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From TheJournal.ie Here are just some of the government's priorities for the months ahead New Dail Term

Here are just some of the government's priorities for the months ahead

Regulating rickshaws, IVF and speeding – just some of the issues the government plan to tackle.

From TheJournal.ie Consultant shortages causing 'a spiral of burnout, stress and emigration' Waiting Lists

Consultant shortages causing 'a spiral of burnout, stress and emigration'

About one million patients in Ireland are on waiting lists to see a consultant.

From TheJournal.ie Irish doctors urged to stop over-prescribing benzodiazepines and similar drugs Medical Council

Irish doctors urged to stop over-prescribing benzodiazepines and similar drugs

That council has warned that over-prescriptions of the drugs is affecting the safety of Irish patients.

From TheJournal.ie Wait times for smear test results from Cervical Check reduced to six weeks HSE

Wait times for smear test results from Cervical Check reduced to six weeks

Patients were told they would be waiting up to six months earlier this year.

From TheJournal.ie 'Doctors did everything they could but it was just too late' - Families warn about dangers of sepsis Health This post contains videos

'Doctors did everything they could but it was just too late' - Families warn about dangers of sepsis

The condition can develop from any infection and can be difficult to diagnose.

From The42 'We're told we need a massive chest and washboard abs': The rise of steroids - and the unspoken dangers Hpra

'We're told we need a massive chest and washboard abs': The rise of steroids - and the unspoken dangers

Experts explain why using unprescribed drugs to get ‘the perfect body’ can cause serious health problems.

From TheJournal.ie Harris says National Children's Hospital will open as planned in 2023, despite reported delays Complex Build

Harris says National Children's Hospital will open as planned in 2023, despite reported delays

The project has been mired in controversy over spiralling costs.

From TheJournal.ie Harris says social media companies should ban accounts that spread misinformation about vaccines Mandatory Vaccinations This post contains videos

Harris says social media companies should ban accounts that spread misinformation about vaccines

Facebook says certain hashtags are banned and ads rejected in a bid to stop misinformation from gaining traction.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'My name is Niall, I'm 32, and I have cancer. I never imagined saying those words' Palliative Care Week

Opinion: 'My name is Niall, I'm 32, and I have cancer. I never imagined saying those words'

Niall, from Athlone, writes about how he used to think that palliative care was for “the old, the very sick and the dying”, but it’s helping him.

From TheJournal.ie 'Two friends died by suicide': Doctors say 'profoundly dysfunctional' health service takes huge toll Trolleys

'Two friends died by suicide': Doctors say 'profoundly dysfunctional' health service takes huge toll

Consultants have said staffing and resource issues are impacting their mental health and compromising patient care.

From TheJournal.ie Consultants say removing private care from public hospitals is ignoring 'the elephant in the room' Health Insurance

Consultants say removing private care from public hospitals is ignoring 'the elephant in the room'

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association has said capacity issues need to be urgently addressed.

From TheJournal.ie 'We need to up our game': Call for national registry as HSE unable to estimate prevalence of diabetes Diabetes

'We need to up our game': Call for national registry as HSE unable to estimate prevalence of diabetes

The HSE said its inability to verify this data is a significant problem for the health service.

From TheJournal.ie 'It's alarming': Concerns raised about impact of recruitment freeze on mental health posts Not Hiring

'It's alarming': Concerns raised about impact of recruitment freeze on mental health posts

In the last decade, the demand on mental health services in Ireland has increased but the number of posts has remained relatively static.

From TheJournal.ie Four European countries lose measles-free status as number of cases skyrockets Vaccine

Four European countries lose measles-free status as number of cases skyrockets

There are fears that Ireland’s status could also be at risk.

From TheJournal.ie Simon Harris to meet social media companies in a bid to make them do more to debunk vaccine myths Vaccination

Simon Harris to meet social media companies in a bid to make them do more to debunk vaccine myths

Harris is considering advice from the Attorney General on mandatory vaccination.

From TheJournal.ie Patient's death could be first linked to vaping in US, health officials say Vaping

Patient's death could be first linked to vaping in US, health officials say

Officials are trying to find the cause of a respiratory illness in up to 200 more people.

From TheJournal.ie Own a dog? You may have a healthier heart as a result Walkies

Own a dog? You may have a healthier heart as a result

Truly, human’s best friend.

From TheJournal.ie Building firm caught up in school structural defects controversy wins contract to build new hospital block Wbs

Building firm caught up in school structural defects controversy wins contract to build new hospital block

A total of 42 schools built by WBS were inspected over concerns about structural problems.

From TheJournal.ie New test could make it easier to predict women's risk of developing cervical cancer HPV

New test could make it easier to predict women's risk of developing cervical cancer

Some 99% of cervical cancers are caused by HPV.

From TheJournal.ie 'A hidden problem': Up to half of food provided to patients in Irish hospitals is not eaten Food Waste

'A hidden problem': Up to half of food provided to patients in Irish hospitals is not eaten

The HSE said it is working to implement guidelines in hospitals to address food waste.

From TheJournal.ie INMO reveals 'worst ever' July for Emergency Department as 9,439 waited for a bed Trolley Watch

INMO reveals 'worst ever' July for Emergency Department as 9,439 waited for a bed

Among the 9,439 patients were 45 children.

From TheJournal.ie The Taoiseach says he's eating less red meat to stay healthy - but is it healthier to do that? Meat Eater

The Taoiseach says he's eating less red meat to stay healthy - but is it healthier to do that?

“Some people say that meat is the new tobacco, and that’s absolutely not true,” says Dr Robert O’Connor of the Irish Cancer Society.

From TheJournal.ie 'There's a perception that the treatment for hepatitis C is very bad - that’s gone now' World Hepatitis Day

'There's a perception that the treatment for hepatitis C is very bad - that’s gone now'

The new treatment for hepatitis C costs €50,000, but the HSE has negotiated a deal so that it comes for free.

From TheJournal.ie Two men begin 10,000 mile car journey to raise funds for Pádraig Schaler's brain injury treatment Acquired Brain Injury

Two men begin 10,000 mile car journey to raise funds for Pádraig Schaler's brain injury treatment

Pádraig was left needing intensive care after he was knocked off his bike in 2013.

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.

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