1st for Ireland’s health as nearly 4,000 lives have been saved since the smoking ban started in 2004

Health Minister Micheál Martin (at the time) introduced the no smoking ban in the workplace and Ireland was the first country in the world to do this. The ban commenced on the 29th March, 2004 and included restaurants, bars and pubs. A study that started immediately after the ban was … Continue reading

We could have an excellent health service – if only we had no patients.

An old joke often told about our beloved health service is that it would be more proficiently run if it didn’t have to treat any patients. Funding and planning healthcare in Ireland has always sounded better in theory than in practise and it seems to have always been that way … Continue reading

St Columcille’s Hospital, Loughlinstown – Services to close?

There have been calls on Health Minister James Reilly to clarify the Government’s position on the future of services at St Columcille’s Hospital in Loughlinstown. It had been suggested that the 24-hour Accident and Emergency unit would close and the hospital would only operate a daytime minor injury service. The … Continue reading

Our Health System could bankrupt our Country

Health Minister James Reilly has warned that unless reforms are made our healthcare system alone could bankrupt the country. “Even if we were not facing the dire financial situation this country does face, if we had no plan to reform our health service, the country would be bankrupted by the … Continue reading

Welcome to our new Health Minister – Dr James Reilly

As was widely expected, Fine Gael’s Dr James Reilly has been appointed Minister for Health in the new coalition Government (Irishhealth.com) Dr Reilly was first elected to the Dail in 2007 and was appointed Fine Gael health spokesman shortly afterwards. He was appointed the party’s Deputy Leader last July. He … Continue reading

St Lukes Next?

Is St Lukes next on the chopping board for Mary Harney? It seems this is where she has her eye. It has been reported that the cancer facility will be kept on as a terminally ill care centre as opposed to being “sold off”. Operations will be split between St … Continue reading