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#Health Service Executive

# health-service-executive - Saturday 18 February, 2012

34 consultants rapped for treating more private patients than public ones

Almost three-dozen consultants employed by the state spent more time treating private patients than public ones.

# health-service-executive - Wednesday 8 February, 2012

Sinn Féin says government has 'no plan at all' for health service exodus

The party says it has received figures detailing 3,800 departures from the health service under the early retirement scheme

# health-service-executive - Tuesday 7 February, 2012

More than 2,000 to retire from health service by end of month

Enda Kenny has given a detailed breakdown of the numbers expected to leave, after fears were raised over the impact on services.

# health-service-executive - Thursday 26 January, 2012

Taoiseach slams doctor who has warned mothers and babies could die

Warnings that an exodus of midwives from the HSE will lead to deaths have been branded ‘outrageous’ by Enda Kenny.

# health-service-executive - Tuesday 24 January, 2012

Pharmaceuticals should be much cheaper - ESRI

In a major new report, the Economic and Social Research Institute suggests pharmacies should display their prices in-store and offer more generic drugs.

# health-service-executive - Friday 20 January, 2012

HSE underspent on dental care by €11.5m last year

Dentists are furious at new figures which showed that the HSE had budgeted €63m for dental care, but only spent €51.5m.

# health-service-executive - Thursday 19 January, 2012

Hospices will need 'goodwill of their local communities to keep going' - IHF

The Irish Hospice Foundation has raised concerns about the cuts imposed to the palliative care budget by the HSE’s National Service Plan.

# health-service-executive - Tuesday 17 January, 2012

Call for HIQA to probe ambulance response following Drogheda death

Gerald Nash has called for an inquiry after an ambulance had to be requested from a town 25km away to handle an accident in which a pedestrian died in Drogheda yesterday evening.

Health minister says frontline services will be hit by budget cuts

James Reilly insisted that the effects of the three-quarters-of-a-billion euro in cuts to the health sector would be “mitigated”.

# health-service-executive - Wednesday 21 December, 2011

HSE shake-up is 'only creating semblance of change' - Sinn Féin. HSE

HSE shake-up is 'only creating semblance of change' - Sinn Féin.

A seven-member directorate is to be introduced to pave the way for the abolishment of the Health Service Executive but the changes had been met with some scepticism.

# health-service-executive - Wednesday 7 December, 2011

Abbeyleix nursing home gets reprieve as HSE to hold consultation

The Health Service Executive has said it will now hold a consultation with residents after they challenged the closure in the High Court.

# health-service-executive - Wednesday 16 November, 2011

HSE announces second Laois nursing unit closure in two weeks HSE

HSE announces second Laois nursing unit closure in two weeks

St Brigid’s Hospital – a 28-bed unit in Shane, Portlaoise – will be closed, just two weeks after a unit in Abbeyleix was shut.

# health-service-executive - Tuesday 18 October, 2011

Ireland will do whatever "humanly possible" to stop children dying in care - Kenny

Enda Kenny assures the Dáil that the State will do whatever it must to ensure that no more children die in its care.

Twenty-two young people died while known to State care services

The deaths took place over nine months in 2010, and include four cases of suicide.

# health-service-executive - Saturday 15 October, 2011

Minister defends Lotto advertising on HSE website

James Reilly says the HSE uses National Lottery funding to assist community groups, and that advertising the Lotto is appropriate.

# health-service-executive - Thursday 8 September, 2011

HSE promises review of consultants' 'paid year off' before retirement

Around 450 consultants are entitled to a full year of annual leave, fully paid, in the year before their retirement.

# health-service-executive - Saturday 27 August, 2011

83 per cent of HSE's new ambulances not yet put to use

The Medical Independent says less than a sixth of almost 100 vehicles bought by the HSE haven’t been deployed for use yet.

# health-service-executive - Thursday 14 July, 2011

HSE spent nearly €200m on taxis and private ambulances in five years HSE

HSE spent nearly €200m on taxis and private ambulances in five years

The HSE spent almost €2 million staff taxis alone between 2008 and 2010 – but has defended this, saying this was a “cost-effective solution”.

