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

Our Midwives do us proud

According to the Medical Independent, a major study has found that midwifery-led care is as safe as consultant-led care but uses less intervention in pregnancy and childbirth. The study, commissioned by the HSE and conducted by the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, involved 1,653 women having babies in … Continue reading

Letter from HSE requesting a stop on Locum Doctor Recruitment

Hospitals across the country have received a letter from the HSE stipulating that they must stop recruiting locums to fill vacancies in emergency medicine, according to the Irish Medical News (IMN) However, a senior consultant in emergency medicine has questioned the HSE’s contention that the recent recruitment drive in India and Pakistan has “solved” the need for locum cover in emergency … Continue reading

Women using less reliable contraception due to Recession!

According to the Irish Family Planning Association’s (IFPA) Annual Report 2010, women are using less reliable forms of contraception. The report states that women are choosing less reliable but more expensive contraception methods eg the pill as they cannot afford the initial outlay for more effective long term contraception. According … Continue reading

Recruiting more NCHD’s will reduce overtime bill

The HSE will end up with more NCHDs in certain specialties than the number of existing vacancies after it allocates trainee doctors currently being recruited from India and Pakistan, Irish Medical Times exclusively reports.   Correspondence seen by IMT reveals that this is as a result of a deliberate plan … 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