Elder Abuse Service receiving increased referrals

Almost 2,600 referrals were made to the HSE’s Elder Abuse Service last year. This is the highest number of referrals received by the service since its establishment in 2007. According to the HSE’s 2014 review of the service, a total of 2,592 referrals were made last year, a 5% increase … Continue reading

Our sick children left waiting years for Medical care

    Our sick children are left waiting years for Medical Care – Thousands of sick children are waiting between one and four years or more to see a consultant in public outpatients at Dublin’s two largest children’s hospitals.     The numbers include many children with heart, brain, ENT, … Continue reading

HSE financial deficit close to €300million

  The Health Service Executive has told the Government that in a worst-case scenario its financial deficit for this year could be close to €300 million, significantly higher than previously stated. The director general of the HSE, Tony O’Brien, warned the Department of Health and the Department of Public Expenditure … Continue reading

Putting the health of our Doctors and Patients at risk

A worrying report in the Independent today reveals how a junior Doctor regularly works 30-hour shifts, forcing her to choose between sleeping and eating afterwards. Dr Libby Ennis (28), a senior house officer in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, has recorded a stark and revealing audio diary which highlights how exhausted junior doctors are left … 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

Should we weigh our school children?

Have we got to the stage where we weigh our school children. The importance of the right diet and good nutrition and encouraging healthy eating habits from an early age is imperative in combating Ireland’s growing obesity epidemic. Most childhood obesity is caused by simply eating too much and not … Continue reading

HSE admits €750m in cuts will hit services

UP TO 600 public nursing home beds are to close, more acute hospital beds will shut and there will be cuts to community, mental health and disability services under the Health Service Executive’s service plan for the year, which was published yesterday. Overall health spending is to be reduced by … Continue reading

€10 million pharmaceutical price reduction planned

The Department of Health is currently in negotiations with the Association of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers of Ireland (APMI) to deliver price reductions on generic medications to the tune of about €10 million in a full year, Irish Medical Times reports.  New measures aimed at achieving further reductions in pharmaceutical expenditure envisage … Continue reading