# health-service-executive - Thursday 30 June, 2011

Watchdog says serious risks to patients at Tallaght hospital

The Health Information and Quality Authority has published the terms of reference of its statutory inquiry into care in the hospital’s A&E.

# health-service-executive - Monday 16 May, 2011

Reilly hails "new phase" as HSE new interim board announced HSE

Reilly hails "new phase" as HSE new interim board announced

Health minister James Reilly says the new HSE board will change the relationship between the HSE and the Department.

# health-service-executive - Thursday 12 May, 2011

Schools works suspended as building firm claims Government owes "substantial monies"

Cordil Construction has temporarily suspended some 450 jobs claiming it is owed money from Government departments, including the HSE and the Department of Education for projects.

# health-service-executive - Friday 6 May, 2011

Public sector workforce falls by 2,000 in first quarter of 2011

The latest figures included news that 2,305 posts were shed in the health area.

# health-service-executive - Thursday 28 April, 2011

HSE board to resign as Reilly announces major changes HSE

HSE board to resign as Reilly announces major changes

The news comes as it was reported earlier that the minister for health would ask the board to resign at a meeting today.

# health-service-executive - Monday 4 April, 2011

THE HSE CHIEF responsible for the welfare and protection of children has welcomed government plans to create a new standalone agency to oversee child protection – and believes it will be set up soon as a matter of government priority. Gordon Jeyes, the HSE’s national director for children and families, told RTÉ he also expected that all children in care would have access to social workers before the end of the year.

# health-service-executive - Friday 11 March, 2011

Nursing unions warn of possible disruptions to health services from Monday

New pay rates for agency staff could result in disruptions from next week.

# health-service-executive - Friday 19 November, 2010

Harney says 3,000 HSE redundancies and Budget cuts will have ‘major impact’ HSE

Harney says 3,000 HSE redundancies and Budget cuts will have ‘major impact’

As the deadline for HSE voluntary redundancies arrives, Harney says Budget cuts and job losses will take their toll.

# health-service-executive - Tuesday 19 October, 2010

HSE spent €92m on agency staff to beat recruitment ban HSE

HSE spent €92m on agency staff to beat recruitment ban

New figures obtained by Fine Gael showed that the HSE spent 36% more on hiring staff than simply employing them.

# health-service-executive - Thursday 7 October, 2010

Officials "cannot investigate" waste of HSE training funds

Reps from the HSE can’t investigate details of trips abroad, because SIPTU has the document it needs.

# health-service-executive - Wednesday 6 October, 2010

Taoiseach denies turning blind eye to HSE waste

Brian Cowen tells the Dáil he will not be ignoring the controversial report that showed reckless spending.

# health-service-executive - Tuesday 5 October, 2010

HSE audit outlines shocking wastes of public cash

A report to be presented to the Public Accounts Committee outlines massive waste of HSE training funds.

# health-service-executive - Friday 24 September, 2010

Grealish confirms defection to Dáil opposition benches

The former PD leaves over an objection to hospital funding cuts – while his former party colleague is Minister for Health.

# health-service-executive - Thursday 9 September, 2010

HSE's €103m budget overrun

Highest portion budget deficit recorded at HSE West.

# health-service-executive - Friday 3 September, 2010

HSE payroll system costs state €6m a year

One of the costliest inventions of the Celtic Tiger continues to haunt Ireland.

# health-service-executive - Tuesday 17 August, 2010

OVER TWO THOUSAND people formed a human chain around Portiuncula Hospital this afternoon in a public protest against any proposals to downgrade the services operated at the hospital.

The protest is the latest in a series of demonstrations against any downgrade, and was organised after protestors claimed the hospital was under “serious threat” from the ongoing shortage of public funds.

The 197-bed hospital, serving both south Roscommon and east Galway, is expected to run a deficit of between €5m and €7m in 2010.

