Irish Hospital Consultants under scrutiny

The RTE reported this week that patient safety may be compromised in public hospitals because of the appointment of doctors without specialist training to consultant positions.The Irish Hospital Consultants Association has criticised the practice saying quality of care is being affected. The HSE has confirmed that 128 doctors who are … Continue reading

Nuns will not have any involvement in new Dublin Maternity Hospital

The Religious Sisters of Charity will be not be involved in the ownership or management of the new National Maternity Hospital, it has been confirmed. The Sisters have announced that they will relinquish ownership of three hospitals – St Vincent’s University Hospital, where the new maternity hospital is to be … 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

Our Nurses and Midwives are angry

Our Nurses and Midwives are angry – Nurses and midwives are to be balloted for industrial action over a number of issues, including the failure to recruit more staff. According to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), it has made this decision following a review of the outcome of … Continue reading