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Tuesday 7 February 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# HSE

# Waiting Lists
Fears over colon cancer waiting lists as doctors face 'race against time' to diagnose patients
The Irish Cancer Society has warned that almost over a third of patients are not receiving the procedure within the necessary timeframe.
Last week
29th January 2023 - 4th February 2023
# pregnancy sickness
Health minister asks department and HSE to review current approach to Cariban reimbursement
Women, doctors, and pharmacists have criticised the roll out of a new scheme.
# Negligence
Government to establish group to examine the rising cost of health-related legal claims
The Working Group aims to reduce the rising cost of clinical negligence claims in the health system.
Last month
January 2023
# strike action
Fórsa backs indefinite strike action in community and voluntary sector agencies
The union has accused the Government of “dragging its own feet” on the issue.
# HSE
Judge welcomes resolution of number of actions brought against HSE over assessment of children with special needs
Mr Justice Charles Meenan said the settlement of approximately 20 of these cases was “very satisfactory”.
# Public Health
HSE not at 'starting line' in developing digital health record
An Oireachtas committee heard that the current paper-based record system is holding the health service back.
# camhs
Donnelly says recruitment of youth mental health director will bring 'consistency' to CAMHS
The Dáil is to discuss the findings on Thursday.
# Cost of Living
Plan to abolish public hospital charges to come before Cabinet later
Currently patients can face a charge of €80 per day with an annual cap of a maximum of 10 days costing €800.
# camhs
HSE carrying out review of children in CAMHS services who did not receive follow-up care
A damning interim report auditing children’s mental health services was published today.
# Mental Health
CAMHS report raises serious concerns about children on medication not getting follow-up care
Some children and adolescents seeking mental health treatment are not getting appointments for up to two years, a new report has found.
Some children and adolescents seeking mental health treatment are not getting appointments for up to two years, Órla Ryan reports
In one catchment area, there were 140 "lost" cases where young people didn't receive follow-up care
Dr Susan Finnerty decided to produce an interim report due to "the serious concerns and consequent risks for some patients"
Report into Kerry CAMHS services 'shocking', says Taoiseach as nationwide audit ordered
# Carrick-on-Suir
'It gave peace and dignity': Campaigners press their case to reopen Tipperary hospice
The HSE closed St Brigid’s District Hospital in 2020.
# flu season
Ireland has passed the peak of this year’s 'severe' flu season, according to the CMO
Flu cases have decreased by 48% in the past week.
# HIQA
HSE advised to screen newborns for rare, life threatening condition by HIQA
HIQA has found that screening for the condition could reduce mortality rates
# Vaccination
HSE urges public to get second booster shot as vaccine uptake lags
The renewed appeal comes amid concern over the Kraken variant.
# Trolley crisis
HSE boss: Flu, RSV and Covid figures at levels above Govt's 'most pessimistic modelling' for winter
Planning for next winter to begin early when health system is ‘over the worst’, says Stephen Mulvaney.
Health bosses will appear before the Oireachtas Health Committee today.
Covid, RSV and influenza continue to place significant pressure on GPs and hospitals.
HSE interim CEO to tell TDs that health service staff "do not believe this is acceptable".
Chief medical officer has not advocated for a mask mandate, says Taoiseach
Consultants warn of stark impacts for patients due to 'avoidable delays' in health system
# Healthcare
Healthcare services situation ‘matching or exceeding most pessimistic model’, HSE boss says
Flu was already at levels that made this winter ‘an exceptional season’, the HSE said.
# silent treatment
Slow rollout of eating disorder services 'destroying lives'
Just four of the planned specialist eating disorder teams are operating, with recruitment issues cited by the HSE for the delay.
# Hospital overcrowding
Tánaiste says governance and management issues within overall HSE need evaluation
The organisation is concerned that those in cancer treatment will put off contacting their cancer teams due to fears of being admitted through EDs.
# Hospitals
Consultants warn of stark impacts for patients due to 'avoidable delays' in health system
The HSE has faced significant strain this month amid a surge in cases of respiratory illnesses and presentations in emergency departments.
# winter surge
Surge in viruses seen in the Mid-West as some people contract more than one virus
Public Health Mid-West said it has seen a “noticeable increase” in adults.
