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# Health

22nd February 2024
'It's a lifeline': Shortage of HRT patches causing frustration for pharmacists and patients
This week
18th February 2024 - 23rd February 2024
Government to counter bill calling to boost the number of GPs in rural areas
Doctor: How to live longer and help the planet at the same time
Last week
11th February 2024 - 17th February 2024
Sinéad Burke: Heart disease has taught me to grab life with both hands and live every moment
Three suspected and one confirmed case of measles reported in latest weekly figures
This month
February 2024
Expert who flagged faults in Children's Hospital operating theatres no longer involved in project
Sinn Féin claimed the ‘major’ faults could cost tens of millions to fix and would set the opening date back months.
Measles contact tracing begins as HSE issues advice over potential exposure to virus
St John of God services to be transferred to HSE unless extra funding is granted
The SJOG board is due to meet today to discuss its €32.5 million deficit.
SJOG is one of the biggest providers of intellectual disability and mental health services in the country
Staff have been informed that, unless extra funding is received, the process of transferring services will begin
The board said they are "doing all in our power to prevent this eventuality" but are running out of options
Measles: What you need to know about the disease, vaccines and who is at risk
A man in Leinster died after contracting the disease amid fears of an outbreak here.
Nine suspected measles cases reported in Ireland
Two or more cases of measles are classed as an outbreak.
Seven of these cases have been defined as 'possible' measles, while two are listed as 'probable' measles
The suspected cases, all involving children aged nine and younger, were reported between 28 January and 3 February
Yesterday it was confirmed that a man in Leinster died after contracting measles
HSE asks public to consider all care options before presenting at emergency departments
'Concerning' delays for mammograms as Dublin hospitals struggle to recruit staff
Beaumont Hospital is considering outsourcing some appointments to deal with the backlog, one patient was told.
Patients are concerned it is taking months to get an appointment for certain scans, potentially delaying a cancer diagnosis
Extra consultants are due to start working in the coming months, but staffing levels remain an issue
"It is unacceptable that a person should wait too long before getting access to a vital diagnostic appointment," the CEO of the Irish Cancer Society said
Last month
January 2024
Six months on, chairperson yet to be appointed to inquiry into drug that causes birth defects
Overhaul of mental health law which 'deprives people of liberty' may not happen before election
The long-awaited Mental Health Amendment Bill would bring about the largest overhaul of the State’s mental health laws in decades.
Mental Health Reform said the protracted delay in publishing the Mental Health Amendment Bill is "completely unacceptable"
The proposed legislation would strengthen regulation around people consenting to the type of treatment they receive
Fiona Anderson, a long-time activist, said patients like her need to have a greater say in their treatment
Rassie Erasmus hospitalised with chemical burns in freak accident
Ireland has 'once in a generation' chance to decriminalise personal drug use, Paul Reid says
A special Oireachtas committee will be established to examine the Citizens’ Assembly’s recommendations, Drugs Minister Hildegarde Naughton confirmed.
The Citizens' Assembly on Drug Use today published its final report
The document includes 36 recommendations to overhaul Ireland's drug policy and establish a more health-led approach
A special Oireachtas committee will be set up to examine the report and suggest new legislation
Doctors to inform men taking sodium valproate of risks to unborn children
Stephen Donnelly ‘not satisfied’ with management of patient flow at overcrowded hospitals
ESRI report says government's housing targets are 'too low' to meet population growth
Substantial increase in flu expected to 'peak in next week or two'
70% increase in gonorrhoea cases due to lack of condom use - and better testing
Over 6,700 cases of gonorrhoea were reported in Ireland last year, up from 3,976 in 2022.
Some 6,748 cases of gonorrhoea were reported up to 23 December 2023, compared with 3,976 cases in 2022
The majority of cases reported in Ireland last year (5,200) were among men
Ireland has one of the highest incidence rates of gonorrhoea in Europe
Glyphosate accounts for 30% of pesticides in Ireland, with residues found in some food samples
Last year
'We are hearing horrific reports': Irish paediatricians plan Gaza mission to bring lifesaving aid
Dr Catherine Conlon: Tips on ways to stay healthy this Christmas
HSE orders fresh investigation into death of Aoife Johnston (16) at University Hospital Limerick
Ban on sale of vapes to under-18s will come into effect before Christmas, says Health Minister
'It's rampant': GP urges parents to be aware of RSV symptoms due to surge in cases
UK study finds that GP appointments over the phone or online can ‘put patients at risk’
Newborn babies to be tested for Spinal Muscular Atrophy from next year
Alcohol consumption levels have decreased in the last five years, survey finds
Govt green lights extra €4bn in spending, including close to €1bn on health
HSE warns of public health risk due to low uptake of winter Covid-19 and flu vaccines
Popular antibiotic in short supply amid ongoing medicines shortage problem
Over 1,000 hospital consultants sign up to new public-only contract
Sabina Higgins receiving treatment for breast cancer
Number of women diagnosed with HIV doubles amid 68% increase in overall cases
The percentage of deceased patients becoming organ donors has fallen
'Very traumatised' refugees not getting mental health support, experts warn
Dr Catherine Conlon: Sewage in our waterways has huge health and environmental consequences
HPV vaccine 'significantly' reduces signs of pre-cancer in young women, study shows