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#Health Care

# health-care - Tuesday 14 November, 2017

Temple Street Children's Hospital warns of overcrowding at its emergency department

It is asking parents to think about all their care and treatment options before attending the ED.

# health-care - Tuesday 16 May, 2017

Poll: Do you think healthcare is a privilege or a right? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you think healthcare is a privilege or a right?

The new Miss USA is under fire for her controversial comments about health care.

# health-care - Sunday 16 April, 2017

Psoriatic arthritis: 'It is very much an invisible illness because I look and appear fine'

It is unacceptable to only have access to medical experts and services within regular business hours, writes Sandra Quinn.

# health-care - Thursday 10 November, 2016

HSE boss apologises after leaked memo said patients could be removed with "minimum force"

Minister for Health Simon Harris said that the rescinded memo was “utterly offensive and unacceptable”.

# health-care - Wednesday 9 November, 2016

Questions raised after memo said patients could be removed with "minimum force" HSE

Questions raised after memo said patients could be removed with "minimum force"

Minister for Health Simon Harris said that the rescinded memo was “utterly offensive and unacceptable”.

# health-care - Saturday 25 July, 2015

Do you have a health insurance with Laya Healthcare? It could be going up

Ireland’s second largest health insurer Laya Healthcare is hiking up its prices for some of its policies.

# health-care - Tuesday 10 February, 2015

Ireland is one of the worst places in Europe to retire right now

A lack of doctors means the country’s rating for healthcare has plunged.

# health-care - Wednesday 26 November, 2014

Apparently GPs can renew medical cards - but did anyone tell GPs?

Who told whom what, and when?

# health-care - Friday 17 October, 2014

Column: What is life like in a city hit by Ebola? An Irish voice from Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone is a very friendly, sociable place but that is changing. People are avoiding church and the mosque, and shops have chlorine buckets outside for people to wash their hands before they enter.

# health-care - Monday 6 October, 2014

Column: Palliative care considers the mind, body and spiritual needs of the person

Palliative care is not just about pain relief for older people during their final days – it’s about quality of life for your loved one.

# health-care - Saturday 4 October, 2014

Opinion: Water fluoridation is controversial, but trust evidence over scaremongering

Scare tactics and misinformation should have no place in deciding public health policy.

# health-care - Friday 3 October, 2014

Opinion: 'The medical card review scheme is a shambles'

I have a significant physical disability; my experience over the past seven months proves that medical card fiasco rumbles on.

# health-care - Tuesday 19 August, 2014

Poll: Should Varadkar have accepted the nurses' challenge? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should Varadkar have accepted the nurses' challenge?

The Minister for Health turned down an offer to observe a 12-hour shift in an Emergency Department.

# health-care - Monday 18 August, 2014

‘Pay as you go’ health insurance set to hit the market

The plan will give people the ability to upgrade their hospital care at the time of need.

# health-care - Tuesday 12 August, 2014

Comic depicting Irish nurses in Australia sparks anger online

It follows a hospital recruitment drive targeting specifically Irish nurses.

Poll: Should drunk patients be charged more for A&E visits? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should drunk patients be charged more for A&E visits?

The suggestion has been raised in Northern Ireland that charges should be introduced to deter abuse of the system.

# health-care - Monday 11 August, 2014

Junior doctors won't bother staying in Ireland unless tax breaks are introduced

Students on the Graduate Entry Programme are required to pay full fees of up to €16,000 per year.

# health-care - Wednesday 23 April, 2014

Unsuitable treatment for children in mental health units

The structure of one ward was described as “not suitable for residents”.

# health-care - Tuesday 1 April, 2014

Reilly accused of needing Prime Time programme to be aired before taking action

The Health Minister was questioned on a range of health care topic in the Dáil today.

# health-care - Tuesday 10 December, 2013

TD calls for government response to suspensions at Stewarts Care

A number of staff have been suspended at the facility following allegations of abuse.

# health-care - Wednesday 23 October, 2013

Column: Ireland has a postcode lottery for health

Good citizenship in conjunction with some collaborative working between communities and government could build better and healthier communities, writes Anne-Maree Quinn.

