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#Health

From TheJournal.ie Harris says HSE can't continue in its current form and announces return of six regional healthcare areas Sláintecare

Harris says HSE can't continue in its current form and announces return of six regional healthcare areas

Harris described today’s announcement as the biggest restructuring of the HSE in 15 years .

From TheJournal.ie Vincent Lambert, man at centre of contentious right-to-die case in France, passes away Vincent Lambert

Vincent Lambert, man at centre of contentious right-to-die case in France, passes away

He died more than a decade after an accident that left him with severe brain damage.

From TheJournal.ie Benzodiazepine use in Irish over 65s is higher than international average Medication

Benzodiazepine use in Irish over 65s is higher than international average

Benzodiazepine medicine use in women over 65 years is 40% higher than in men, finds a new report.

From TheJournal.ie A patient's chance of dying from a heart attack or stroke can vary depending on what hospital they attend Emergency

A patient's chance of dying from a heart attack or stroke can vary depending on what hospital they attend

The report notes that the mortality rate for heart attack and stroke has continued to decrease year-on-year for the past 10 years.

From TheJournal.ie State pathologists observed 'multiple bodies' on trolleys at Waterford mortuary over 'years' Mortuary Controversy

State pathologists observed 'multiple bodies' on trolleys at Waterford mortuary over 'years'

Controversy about conditions at the mortuary first arose earlier this year.

From TheJournal.ie Scally: Price for cervical screening tender 'became a much more important factor' than quality CervicalCheck

Scally: Price for cervical screening tender 'became a much more important factor' than quality

Sinn Féin TD Louise O’Reilly described the situation as “screening on the cheap”.

From TheJournal.ie Support staff strike: HSE says situation at hospitals 'challenging' as further talks planned Industrial Dispute

Support staff strike: HSE says situation at hospitals 'challenging' as further talks planned

The issue centres on a dispute over pay increases.

From TheJournal.ie 'We're the people behind the scenes never taken into account': Healthcare workers on why they're prepared to strike Industrial Action

'We're the people behind the scenes never taken into account': Healthcare workers on why they're prepared to strike

A strike to be held today was called off yesterday evening.

From TheJournal.ie Alcohol sales in Scotland drop to lowest-ever level following introduction of new pricing laws Minimum Unit Pricing

Alcohol sales in Scotland drop to lowest-ever level following introduction of new pricing laws

Minimum unit pricing laws were introduced in May 2018.

From TheJournal.ie Vaginal mesh implants: Women complain of delay in aftercare for severe complications Health

Vaginal mesh implants: Women complain of delay in aftercare for severe complications

These surgeries have been suspended until recommendations made by the Chief Medical Officer are implemented.

From TheJournal.ie Second Ebola patient dies in Uganda as outbreak crosses the border East Africa

Second Ebola patient dies in Uganda as outbreak crosses the border

The fatalities have prompted World Health Organization officials to prepare an emergency meeting.

From TheJournal.ie Construction has started on the building frame of the National Children's Hospital Progress Update

Construction has started on the building frame of the National Children's Hospital

The hospital board will appear before an Oireachtas committee today.

From TheJournal.ie No chairs, beds or blankets in seclusion rooms at UK facility where Irish teens are treated Mental Health

No chairs, beds or blankets in seclusion rooms at UK facility where Irish teens are treated

The facility faces closure if improvements are not made within six months.

From TheJournal.ie Ministers considering alternative approaches to dealing with drug possession for personal use Drug Use

Ministers considering alternative approaches to dealing with drug possession for personal use

A working group was set up last year to consider issues such as the possession of drugs for personal use, and to review other jurisdictions’ drug laws.

From TheJournal.ie Ailbhe Smyth: Why Irish activists are going to continue their campaign for abortion rights Abortion Rights

Ailbhe Smyth: Why Irish activists are going to continue their campaign for abortion rights

We spoke to the former director of the Together for Yes campaign one year on from the Eighth Amendment being repealed.

From TheJournal.ie 'It's taking time': Together for Yes to continue campaigning one year on from result of repeal vote Ailbhe Smyth

'It's taking time': Together for Yes to continue campaigning one year on from result of repeal vote

Sunday marks one year since the result of the 8th amendment referendum was announced.

From TheJournal.ie Minister for Health to investigate reports of private entrance to National Children's Hospital Sláintecare

Minister for Health to investigate reports of private entrance to National Children's Hospital

It emerged this month that the facility will be built to honour a 2008 contract with consultants.

From TheJournal.ie HSE to spend up to €60k on abortion in Ireland research study Abortion

HSE to spend up to €60k on abortion in Ireland research study

Abortion services were introduced in Ireland earlier this year.

From TheJournal.ie Clinical trials involving Irish patients 'saved the health service €13m' over two years Health

Clinical trials involving Irish patients 'saved the health service €13m' over two years

A new report published today is calling for a scaling-up of clinical research infrastructure in Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie Doctors want cannabis risks highlighted, but campaigners says debate is conflating medicinal and recreational use Harmful

Doctors want cannabis risks highlighted, but campaigners says debate is conflating medicinal and recreational use

Medical experts said the government was ‘sleepwalking’ its way into supporting cannabis use in Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie HSE issues tender for construction of new mortuary at University Hospital Waterford Tender Process

HSE issues tender for construction of new mortuary at University Hospital Waterford

It follows the suspension of mortuary services at the facility earlier this month.

