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# Primary Care

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# Primary Care
Hundreds of thousands of people march in support for Madrid's public healthcare
The protest comes ahead of a planned strike by nearly 5,000 regional family doctors and paediatricians
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# common ground
'Everyone in Ireland deserves to have a good death'
The Irish Hospice Foundation has said investing in bereavement services and end-of-life care will benefit society as a whole.
Technical issue stopping people applying for medical cards
A backlog is expected once the issue is resolved.
# Primary Care
Staff taken off-duty after "concerns" at Tipperary disability unit
Minister Kathleen Lynch says she expected such concerns to be raised following the Áras Attracta case.
# Death
Three quarters of Irish people want to die at home
Most people would like their condition managed by pain medication though almost three-quarters have not written any kind of care directive or given an indication of what they want to family members.
# Health
Róisín Shortall: I'm surprised the 'very inexperienced' James Reilly wasn't sacked
The former junior health minister also says she could have worked with new minister Leo Varadkar.
# tensions
It's a start: Doctors agree to 'talks about talks' with Minister
The Irish Medical Organisation and Alex White will sit down about the plan to give free GP care to children under six.
# Doctors
'We can't go anywhere without a conversation': Alex White wants agreement with the IMO
White said the €37 million earmarked for the under sixes scheme was agreed in the Budget.
# Doctors
Competition Authority warns GPs against withdrawal from Primary Care Teams
The authority has told the Irish Medical Organisation that any refusal to join Government-run health teams would break European law.
# Primary Care
Shortall speaks out as 72,000 wait on primary care waiting lists
The former junior minister responsible for primary care says the recruitment budget is being gobbled up by overspending.
Column: Last year's multi-million euro underspend in mental health is unacceptable
In a year when many families and communities lost a child or young person to suicide, it makes no sense that €29 million pledged to be spent on mental health was not used, writes Tanya Ward.
# Cuts
National plan to save €721 million published by HSE
The plan includes an additional cut to primary care costs of €60 million, staff reductions of 4,000 and a promise to reduce waiting times.
# Balbriggan
Reilly spokesman rejects SF claims of NAMA talks on Balbriggan site
Sinn Féin said documents suggested James Reilly discussed the specific site earmarked for a Primary Care centre in Balbriggan during a meeting with NAMA.
# Bad News Day
Buried news: what happened yesterday (other than Budget 2013)?
You may have missed these nuggets in the flurry of austerity announcements.
# Primary Care
Swords and Balbriggan added to primary care list night before announcement
Documents obtained by Fianna Fáil show the government preparing to announce a list of 33 venues, not 35.
# James Reilly
FF leader calls for James Reilly's resignation because of a 'pack of lies'
Micheál Martin has said he believes the Health Minister’s position is now untenable in the wake of further revelations about primary care centre locations.
# Health
HSE cuts to nursing staff 'will set services back 15 years'
The Psychiatric Nurses Association of Ireland called the move ‘primary care in reverse’.
# Reilly
Reilly discussed Balbriggan as location for primary care centre with NAMA
The Health Minister insisted that “no specific address was mentioned” in discussions with NAMA in April of this year regarding the controversial issue of locations for primary care centres.
# Primary Care
Reilly won't be forced to give more details on primary care criteria
The Ceann Comhairle says James Reilly has fulfilled his Dáil obligations to answer questions from Sinn Féin.
# Leaders' Questions
‘No ministerial involvement’ in selecting primary care sites – Gilmore
The Tánaiste says locating individual sites in towns put forward for primary centres was done by the HSE.
# Reilly
Reilly insists he had ‘no hand, act or part’ in choice of Balbriggan site
The Health Minister faced more questions about the selection of two sites in his constituency for proposed primary care centres in the Dáil this afternoon
# Leaders' Questions
Troika forced Ireland into repaying €1bn AIB bond - Quinn
Ruairí Quinn says the Troika are the only people who will affordably lend to Ireland – so what they say goes.
# Reilly
Reilly: I'm not a bully, nothing inappropriate over primary care sites
The Health Minister gave a strong defence of his conduct in relation to the selection of sites for primary care centres, two of which are in his constituency.
# Primary Care
Reilly to give Dáil explanation over primary care centres today
The Ceann Comhairle has permitted a ‘private notice question’ to be tabled by Sinn Féin for discussion later this afternoon.
# Leaders' Questions
Cabinet has not discussed possible child benefit cut - Kenny
Enda Kenny says a report outlining a possible ‘two tier’ child benefit system have not yet been brought to cabinet.
# Primary Care
FF tries little-known Dáil procedure to seek primary care explanation
Fianna Fáil has tabled a “special notice question”, seeking an urgent explanation from James Reilly on his selection criteria.
# Roisin Shortall
Shortall says reforms were "blocked" by Reilly
The former minister of state said her resignation was coming for some time.
# Primary Care
VIDEO: James Reilly explains his decision on primary care centres
The Minister for Health seeks to turn the tables – suggesting Róisín Shortall had used strange criteria to rank potential venues.
# Changes
Reilly welcomes Alex White appointment, thanks Shortall for 'hard work'
The Health Minister has commented on the news that Alex White will replace the departed Róisín Shortall who Reilly thanked for her ‘hard work’.
# Appointments
Alex White to replace Shortall as junior health minister
The Dublin South TD will be nominated to fill the vacant junior ministerial position at the Department of Health next week.
# Leaders' Questions
Burton 'saddened' to see Shortall go - but affirms confidence in Reilly
The Minister for Social Protection says every member of government “has confidence in every other minister”.
# Shortall
In full: James Reilly's letter to Róisín Shortall about Primary Care centres
The letter was released last night and details Reilly’s explanation for expanding the lost of 20 sites for proposed primary care centres to 35, an issue which has in part led to Shortall’s resignation.
# Resigned
James Reilly on Shortall's departure: 'Pressure's only for tyres'
The Minister for Health showed little disappointment at Róisín Shortall’s resignation – who the Labour chairman said had the full support of party leadership.
# Resignation
Róisín Shortall resigns as Primary Care Minister
The Labour Party TD’s decision follows a much-publicised dispute with the Health Minister James Reilly. She has also resigned the Labour Party whip.
# Health
Reilly and Shortall meet to discuss primary care centres
Last week, Minister Reilly had to defend his decision to consider two of his constituency towns for new primary care units.
# Ministerial row
Varadkar admits Reilly move on care centres 'like stroke politics'
The transport minister tells The Week in Politics that James Reilly’s amendment of the list for primary care centres does look suspicious.
# Primary Care
Reilly defends decision to consider constituency towns for new health units
James Reilly added Swords and Balbriggan – both in his constituency – to a list of venues being considered for primary care centres.
# Stimulus
35 towns to compete for 20 new primary care facilities
There’s money to build two bundles of 10 facilities – but 35 towns are in the running, so there’ll be a competition.