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# Patients

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22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
# Cost of Living
Plan to abolish public hospital charges to come before Cabinet later
Currently patients can face a charge of €80 per day with an annual cap of a maximum of 10 days costing €800.
Last year
2022
# Being-Patient
Open Newsroom Invitation: Healthcare - the power of patient advocacy
Join us at 1pm this Thursday.
# patient safety
Donnelly warns he doesn't want patient safety Bill to create culture of fear within health service
Stephen Donnelly said he does not want to create a culture where people are ‘too afraid’ to report incidents.
# hospital parking
Govt won't oppose hospital parking bill, but department 'working on plans' to cap daily charge
The private members’ bill is being brought forward by the Aontú party.
# cariban
HSE looking into whether 'special arrangement' possible for access to severe pregnancy sickness drug
Irish Pharmacy Union has said exceptional arrangements to fund the drug in individual cases should be put in place.
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# hospital numbers
Varadkar says public should 'not lose heart' as patient numbers drop below 500
The Táinaiste says the fall in patient numbers is a sign health measures are working.
# new guidelines
Hospitals to require visitors to show proof of Covid vaccination or immunity from Monday
Frontline staff have welcomed the change, saying it was “ridiculous” that people had to show a Covid cert to enter a café but not an ICU.
# Waiting Lists
Over 612,000 people waiting on outpatient hospital care
The outpatient waiting list has grown by nearly 45,600 since last year.
# Patients
'Encouraging news': Covid-19 hospitalisations fall compared to start of Level Five
Currently, there are 254 patients with Covid-19 in hospital, with 35 in ICU.
# Coronavirus
HIQA releases study evidence behind new change to Covid-19 self-isolation period
People with a confirmed case are to self-isolate for 10 days now, down from 14.
# chief medical officer
Holohan urges people to seek help if they need it after seeing empty waiting rooms during his hospital admission
He said hospitals are not just for Covid-19 patients.
# co antrim
33-year-old man arrested as part of Muckamore Abbey Hospital investigation
The investigation is the largest safeguarding investigation the PSNI has ever dealt with.
# Medical Negligence
Government's patient safety legislation blasted by doctors and patients
Dr Rhona Mahony, former master of the National Maternity Hospital said the system pits doctors against patients.
# Doctors
Poor working conditions 'having a negative effect on doctors' ability to communicate with patients'
One in five complaints made to the Medical Council related to communications issues.
# Privatisation
Dentists say government's new oral health policy will result in more teeth being extracted in both children and adults
The Irish Dental Association says policy will be ‘catastrophic’ for adults and children in lower income areas.
# Industrial Dispute
'A major national emergency': Government called to resolve nurses' strike as 50,000 patients affected this week
Nurses across the country will be out on the picket lines outside hospitals and clinics today for the second day of strike action.
# Healthcare
'People crying in the ward alone': Patients describe their experiences in Irish hospitals
Patients have highlighted issues with communication from their doctors and the discharge process.
# Complaints
'People die when lessons aren't learned': Report criticises HSE failure to address patient complaints
Just 10 of 36 recommendations in a 2015 report have been fully implemented.
# serious concerns
Hospital secures court orders to stop two patients with dementia from leaving
One of the patients set off a fire alarm and has severe paranoia.
# patient detention
Minister to draft emergency legislation after court finds part of mental health law is unconstitutional
Under the current law, patients can be detained under renewal orders for periods not exceeding six and 12 months.
# Court
Five patients found not guilty of crimes by reason of insanity have been discharged from hospital
The offences included two homicides, possession of a firearm and three counts of false imprisonment.
# BEHIND THE WALLS
'The de facto detained are still there': Voluntary patients still held without review due to delays in law reform
Three years ago the government committed to overhauling Ireland’s mental health laws – we’re still waiting.
# treatment abroad
HSE says Brexit implications 'unclear' for Irish patients seeking eating disorder treatment in the UK
There are just three specialist eating disorder beds at St Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin for the acute treatment of adults.
# Healthy Eating
17 Irish hospitals have yet to roll out calorie counts on menus
Improving the standard of food has been highlighted as a priority by Health Minister Simon Harris.
# Severe Weather
All non-urgent outpatient procedures in Leinster and Munster cancelled
Three children’s hospitals are also cancelling planned admissions and outpatient appointments.
# cataracts
If you're waiting for an eye procedure there's a good chance you'll be waiting over a year
About 35% of those seeking outpatient treatment have been waiting over 12 months.
# Young Scientist
These Limerick students have developed a device to help track Alzheimer's patients
Alzheimer’s Alert will alert carers to the patient’s movements.
# healthcare technology
'Only 10% of data available about a human is actually used': How cognitive computing can change healthcare
A summit held yesterday focused on new technological advancements in the field of healthcare.
# Mental Health
Litter, cigarette butts and cut hair observed on the floor of adult psychiatric unit
The review of the Jonathan Swift Clinic found a number of failings.
# John Kelly
'They brought the Liam MacCarthy to him in hospital': Former All-Ireland winner on the long road to recovery
Former patients were at Beaumont Hospital this week to thank the staff that cared for him.
# Waiting Lists
143 women in Donegal are waiting over a year for a breast clinic appointment
Nearly 250 women who displayed symptoms of possible breast cancer have been waiting between six and 12 months.
# Infant Deaths
HSE review of maternity complaints finds patients not treated with dignity or respect
Health Minister Simon Harris said it is ‘regretted’ that it took such a long time for families to be heard on their babies’ deaths.
# supply constraint
Concerns for cancer patients as hospitals left short of chemotherapy drugs
The pharmaceutical company which supplies the drugs said it expects to resume production early next week.
# RSVP
Hospital patient 'no shows' are costing the State nearly €12m
Minister of State Catherine Byrne said the administrative cost associated with non-attendance is approximately €25 per patient visit.
# Cystic Fibrosis
Taoiseach told 'several children have died' waiting for Orkambi drug decision
Orkambi is estimated to cost €159,000 per patient.
# overworked
'Grave doubts' that Irish hospitals could cope with a massive disaster
“We would struggle to deliver care” warns consultant in emergency medicine as waiting lists and overcrowding dominate health sector.
# Waiting Lists
We used to screen for scoliosis in schools, so why was it stopped?
Health Minister Simon Harris says the hew HSE action plan will review if the screening programme can be re-introduced.
# patient cancellations
An 'appalling' 2,876 surgeries were cancelled last month
In January, 467 surgeries were cancelled at Galway University Hospital alone – most were cancelled by patients.
# Trolleywatch
'Groundhog Day' as month begins with 600 people on hospital trolleys
The figure of 601 is just short of the high of 612 patients on trolleys at the beginning of January.
# crisis
Conditions at Tipperary hospital 'undignified, disgraceful and dangerous'
This morning there were 378 patients on trolleys in Irish hospitals.