The demonstrators included hospital staff and former patients as well as members of community groups and hospital staff, of which there are 650.

Staff unions told RTÉ that there was a “serious and ongoing threat” to the future viability of the hospital, with Action Committee Chairman Padraig Mulligan saying that removing €7m from the hospital’s annual funding of about €50m would have massive impact on patient care.

Protestors told Galway Bay FM that the human chain was intended to send a message to the government that they would have to deal with significant local hostility if they intended to proceeds with spending cuts at the facility.

The Health Service Executive (HSE), however, has said there is “absolutely no hidden plan” to downgrade the hospital or cut services at either Portiuncula or the neighbouring Roscommon County Hospital.

8,000 people held a demonstration on the streets in Roscommon town on Saturday in protest at what they maintained were plans to downgrade the latter hospital.

# health-service-executive - Monday 16 August, 2010

WAITING 24 hours for a bed is not a thing of the past according to figures released by the HSE.

The daily “census” which records how many patients have been waiting for admission to a hospital ward each day at 2pm, shows that in 3% of cases patients wait more than 24 hours for a bed.

The figures also reveal that 39% of patients waited between 12 and 24 hours and 21% waited between six and 12 hours to be admitted.

Connolly Hospital is the only hospital in the country to have patients waiting more than 24 hours to be admitted to a ward after turning up at the emergency department.

Seven hospitals had patients waiting between six and 12 hours to be admitted, Roscommon Hospital, Our Lady’s in Navan, the Adelaide and Meath, the Mercy in Cork and Dublin’s Mater, Beaumont and Connolly hospitals.

The HSE maintains that “the vast majority of patients admitted from the Emergency Department do not wait for admission”. They say that 52% don’t wait at all for admission.

The news comes just as Dr James Reilly revealed that almost 18,000 surgeries were cancelled last year.

# health-service-executive - Sunday 1 August, 2010

The Sunday Independent leads with a report issued by O’Connell St department store Clerys, which implicitly rubbishes the government’s claims to have successfully staved off the worst of the financial crisis.

It also reveals that golfer Padraig Harrington has lost about €4m he invested in a UK technology firm U4EA, while Dermot Desmond lost about €14.5m, according to its administrator’s latest figures.

Inside, Celia Larkin – the former partner of Bertie Ahern – says that the Galway Races are a much more enjoyable occasion without Fianna Fáil’s fundraising tent. Life magazine interviews Beyoncé.

The Sunday Business Post says that some of Ireland’s highest earners used a series of tax allowance loopholes to pay as little as 4% tax on their earnings in 2008.

It also reveals that Arnotts’ ill-fated expansion into the Jervis Centre cost it €40m, as the department store is forced to close off some arms because of its crippling €320m debt.

Inside it reveals that the rate of TV licence payments is down, according to An Post, while Ireland’s reputation as being a cinema-loving nation is under threat with attendances down 7% in the last six months.

Agenda magazine publishes extracts from a new novel recalling the moment the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.

The Sunday Tribune gives its front page to a secret HSE report which says that cutbacks in the health service pose a major safety risk to the elderly, the mentally ill, and mothers and babies.

It also tells how GAA fans have attacked the organisation for increasing the prices of ten-year premium tickets in Croke Park by 63% at a specially convened meeting of ticketholders during the week.

Inside it says that renovations works on Leinster House cost over €1m last year – mainly to keep the “crumbling 18th century residence” safe.

T2 magazine investigates the death of Phoebe Prince, the Clare teen who hanged herself after intensive bullying at her school in Massachusetts.

The Sunday Times leads with news that the bosses of commercial state companies are facing significant pay cuts, under new rules to be announced by Brian Lenihan in the autumn.

It also carries the slightly offbeat story that the German ambassador to Ireland has demanded that RTÉ relocate the set of Fair City, because work on the set wakes him up in his nearby Donnybrook home.

Inside it asks whether WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange is a freedom fighter or information terrorist, while Style magazine interviews Catherine Zeta-Jones.