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New clinical stop smoking guidelines launched

New national clinical effectiveness guidelines to help healthcare professionals assist adults to stop smoking were launched today. This new guideline was developed by a multidisciplinary development group led by the HSE Tobacco Free Ireland programme. The guideline development group was chaired by Dr Paul Kavanagh  Public Health Medicine Specialist. “Smoking is the leading preventable cause…

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Potential to reduce medications prescribed for older people- RCSI study

A new study by researchers at RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences of GP-delivered medication for older people led to an overall reduction in the number of medicines prescribed. The research, published in PLOS Medicine, was led by Professor Susan Smith and Dr Caroline McCarthy of the Department of General Practice at RCSI. According…

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IHCA warns new Council report confirms ‘recruitment crisis’

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) has warned that the recent  Medical Council trainee doctor report “confirms” a recruitment and retention “crisis” of consultants in Ireland. The IHCA was commenting following the publication of the Medical Council’s ‘Your Training Counts Report for 2019 – 2020’ which shows that 44 per cent of trainees intend to…

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Hospital care for children a ‘ticking time bomb’- IHCA President

Children’s hospital care has been called a “ticking time bomb” by the IHCA President, Professor Alan Irvine. The Association warned that over 200 additional consultants are needed within the next seven years, while over 97,000 children are now on hospital waiting lists across the country. The IHCA added that 38,600 children “are waiting over 12…

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Influenza A(H3) predominant strain in European sporadic influenza detections

Only four confirmed influenza cases have been notified to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) this winter to date. One death occurred in a notified influenza case reported to HPSC during the week beginning 8 November 2021, according to the latest weekly influenza surveillance report. No deaths in notified influenza cases occurred during week 15…

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ENT warning on potential ‘missed cancer diagnoses’

Almost 77,000 people are on ENT waiting lists with some patients waiting up to five years, a consultant ENT surgeon warned today. Ms Mary Bresnihan, Consultant ENT Surgeon at Sligo University Hospital warned of the potential of missed cancer diagnoses. Speaking on behalf of the IHCA Ms Bresnihan said that “One of the biggest concerns…

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Increase in bariatric surgery compared to 2020

In 2021 so far there were 42 bariatric surgeries in St Vincent’s University Hospital (SVUH), Dublin and 18 bariatric surgeries in St Michael’s Hospital, Dún Laoghaire. During the same period (up until October) there were 13 bariatric procedures at University Hospital Galway (UHG). Covid-19 has impacted the rates of all surgery according to a recent…

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ICU beds were ‘found for those who needed them’ during pandemic- NOCA report

The “key findings” of a new National Office of Clinical Audit (NOCA) report indicate “that the national network of ICUs was able to meet the clinical needs of patients” during the pandemic so far.   The NOCA Report on Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Activity during the Covid-19 pandemic finds that the highest peak in numbers…

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Council report highlights need for ‘renewed focus’ on workforce planning

Over 400 doctors were restored to the Medical Council’s medical register to help through the pandemic as part of the ‘Be on Call for Ireland’ campaign according to the Medical Council annual report for 2020. The report also finds that 24,720 doctors are on the medical register up from 23,555 in 2019, an increase of…

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Further improvements in governance ‘needed at Letterkenny University Hospital to safeguard women’ – HIQA

HIQA has said further improvements are needed in the governance and management of gynaecology services at Letterkenny University Hospital, Co Donegal to ensure the quality of the services and safety of women accessing those services. Following a series of concerns about the quality and safety of gynaecology services at Letterkenny University Hospital, HIQA undertook a…

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