Budget 2018 from a Medical perspective

Budget 2018 effect on Health The Department of Health will have a budget of almost €15.3 billion next year, however doctors have described Budget 2018 as ‘deeply disappointing and regressive’ from a health perspective. According to the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO), the health budget for next year will not be … Continue reading

Sleep more beneficial to our well being then a 50% pay rise

A very interesting report this week in the Irish Times points out a healthy amount of sleep has a far higher impact on wellbeing than a 50 per cent increase in disposable income, a study of Britons’ quality of life has found. There is a significant gap between those who are … Continue reading

Alcohol promotions for our school leavers

The HSE has expressed concern about the number of drinking promotions already on offer to young people getting their Leaving Cert results this week. Over 55,000 people received their results yesterday and many of these are expected to attend parties in nightclubs and other venues nationwide for the next few nights The … Continue reading

Social Media ‘wreaking havoc’ on the health of our young people

A dramatic rise in the use of computers and social media is wreaking havoc on the health of young people, a report from the World Health Organisation (WHO) has suggested. The study found a “continuous steep increase” between 2002 and 2014 in the proportion of children and young people using technology … Continue reading

‘No Religious Interference’ guaranteed for our new Maternity Hospital?

Members of the public are continuing to sign a petition to prevent the Sisters of Charity from becoming the sole owners of the new National Maternity Hospital (NMH), despite the Minister for Health’s insistence that the hospital will have ‘clinical, operational and financial independence’. Over 74,000 people have signed a … Continue reading

More fruit and veg please…………

In the Irishhealth.com website this week, a most interesting report showed – Almost eight million premature deaths could be avoided worldwide if people consumed more fruit and vegetables, new research has found. According to the findings, eating 800g of fruit and vegetables every day – that is around 10 portions … Continue reading

The amount of Patients waiting on trolleys ‘absolutely unacceptable’

The INMO says 601 patients were on trolleys or wards waiting for admission to a hospital bed yesterday Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald has said it was “absolutely unacceptable” that hundreds of patients are waiting on trolleys in hospitals, as a hospital consultant warned 350 people could die needlessly this year. There … Continue reading

Pancreas Transplants in St Vincents Hospital Dublin

One of the most interesting medical developments I have read from this week comes from RTE – St Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin has said that its pancreas transplant is now live, over two years after the programme first transferred from Beaumont hospital. No pancreas transplants have been performed here since … Continue reading