From TheJournal.ie Couple at centre of Holles Street abortion case 'utterly, utterly devastated' Holles Street

Couple at centre of Holles Street abortion case 'utterly, utterly devastated'

An external review is due to be carried out into the circumstances around the abortion.

From TheJournal.ie 'Unfair' language in nursing home contracts led residents into terms they would never agree to Consumer Protection

'Unfair' language in nursing home contracts led residents into terms they would never agree to

The CCPC has published new guidelines for the sector today.

From TheJournal.ie 'End of HIV pandemic' in sight after medicine makes virus 'untransmittable' between sexual partners ART Treatment

'End of HIV pandemic' in sight after medicine makes virus 'untransmittable' between sexual partners

The virus remains one of the world’s biggest health problems.

From TheJournal.ie Nurses and midwives vote to accept deal to end industrial dispute Nurses Strike

Nurses and midwives vote to accept deal to end industrial dispute

Members of the INMO voted 62% in favour of accepting the proposals.

From TheJournal.ie 'Serious questions raised': Waterford hospital says it has not received any complaints about mortuary Trolleys

'Serious questions raised': Waterford hospital says it has not received any complaints about mortuary

There have been calls for hospital management to appear before the Oireachtas Health Committee “as a matter of urgency”.

From TheJournal.ie Bodies at University Hospital Waterford to be stored in mobile refrigeration unit Mortuary

Bodies at University Hospital Waterford to be stored in mobile refrigeration unit

Concerns had been raised about dead bodies being left on trolleys in the corridors of the hospital’s mortuary.

From TheJournal.ie Meningitis C vaccination rates of 'critical concern' as anti-vax sentiment pushes take-up rates below targets Noteworthy

Meningitis C vaccination rates of 'critical concern' as anti-vax sentiment pushes take-up rates below targets

Targets for immunisation were over 20% below what they were supposed to be in some parts of the country.

From TheJournal.ie Irish measles cases rise over 200% as experts blame increase on misinformation about MMR vaccine Vaccination

Irish measles cases rise over 200% as experts blame increase on misinformation about MMR vaccine

A new report has revealed that global rates of the disease are on the rise.

From TheJournal.ie 'Time to act': HIQA report finds PrEP programme to reduce HIV rates would be cheaper and more effective Draft Report

'Time to act': HIQA report finds PrEP programme to reduce HIV rates would be cheaper and more effective

A draft report on the introduction of the programme was published today.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'Big businesses will cry wolf and fire accusations of nanny-statism at any public health intervention' Opinion

Opinion: 'Big businesses will cry wolf and fire accusations of nanny-statism at any public health intervention'

But education and individual agency cannot help people to ‘do the right thing’ when it comes to their health, writes Maebh Ní Fhallúin.

From TheJournal.ie Two-tier drug access a 'real issue' for equity says head of HSE's drug-review centre Cancer

Two-tier drug access a 'real issue' for equity says head of HSE's drug-review centre

VHI recently offered its members access to new cancer drugs not currently available to all HSE patients.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: At a cannabis dispensary in Colorado I found the only thing that offered relief for my chronic pain Opinion

Opinion: At a cannabis dispensary in Colorado I found the only thing that offered relief for my chronic pain

I was prescribed fentanyl, a dangerous, highly addictive, synthetic opiate with horrible side effects – while a relatively harmless plant remains banned, writes Clare McAfee.

From TheJournal.ie Blue Care: The healing power and potential of the deep blue sea Opinion

Blue Care: The healing power and potential of the deep blue sea

Reclaiming our connection with our watery origins in the ancient sea is an essential part of our human wellbeing and sense of identity and belonging as islanders, writes Easkey Britton.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach launches Healthy Ireland campaign saying 'health is not a black hole' Wellbeing

Taoiseach launches Healthy Ireland campaign saying 'health is not a black hole'

A survey revealed 92% of Irish people wanted to make changes to improve their health

From TheJournal.ie Smear test backlog will be 'significantly reduced' over the summer months, says Harris Cervical Check

Smear test backlog will be 'significantly reduced' over the summer months, says Harris

The Health Minister also said political parties should not be playing ‘party politics’ with women’s health.

From TheJournal.ie Free GP care for under 12s as government agrees new contract with doctors Reform

Free GP care for under 12s as government agrees new contract with doctors

The government is increasing funding for GPs in exchange for reforms and changes to the services they provide.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Do you agree with free GP care for under-12s? Poll This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you agree with free GP care for under-12s?

Free GP care is already in place for children under 6.

From TheJournal.ie Woman with terminal cancer settles smear test case for €2.5 million CervicalCheck

Woman with terminal cancer settles smear test case for €2.5 million

“The last few months have been so stressful for me and my family – just that thought of facing court as I recover from the last treatments of chemotherapy.”

From TheJournal.ie Harris to raise issue of 'significant discrepancy' in trolley count at meeting between INMO and HSE Crisis

Harris to raise issue of 'significant discrepancy' in trolley count at meeting between INMO and HSE

There were 81 patients waiting on trolleys at University Hospital Limerick according to the INMO.

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