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# Medical Independent

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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.
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.
Over 300 people donated their bodies to medical science from 2012 - 2014
There are five medical schools who take donations in Ireland.
Irish hospitals to start giving away old equipment
The programme will help hospitals in Zambia and Uganda.
Thousands of certificates allowing doctors to work overseas granted
It follows fears of a manpower shortage in the health sector.
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.
Four days of social media training cost HIQA €9,000
Part of the Authority’s remit is to promote public awareness of its services.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Some hospitals use the texts in a bid to reduce non attendance at clinical appointments.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HSE losing money over delay in reference pricing
Potential savings of almost €20 million have not been realised on just two commonly-used drugs.
Bullying rife in the HSE
There have been 135 cases of alleged bullying and sexual harassment within the organisation since 2007.
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.
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”.
Vaccines worth €6 million destroyed by HSE
Over €6 million in stocks of vaccines were destroyed by the HSE between 2005 and 2010.
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.
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.
HIQA investigations cost more than €1 million
The four investigations were carried out by the Health Information and Quality Authority.
One-third of GPs breaking rules over treatment of relatives
Medical Council’s ethical guidelines discourage doctors from treating their own relatives.
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.
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.
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.