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

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

HSE Nursing Homes can charge over €2,000 per week

Nursing homes run by the HSE are charging weekly fees of up to €2,139, it emerged yesterday, according to the Irish Independent. However, it remains unclear how much an elderly person who needs to be admitted to one of these homes will have to pay if they have not been … 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

A sad farewell to Mr Maurice Neligan

Mr Maurice Neligan, well known and well respected Heart Surgeon will be sadly missed. He died recently at the age of 73 and the tributes have been flooding in. He performed Ireland’s first ever Heart Transplant in 1985. He worked primarily between the Mater and Crumlin Hospitals and was involved … Continue reading

New Maternity Hospital

A new Maternity Hospital planned for Sandyford has finally received approval for planning permission. The new state of the art maternity hospital will be in Sandyford and will exist for women and children’s hospital needs. It will hold 127 single patient rooms with the divisions being paediatric, maternity and gynaecolgy … Continue reading