# health-care - Thursday 16 May, 2013

Cutting edge technologies in healthcare will increase efficiency

Tablet devices for nurses and electronic medical records – just some of the ideas showcased at a digital healthcare gathering in Dublin yesterday.

# health-care - Thursday 2 May, 2013

From The Daily Edge Man pretends to be member of Pink Floyd to get free health care Uncomfortably Numb

Man pretends to be member of Pink Floyd to get free health care

He would have got away with it too, if it wasn’t for those pesky… er… cops.

# health-care - Wednesday 13 March, 2013

Concern for elderly health over budget cuts

Older people are more likely to spend more nights in hospital and to visit the GP, a TILDA study found.

# health-care - Saturday 15 December, 2012

Bishops say new bill is moving Philippines towards legal abortion

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines allege the Reproductive Health Bill promotes pre-marital sex and threatens the “moral fibre” of the country.

# health-care - Sunday 25 November, 2012

Column: ‘Working from a cave in Syria we did over 100 operations’

Paul McMaster, a surgeon experienced in working in war zones, says Syria was a “more oppressive type of danger”.

# health-care - Friday 14 September, 2012

Is your mobile phone the key to getting fit?

A former White House fitness expert is asking that very question, as he believes mobile fitness units could “change the face of health care”.

# health-care - Thursday 13 September, 2012

Breaches of patient information addressed by new guidelines

HIQA issues document for health and social care workers to try to prevent privacy of patient data being breached.

# health-care - Monday 27 August, 2012

Lack of practical arrangements increase stress for Alzheimer's carers - survey

A lack of clear legal and financial arrangements for those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease increasing stress and puts a strain on family relationships, a new survey indicates.

# health-care - Sunday 15 April, 2012

Almost 60 per cent more women than men dying from stroke

New statistics have highlighted the risk of stroke amongst women in Ireland, showing that stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer.

# health-care - Wednesday 29 February, 2012

Less than half of Irish population have health insurance cover

New figures from the Health Insurance Authority show that 47 per cent of the population are covered by inpatient health insurance.

# health-care - Wednesday 30 November, 2011

Dublin ranked 26th best place to live in the world

For all Ireland’s economic woes, our capital still beats Paris, London, Tokyo and Boston in terms of quality of life… while Baghdad, unsurprisingly, comes last.

# health-care - Tuesday 12 July, 2011

Mortality figures at Roscommon hospital disputed

The government has been accused of misleading the public – and the HSE has admitted that HIQA inspectors never visited Roscommon Hospital before compiling their reports.

# health-care - Tuesday 7 June, 2011

US embassy warned diplomats about crumbling healthcare system

Visiting US diplomats were advised to be patient in the case of a medical emergency, because A&E wards are so overcrowded.

# health-care - Thursday 14 April, 2011

VHI says deficit narrowed by €3.1m last year VHI

VHI says deficit narrowed by €3.1m last year

VHI has released it annual report – showing that its losses narrowed by a massive €3.16 million in 2010.

# health-care - Wednesday 16 March, 2011

Minister for Health to abolish 50c prescription charge

Dr James Reilly has said that the 50c prescription charge serves as a deterrent to people obtaining essential medication.

# health-care - Wednesday 11 August, 2010

THE PSYCHIATRIC NURSES’ ASSOCIATION (PNA) claims that mental health services in Ireland are in ‘freefall’ with 20% of nurses retiring from the HSE over the past two years.

The association says that almost 600 nurses retires last year many due to stress and assaults from patients. The association also says that a further 250 are set to retire next year.

PNA General Secretary Des Kavanagh said that levels of violence are unprecedented. ‘Bouncers’ and security firms were being hired to provide ‘secure care’ due to the lack of nurse.

Kavanagh told RTE that gardaí in riot year were called to a number of hospitals last year. Only last week he said a patient in Tallaght set fire to the unit, another patient broke through the ceiling in a unit and wrapped himself in electrical wire.

Kavangh said there are now a large number of vacancies in the HSE. Kavanagh said that an exemption in the recruitment moratorium in the HSE only allows for 100 new nurses to be hired despite the large exodus.

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