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#Patients

# patients - Monday 3 September, 2012

Talks on Louth-Meath Hospital Group dispute resume

The dispute centres on unions’ concerns about proposed cuts at the hospital group.

# patients - Monday 27 August, 2012

Drug trials show promising results for heart failure patients - report

Study published in The Lancet concerns new drug which could help half of all heart failure patients.

# patients - Wednesday 22 August, 2012

'Grave concerns' over controversial HSE plan to fire hospital staff

The HSE has produced a report which proposes getting rid of all agency staff in three hospitals – but the plan has drawn harsh criticism.

# patients - Wednesday 20 June, 2012

Proposals to close Navan Hospital's emergency department at night

24-hour emergency services at Our Lady’s Hospital are to cease in August.

# patients - Wednesday 13 June, 2012

Eight doctors struck off the register last year, 37 investigated

A total of 380 complaints about doctors were received by the Medical Council last year.

# patients - Thursday 7 June, 2012

"Too many people waiting far too long" - 200,000 on hospital waiting lists

A total of 806 people have been waiting more than four years for consultant appointments…

# patients - Wednesday 6 June, 2012

Blood tests may predict breast cancer spread

US cancer research finds that tumour cells in the blood stream may predict if early breast cancer patients face a higher risk of death or relapse after treatment.

# patients - Monday 28 May, 2012

Emergency medics demand commitment to solve overcrowding 'once and for all'

If Tallaght can change procedures within three days to cut waiting times, the IAEM says, so can other hospitals.

# patients - Thursday 17 May, 2012

Report on Tallaght Hospital describes emergency department as "unacceptable"

Health watchdog HIQA found that over 80 per cent of patients in the emergency department were kept on a corridor and had to wait around 13 hours for a bed.

# patients - Saturday 12 May, 2012

Wash your hands: Irish start-up aims to beat hospital superbugs worldwide

The Irish company has been chosen by the WHO to promote hand hygiene globally. Thirty-five percent of healthcare facilities are at an inadequate or basic level.

# patients - Thursday 10 May, 2012

Hospitals 'hiding trolleys' on wards, says INMO

The INMO said yesterday that some hospitals are placing extra beds or trolleys on wards on a permanent basis – but Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore finds this hard to believe.

# patients - Thursday 3 May, 2012

Patient group complains to Ombudsman over State 'lack of cooperation'

Dignity4Patients has complained about an alleged lack of cooperation received from the State and health authorities.

# patients - Saturday 28 April, 2012

Pharmacists warn lack of vital medicines may endanger patients

The head of the Irish Pharmacy Union has said it is unacceptable that pharmacists and patients have put up with medicine shortages.

# patients - Monday 9 April, 2012

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.

# patients - Saturday 17 March, 2012

“Majority” of hospitals have cut 1-year waiting times for patients

The Minister told the Dáil that he was determined to address the issues causing unacceptable delays for hospital patients.

# patients - Saturday 3 March, 2012

GPs urged to display price lists

The Irish Medical Organisation recommended last year that all its members should introduce price lists – but not all GPs are yet doing it.

# patients - Tuesday 7 February, 2012

Limerick Hospital so overcrowded that it is “unsafe”

Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation have called on the HSE to implement the major disaster plan to deal with the overcrowding.

# patients - Wednesday 18 January, 2012

2011 worst year for number of patients on trolleys - INMO

Over 86,400 people were left on trolleys as 2,229 public beds remain closed.

# patients - Thursday 15 December, 2011

TDs call for inquiry into sexual abuse at Drogheda hospital

A cross-party group of TDs and Senators from Louth, Meath, Cavan and Monaghan have asked the Taoiseach to set up an inquiry into allegations of abuse at the hospital spanning 30 years.

# patients - Tuesday 6 December, 2011

"No one will die" because of health cuts, says Minister

In a radio interview this morning, Health Minister James Reilly has said that no one will die in Irish hospitals because of the cuts announced in yesterday’s Budget.

# patients - Tuesday 15 November, 2011

Dept of Health to give €3 million to hospitals - but "crisis situation" remains

The general secretary of the INMO said the money is welcomed – but that Ireland’s Emergency Departments are in a “crisis situation”.

# patients - Friday 28 October, 2011

Two aspirin tablets a day "cuts bowel cancer risk"

A new study, published in The Lancet, says that taking two pills of aspirin a day can cut the risk of bowel cancer by almost two thirds for certain patients.

# patients - Tuesday 25 October, 2011

HIQA releases new guide for protecting patient records

In the guide, staff are told to lock away records, log out of computers, and bear in mind that they an be overheard if they discuss patient details in public.

# patients - Monday 10 October, 2011

HSE confirms long-term Dublin care home to close

INMO is angered by the move which is says came “without discussion” with staff – but HSE points to HIQA inspection reports which found the “old” building provided an “unfavourable physical environment”.

# patients - Tuesday 4 October, 2011

Drogheda hospital "in meltdown"

There are 53 patients on trolleys in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital today, the INMO has said, adding the situation “is now causing untold human suffering for patients”.

# patients - Monday 5 September, 2011

6,624 people on hospital trolleys last month

The number of people on trolleys rose 106 per cent between August 2007 and 2011.

# patients - Thursday 11 August, 2011

Column: Homeopathy isn’t just useless – in the wrong hands it’s dangerous

Homeopathy is based on discredited claims, but it makes a lot of money, writes science blogger David Robert Grimes.

# patients - Monday 8 August, 2011

Sit-in underway at Roscommon County Hospital

Protesters say they will continue the sit-in into the night as the urgent care facility at the hospital closes its doors.

# patients - Thursday 4 August, 2011

Industrial action at Beaumont as nurses slam overcrowding

Nurses have started a work to rule because of overcrowding at the Dublin hospital.

# patients - Saturday 23 July, 2011

Medical data of Tallaght patients may have been breached

Medical records were given to a private firm to be transcribed and typed up.

# patients - Friday 8 July, 2011

Naas nurses to ballot on industrial action

Nurses in Naas General Hospital say the conditions are “unsafe” and they are “exasperated” with the situation.

# patients - Saturday 2 July, 2011

Protest at Tallaght hospital in solidarity with staff

Demonstrators say the facility is seriously under resourced. Meanwhile a protest about Roscommon County Hospital is planned for Leinster House for Wednesday.

# patients - Monday 27 June, 2011

New ICU beds at Crumlin, but is the hospital in crisis?

The board of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital says that the facility will run out of money by the end of the year.

# patients - Saturday 25 June, 2011

Tallaght A&E to undergo safety probe

The Health Information and Quality Authority will carry out a statutory investigation into the care given to acute patients.

# patients - Thursday 16 June, 2011

From The Daily Edge Medical emergency! There's a Father Jack on ward three In-feck-tious

Medical emergency! There's a Father Jack on ward three

Doctors are naming troublesome patients after foul-mouthed Fr Jack Hackett, a list of hospital slang reveals.

# patients - Tuesday 14 June, 2011

Concerns raised over shortage of junior hospital doctors

The Irish Association of Emergency Medicine has said that shortages may lead to “potential avoidable harm” to patients.

# patients - Friday 8 April, 2011

GPs warn of major problems in changes to prescribing psychiatric drugs

Up to 48 hour delays predicted for greater Dublin area patients under the new scheme, but the HSE says it’s already in place in the rest of the country.