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# Health system

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Would it work here: Could Ireland bring in a national electronic healthcare record for everyone?
Electronic healthcare records are already in place in several European countries.
Open Thread: What one change would you like to see in the Irish healthcare system?
This month, The Good Information Project is looking at healthcare in Ireland and we want to hear from you.
Can Ireland's health system be fixed, or is it beyond repair?
This month, The Good Information Project will take a look at healthcare in Ireland.
System still under strain but latest data shows link between cases and hospitalisations weakening
Health officials and ICU doctors say the coronavirus is still having a significant impact on Irish hospitals.
Despite record-breaking case numbers, the amount of people in hospital with Covid-19 is far short of the peak of the pandemic.
"The more Covid cases we have the less we can do of other things," the HSE has warned.
ICU doctors say Covid is having a direct impact on the care patients receive.
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Healthcare worker absences due to Covid-19 at highest level since January
The HSE’s Paul Reid said this afternoon that the healthcare system is “under very significant pressure”.
HSE's Dr Colm Henry: 'We’re heading into a difficult winter, there’s no doubt about that'
However, he said situation in the health system is “different” than last year.
Left to die at the side of a road - south east Asian country's ageing population leads to humanitarian crisis
Years of domestic turmoil and a health system in tatters has seen Myanmar abandoning its elderly to their fate.
'Grave doubts' that Irish hospitals could cope with a massive disaster
“We would struggle to deliver care” warns consultant in emergency medicine as waiting lists and overcrowding dominate health sector.
Thousands of nurses to see pay rise of at least €1,000 next year
The Minister for Health has announced the restoration of their increments.
Man who had stroke while driving through Port Tunnel saved by new clinical trial
Paul Lambe benefited from a rollout of new Irish research that is tackling cancer, strokes and health crises.
'Last Tuesday was the hardest and most dangerous shift I've ever worked'
Every morning and every evening nurses are in tears, tears of frustration, despair, hopelessness and exhaustion, writes Carol Cronin.
Enda to Micheál: 'You ran like a scalded cat, as fast as your legs could carry you'
The Taoiseach accused former health minister Micheál Martin of doubling health spend without achieving any results.
Tom Clonan: 'Ireland is on the brink of a perfect storm in our health services'
Minister Varadkar needs to do ‘the bleeding obvious’ and demonstrate real leadership, writes Tom Clonan.
A new specialist centre hopes to pin down tough to diagnose rare diseases
The National Rare Diseases Office was opened today by the Health Minister.
Apparently GPs can renew medical cards - but did anyone tell GPs?
Who told whom what, and when?
'I hope he survives': Senator Crown doesn't think Reilly has been given the chance he needs in health
Earlier this week Reilly said the health budget had run over by €158 million.
GPs in "absolute crisis" - and it could take generations to recover
One group said that they could cut back on pro bono work if the situation continues.
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.
Problems recruiting consultants? 'Let's deal with it'
The IMO said this evening that there has been nothing but “disincentives and obstacles” put in the way of highly skilled doctors.
Almost 60,000 people waited on trolleys in Emergency Departments last year
New figures show the level of overcrowding at hospitals around the country.
HSE Service Plan will target €25 million in medical card probity – not €113 million
The Taoiseach confirmed to the Dáil this evening that the document would be published, following discussions at Cabinet today.
Reilly emphatically rejects claims HSE knew about CRC top-ups
A former CRC chairman claimed that “very top people” at the HSE attended a 2009 meeting at which which privately-funded payments for staff were agreed to.
Doctors call for appointment of 500 new GPs to address 'manpower crisis'
The National Association of General Practitioners says 150 practices around the country are at risk of closure due to funding shortages.
Column: Paying top-ups to senior staff raises serious questions about hospital operations
There’s something wrong in the system when we are topping-up hospital executives’ pay while clamping patients in hospital car parks for money, writes Catherine Murphy TD.
Damien Kiberd: Why we need to deliver an Irish version of the NHS
Two million Irish people pay for private health cover out of fear of our public system – but both are broken. Here’s what we COULD do…
Strike threat still on the table as doctors and HSE resume talks
Teams from both sides have been assessing rosters to see how shifts can be brought down below 24 hours.
Reilly: Free GP care for under 5s still on track
The Health Minister added that he did not do this job to be popular.
Kenny defends small savings from cuts to public allowances
The Taoiseach says the government remains committed to implementing the Croke Park deal despite missing targets on public allowances.
Column: There were no proper CF facilities for my son in Cork - so we built some
Facilities for people with cystic fibrosis weren’t great when my son was diagnosed, writes Joe Browne. Now Cork has one of the most advanced clinics in the world. Here’s how we did it.
Nine hospitals carrying debts of €500k because of funding delay
Medical Independent reveals that funding for scheme to purchase private nursing home beds has been delayed.
Comedian Anne Gildea lays bare cancer experience
Six-month journey of The Nualas performer through breast cancer diagnosis and treatment chronicled in RTÉ2 doc tonight.
Expert group to examine universal health insurance proposal
The scheme will transform Ireland’s healthcare into a “single-tier” system, the Department of Health said.
HSE proposes freezing issuing of new medical cards
This was one of a number proposals put forward by the HSE to the Department of Health and Children because of current financial pressures.
Limerick A&E nurses begin strike
Nurses at Limerick’s Mid Western Regional Hospital are holding a picket line outside thie hospital from 1pm to 5pm today.
Deputy Leaders clash over nurses, Irish and economy
A Deputy Leaders’ debate sees Mary Hanafin, James Reilly and Joan Burton discuss the economy and other issues.