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#Medical Independent

# medical-independent - Wednesday 18 October, 2017

The HSE has recorded 11 aggressive incidents against staff and patients A DAY since 2012

22,402 ‘incidents of harm’ have been put on record since January 2012.

# medical-independent - Friday 23 December, 2016

Harris pushed for €1 increase on cigarettes and 75c on wine

There was a 50 cent increase on cigarettes in Budget 2017 but none of Harris’ recommendations on alcohol were included.

# medical-independent - Monday 6 April, 2015

Over 300 people donated their bodies to medical science from 2012 - 2014

There are five medical schools who take donations in Ireland.

# medical-independent - Sunday 27 July, 2014

Irish hospitals to start giving away old equipment

The programme will help hospitals in Zambia and Uganda.

# medical-independent - Saturday 26 July, 2014

Thousands of certificates allowing doctors to work overseas granted

It follows fears of a manpower shortage in the health sector.

# medical-independent - Friday 30 May, 2014

HSE cannot contact home-schooled girls to provide HPV vaccine

The HSE are ‘not in a position’ to do so because of data protection issues.

# medical-independent - Friday 2 May, 2014

Four days of social media training cost HIQA €9,000

Part of the Authority’s remit is to promote public awareness of its services.

# medical-independent - Thursday 1 May, 2014

Almost half of suicides in community mental health services were not investigated

A HSE report found that some of the investigations that did take place were “informal”.

Gay men's health clinic turned down for vaccination funding

The National Immunisation Programme refused the request.

# medical-independent - Friday 25 October, 2013

HSE report shows Ireland on the way to eliminating German measles

The report delivered to the World Health Organisation shows that there were no cases of the disease between 2010-2012.

# medical-independent - Friday 30 August, 2013

New figures show 309 alleged assaults on emergency staff in one year

The Department of Justice published the figures, which show the rate of convictions and non-convictions.

# medical-independent - Thursday 8 August, 2013

Junior doctors expected to vote in favour of industrial action

They will be balloted today on whether to take action over the government’s lack of implementation of EU rules on working hours.

# medical-independent - Friday 12 April, 2013

Cannabis-based oral spray approved for use in Ireland

However the medicine, which would boost the quality of life of MS sufferers, can’t be made available until the government changes legislation.

# medical-independent - Thursday 14 February, 2013

HSE rehired three staff the day after they retired

Data obtained by the Medical Independent shows 120 former employees were rehired by the HSE last year.

# medical-independent - Thursday 31 January, 2013

Junior doctors in Cork worked almost 125,000 overtime hours in 5 months

Earlier this month it was revealed that junior doctors are being asked to work 36 hours in succession.

# medical-independent - Friday 14 December, 2012

The 9 at 9: Friday

Good morning! Every day brings you the nine things you need to know as you kick off your day.

# medical-independent - Friday 2 November, 2012

Irish hospitals spent €815k on debt collectors to retrieve unpaid hospital fees

Beaumont Hospital in Dublin spent more than twice as much as any other hospital in the country on debt collectors.

# medical-independent - Thursday 18 October, 2012

James Reilly to target lengthy sick leave

The Health Minister will demand that hospitals take a tougher line with staff in order to target excessive absenteeism rates.

HSE spends around €10,000 on appointment texts HSE

HSE spends around €10,000 on appointment texts

Some hospitals use the texts in a bid to reduce non attendance at clinical appointments.

# medical-independent - Thursday 20 September, 2012

HSE costs for morning after pill fall

The drop in reimbursement is being explained by the availability of the pill over the counter – one brand became available OTC in pharmacies in February 2011.

# medical-independent - Friday 7 September, 2012

Department of Health to spend over €130,000 on six-week review

The six-person team will cost about €22,000 each for the six-week period.

# medical-independent - Thursday 17 May, 2012

Investigation launched into Coombe maternal death

There were five maternal deaths at the Coombe between 2000 – 2011, with none as a result of obstetric causes.

# medical-independent - Friday 6 April, 2012

Thousands of 'incidents and near misses' at two hospitals last year

Medical Independent sees documents recording accidents and other incidents at Tallaght and Cork University Hospital last year.

# medical-independent - Thursday 5 April, 2012

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.

# medical-independent - Friday 10 February, 2012

Academic clinician numbers here are half the recommended level

Report in 2006 strongly recommended appointments to standardise Irish medical training – but only 49 of the recommended 99 existed five years later.

# medical-independent - Thursday 9 February, 2012

Blood platelet service to be cancelled due to staff shortage

Blood Transfusion Service finding it difficult to retain staff for specialised job with anti-social hours.

# medical-independent - Friday 27 January, 2012

Vomiting bug infections more than double last year's rate

The number of outbreaks of the winter vomiting bug in the first week of 2012 is more than double the rate from last year.

# medical-independent - Thursday 1 December, 2011

Hundreds of patients referred to private fund – only to be seen by same consultant

Hundreds of consultants referred patients to the National Treatment Purchase Fund – and ended up treating them a second time.

# medical-independent - Friday 18 November, 2011

HSE losing money over delay in reference pricing

Potential savings of almost €20 million have not been realised on just two commonly-used drugs.

# medical-independent - Friday 4 November, 2011

Bullying rife in the HSE

There have been 135 cases of alleged bullying and sexual harassment within the organisation since 2007.

# medical-independent - Friday 21 October, 2011

Hospitals told to improve fee collections - or face sanctions

Hospitals are currently owed more than €200 million in relation to patient private charges – €85 million of which is caused by consultants not signing off on insurance claims.

# medical-independent - Thursday 20 October, 2011

Please don't send patients here, hospital department tells GPs

The dermatology department at a Limerick hospital has urged local GPs to refer patients elsewhere “in the interest of safety”.

# medical-independent - Thursday 6 October, 2011

Vaccines worth €6 million destroyed by HSE

Over €6 million in stocks of vaccines were destroyed by the HSE between 2005 and 2010.

# medical-independent - 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.

# medical-independent - Friday 26 August, 2011

HSE spent €100,000 on ten-day trip to South Asia HSE

HSE spent €100,000 on ten-day trip to South Asia

The last-minute trip to find junior doctors in India and Pakistan cost more than €10,000 a day.

# medical-independent - Friday 12 August, 2011

HIQA investigations cost more than €1 million

The four investigations were carried out by the Health Information and Quality Authority.

# medical-independent - Thursday 30 June, 2011

One-third of GPs breaking rules over treatment of relatives

Medical Council’s ethical guidelines discourage doctors from treating their own relatives.

# medical-independent - Thursday 19 May, 2011

Children sent to adult psychiatric units - despite new legal ban

Documents obtained by the Medical Independent show five under-17s being admitted to wards, despite a legal ban.

# medical-independent - Thursday 5 May, 2011

HSE scraps search for chief operation officer - despite drawing up shortlist HSE

HSE scraps search for chief operation officer - despite drawing up shortlist

The HSE’s search for a chief operating officer is scrapped, reportedly because of government plans to abolish it.

# medical-independent - Friday 8 April, 2011

HIQA expenditure growing every year

Figures from the Health and Information Quality Authority’s 2010 report show that it has spent €55million in total in four years.

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