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Column: Ireland has the worst managed healthcare system in the developed world
While Ireland does not have the worst quality of healthcare, it is run by technically deficient, medically illiterate bureaucrats, says Professor John Crown. What healthcare model should we be looking to?
Mater Hospital's emergency department to close for 18 hours
Patients that are seriously ill or injured should dial 999 or go directly to another Emergency Department.
HIQA: Poor hand-washing in Irish hospitals potentially putting patients at risk
The HIQA hygiene reports also found wide variations in hospital cleanliness.
Pic of the Day: Ruud van Nistelrooy goes to bizarre lengths to cheer patients
We wonder what Rio Ferdinand makes of this?
Committee seek clarification on St Vincent's Cystic Fibrosis unit
The committee chair Jerry Buttimer said that they will be keen to establish if the facility meets the necessary requirements.
Irish start-up company develops 'groundbreaking' cancer treatment
MitaMed has begun a clinical trial in Cork and Dublin hospitals for its treatment for colorectal cancers.
Narcolepsy sufferers question Health Minister's commitment to supports
The Department of Health said the matter of a proposal for supports package “continues to be a priority” and that it is considering all other possible supports in addition to what it currently offers.
General health check-ups may be a waste of time
New research shows that health check-ups do not reduce rates of disease or death.
Tallaght Hospital secures overdraft
The HSE wrote a letter of support to the bank to help enable the hospital to secure the overdraft of around €12 million.
Delayed patient discharges costing €550,000 per night
680 patients are occupying hospital beds around the country at a cost of €800-900 per night each, according to figures put before the Public Accounts Committee.
James Reilly: New consultants will have to face a hefty pay cut
Consultants may also have to work weekends under the terms of the new deal.
Talks on Louth-Meath Hospital Group dispute resume
The dispute centres on unions’ concerns about proposed cuts at the hospital group.
Drug trials show promising results for heart failure patients - report
Study published in The Lancet concerns new drug which could help half of all heart failure patients.
'Grave concerns' over controversial HSE plan to fire hospital staff
The HSE has produced a report which proposes getting rid of all agency staff in three hospitals – but the plan has drawn harsh criticism.
Proposals to close Navan Hospital's emergency department at night
24-hour emergency services at Our Lady’s Hospital are to cease in August.
Eight doctors struck off the register last year, 37 investigated
A total of 380 complaints about doctors were received by the Medical Council last year.
"Too many people waiting far too long" - 200,000 on hospital waiting lists
A total of 806 people have been waiting more than four years for consultant appointments…
Blood tests may predict breast cancer spread
US cancer research finds that tumour cells in the blood stream may predict if early breast cancer patients face a higher risk of death or relapse after treatment.
Emergency medics demand commitment to solve overcrowding 'once and for all'
If Tallaght can change procedures within three days to cut waiting times, the IAEM says, so can other hospitals.
Report on Tallaght Hospital describes emergency department as "unacceptable"
Health watchdog HIQA found that over 80 per cent of patients in the emergency department were kept on a corridor and had to wait around 13 hours for a bed.
Wash your hands: Irish start-up aims to beat hospital superbugs worldwide
The Irish company has been chosen by the WHO to promote hand hygiene globally. Thirty-five percent of healthcare facilities are at an inadequate or basic level.
Hospitals 'hiding trolleys' on wards, says INMO
The INMO said yesterday that some hospitals are placing extra beds or trolleys on wards on a permanent basis – but Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore finds this hard to believe.
Patient group complains to Ombudsman over State 'lack of cooperation'
Dignity4Patients has complained about an alleged lack of cooperation received from the State and health authorities.
Pharmacists warn lack of vital medicines may endanger patients
The head of the Irish Pharmacy Union has said it is unacceptable that pharmacists and patients have put up with medicine shortages.
Column: There were no proper CF facilities for my son in Cork - so we built some
Facilities for people with cystic fibrosis weren’t great when my son was diagnosed, writes Joe Browne. Now Cork has one of the most advanced clinics in the world. Here’s how we did it.
“Majority” of hospitals have cut 1-year waiting times for patients
The Minister told the Dáil that he was determined to address the issues causing unacceptable delays for hospital patients.
GPs urged to display price lists
The Irish Medical Organisation recommended last year that all its members should introduce price lists – but not all GPs are yet doing it.
Limerick Hospital so overcrowded that it is “unsafe”
Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation have called on the HSE to implement the major disaster plan to deal with the overcrowding.
2011 worst year for number of patients on trolleys - INMO
Over 86,400 people were left on trolleys as 2,229 public beds remain closed.
TDs call for inquiry into sexual abuse at Drogheda hospital
A cross-party group of TDs and Senators from Louth, Meath, Cavan and Monaghan have asked the Taoiseach to set up an inquiry into allegations of abuse at the hospital spanning 30 years.
"No one will die" because of health cuts, says Minister
In a radio interview this morning, Health Minister James Reilly has said that no one will die in Irish hospitals because of the cuts announced in yesterday’s Budget.
Dept of Health to give €3 million to hospitals - but "crisis situation" remains
The general secretary of the INMO said the money is welcomed – but that Ireland’s Emergency Departments are in a “crisis situation”.
Two aspirin tablets a day "cuts bowel cancer risk"
A new study, published in The Lancet, says that taking two pills of aspirin a day can cut the risk of bowel cancer by almost two thirds for certain patients.
HIQA releases new guide for protecting patient records
In the guide, staff are told to lock away records, log out of computers, and bear in mind that they an be overheard if they discuss patient details in public.
HSE confirms long-term Dublin care home to close
INMO is angered by the move which is says came “without discussion” with staff – but HSE points to HIQA inspection reports which found the “old” building provided an “unfavourable physical environment”.
Drogheda hospital "in meltdown"
There are 53 patients on trolleys in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital today, the INMO has said, adding the situation “is now causing untold human suffering for patients”.
6,624 people on hospital trolleys last month
The number of people on trolleys rose 106 per cent between August 2007 and 2011.
Column: Homeopathy isn’t just useless – in the wrong hands it’s dangerous
Homeopathy is based on discredited claims, but it makes a lot of money, writes science blogger David Robert Grimes.
Sit-in underway at Roscommon County Hospital
Protesters say they will continue the sit-in into the night as the urgent care facility at the hospital closes its doors.