# Hospitals
HSE clinical chief says asking hospital staff to work across weekends 'not sustainable'
Dr Colm Henry said there were 248 people on trolleys awaiting admission last night.
# Hospitals
'Not acceptable' that people are dying due to overcrowding, says INMO
The former head of the HSE also stated today that overcrowding has become a permanent feature of the healthcare system.
# National Ambulance Service
Paramedics at 'breaking point' amid winter surge, SIPTU warns
Overcrowding has “severely impacted” with ambulance crews having to “wait hours on end” to hand over their patients.
# INMO
INMO to consult with members on industrial action
The INMO general secretary said ‘what has transpired this week in our hospitals was totally avoidable’.
# Overcrowding
Minister says patients that could be treated in minor injury units are turning up in A&E Depts
Stephen Donnelly says having more senior decision makers on site over the weekend will ramp up hospital discharges.
# Under Pressure
Pressure on hospitals due to respiratory illnesses will likely get worse, Donnelly says
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said the HSE doesn’t believe that the flu wave has peaked.
# Emergency Departments
INMO calls for return of mandatory mask-wearing in crowded settings amid record trolley numbers
Over 931 patients are without beds in Irish hospitals today – the highest number since records began in 2006.
Covid-19 and influenza cases continue to increase rapidly, while notifications of RSV are also increasing
A consultant at University Hospital Limerick said "conditions in many instances are inhumane"
Services at several hospitals around the country are under extreme pressure
# System Overload
Strength of gay community response to monkeypox was ‘key’ in controlling outbreak
After Covid, monkeypox was the first big test for Ireland’s public health system. How did we fare – and what can we learn?
# QUIT SMOKING
Ireland's smoking rate has not dropped since 2019
Some 18% of the population are regular or occasional smokers.
THE MORNING LEAD
Public health reform taking off - but success depends on State tackling inequality
A report by
Peter McGuire
Targets for recruiting public health staff are mainly on track, an investigation by Noteworthy reports.
This follows two decades of campaigning, with experts saying initial improvements are only the beginning
Data collection and analysis lag behind, with improved systems vital to make an impact
Expert: 'Public health medicine doctors were treated as second-class professionals for a long time'
# parking pressure
Government commitment to reduce hospital parking charges ‘not prioritised’
Despite repeated promises, little progress has been made to prevent the cost of hospital parking falling on the most vulnerable.
A HSE implementation plan to reduce parking charges was written in 2019 but 'has been superseded by the passage of time'
It would cost at least €4.75 million to cap daily charges at €10
Advocate: 'It would be an easy win for the government'
Last year
2022
# INMO
Urgent health service demand at never before seen levels amid 'worst year' for hospital overcrowding
It comes amid a warning from the HSE that ‘demand for urgent health services is rising well above levels we have seen before’.
# Organ Donation
250 organ transplants took place in Ireland this year
The HSE has thanked the donors and their families who made the life-saving transplants possible.
# Healthcare
Taoiseach aims to reduce wait for child healthcare and assessments by 2025
Varadkar’s new unit will aim to reduce the time children have to wait to receive healthcare or be assessed for special needs.
# aoife johnston
Taoiseach commits to investigation into death of Aoife Johnston (16) at Limerick hospital
The teenager spent a significant amount of time on a hospital trolley.
# winter surge
HSE warns winter viruses will put hospitals under more pressure 'than has ever been seen'
It forecases that over 900 patients will be in hospital with flu in the first week in January
# IMO
Junior doctors vote overwhelmingly in favour of agreement to tackle unsafe working hours
The agreement also grants guaranteed access to leave for essential exams.
# Trolleys
Mater restricts visits due to high levels of respiratory infections as 'record' overcrowding hits hospitals
It’s the joint-highest number of patients without a bed that the organisation has ever recorded.
# New Job
Tusla chief Bernard Gloster appointed as the HSE's new CEO
He is expected to take up the position in Spring 2023.
# Winter Dose
HSE on 'higher state of alert' as Covid-19 and other illnesses cause concern
Covid-19 hospitalisations and outbreaks in nursing homes have increased in recent weeks.