to probe how information on 91-year-old patient was given to media
Taoiseach Enda Kenny described the incident as “a shocking example of dysfunction in the health system”.
Leinster has longest GP waiting times for patients while Munster has shortest
The average waiting time for a GP has soared from just under 10 hours in 2010 to over 34 hours.
The stark truth about the 'breast cancer gap' between rich and poor in Ireland
The inability of women to take time off for treatment is part of the problem.
Nurses slam HSE over 78 jobs left unfilled - all at just ONE Irish hospital
The INMO says Cork University Hospital continues to operate at almost full capacity.
Wii Fit Plus doesn't help vertigo sufferers, but it's still a lot of fun
71 patients with balance issues related to illness found no further improvement by the use of virtual reality.
Fire inside Mayo General Hospital may have been caused by someone smoking
Leo Varadkar has asked for a full report into the incident.
Mass recalls of colonoscopy patients reveals further cancer risk with patients
Surgeon with the hospital, Kenneth Mealy, said that “issues have arisen in a small number of patients”.
Doctors deny claiming fees for dead patients
GPs have blamed the HSE, but the organisation says the issue has been addressed.
This test means no chemotherapy for some breast cancer patients
The gene test is only available here since 2011.
281 people given all-clear for bowel cancer recalled after two patients developed cancer
All patients affected have been contacted.
HSE moving some patients to nursing homes to free up beds
Some patients who have ‘delayed discharge’ are being moved to free nursing home beds.
Irish hospitals aren't the only ones dealing with an overcrowding crisis
It’s a very similar story in England.
Overcrowding crisis: Surgeries cancelled at Beaumont as trolley figures remain high
There were a total of 584 people waiting for available hospital beds as of this morning.
Over 600 patients are waiting for hospital beds around the country
This comes after news of planned industrial action at Beaumont Hospital – one of the worst affected by overcrowding.
Hospital overcrowding: Calls for Ireland to poach nurses from UK and Australia
A record number of people are now waiting for beds, with the INMO saying industrial action is likely due to ‘chronic overcrowding’.
Varadkar: There was "no attempt to conceal" waiting list numbers
The HSE was accused of having ‘hidden waiting lists’ today.
Opinion: Are new medical card plans unfair for GPs?
Making GPs the new rationers of medical card extension could destroy long-established bonds of trust between them and their patients.
Caring for a relative with dementia can make you depressed
A new study shows the benefit of learning coping strategies.
The Air Ambulance completed its 100th journey of 2014 over the weekend
It transferred a patient from Dublin to London.
7,000 emergency department patients were on trolleys last month
The INMO said it is concerned about hospitals coping with the winter demand.
Varadkar: Clearly if Mr Kelleher was minister, things would be much worse
Fianna Fáil’s Billy Kelleher criticised the Health Minister’s approach to HSE waiting lists, with 41,600 people waiting more than a year for an outpatient appointment.
'Exciting step forward' as human embryo stem cell transplant restores sight in patients
No safety concerns were detected up to 22 months after the transplant.
NBC cameraman with Ebola arrives in US for treatment
Pictured is Dr Mitchell Levy, father of the patient, Ashoka Mukpo.
'Serious allegations' of rigged waiting lists to be pursued by Department of Health
The HSE said it had no knowledge of the memo allegedly calling on employees to manipulate the figures.
Electroshock still used without consent despite promises
The expert group are due to give their report to the minister soon.
Nurses in overcrowded emergency department given stress management help
Galway University Hospital-West/North West Hospitals Group said that recruitment of more nurses is underway.
Galway nurses to protest 'severe overcrowding' in Emergency Department
The INMO said today nurses are finishing shifts “in a distressed state, experiencing burnout and frustration at the lack of action”.
New treatment could drop recurrence by half for some lung cancer sufferers
A new radiation treatment could lengthen the lives of those suffering from small-cell lung cancer.
Scientists unveil magnetic gadget that can strip toxins out of blood
The device, which has only been tested in rats so far, could be adapted one day for removing Ebola from blood, they said.
Irish charity to look at how aspirin could help breast cancer patients
The Irish Cancer Society also launched a campaign calling on people to ‘Paint it Pink’ to raise money.
What is this new experimental drug treating Ebola patients?
There is no proven cure for Ebola, which has killed more than 1,400 people already.
UK hospitals to be fined for serving up unhealthy food
There have been calls to have a national standard of hospital food for Irish hospitals.
People with cancer need dedicated treatment to tackle depression
Major depression is much more common among cancer sufferers – but trial shows a possible way forward.