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Almost two-thirds of Covid-19 deaths occurring in unvaccinated groups

Around 59 per cent of Covid-19 deaths during a recent two month period occurred in people who were unvaccinated, according to new data from the HSE.  The majority of deaths that occurred between 14 May and 13 July where vaccination status was known occurred in unvaccinated groups, an update published on Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC)…

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GPs are now reaching the ‘natural end’ of vaccination clinics

GPs are now reaching the “natural end” of vaccination clinics as it becomes more difficult to fill vaccine appointments with greater numbers now vaccinated, according to IMO GP Committee Chairman Dr Denis MacCauley.  Around 700 GPs have continued to vaccinate patients throughout the summer months after the completion of older and more vulnerable cohorts earlier…

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Staff shortages highlighted in new HIQA report on children’s services

A new HIQA report of children’ services in 2020 found “noticeable improvements” but that “the quality of key systems such as risk management, monitoring and quality assurance requires improvement”. “Staff shortages in some areas impacted on the timely provision of services to children,” according to the Authority. HIQA’s head of children’s services, Ms Eva Boyle…

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HSE warns of similar level of disruption this week due to cyberattack

The HSE has warned that disruption to healthcare services this week is expected to be similar to the upheaval experienced last week as efforts continue to restore IT systems.  In an update on the cyberattack, the HSE said that despite progress in restoring systems at some sites “this is uneven across the country and levels…

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Significant fall in Covid-19 mortality among over 85s

Deaths among those aged 85 and over from Covid-19 have plummeted by almost 99 per cent since January, according to ICGP Covid-19 lead Dr Nuala O’Connor.   Welcoming the significant fall in mortality, Dr O’Connor told the Medical Independent (MI) that in the first four weeks of January 795 deaths were recorded in the over 85s age group.…

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Sharp increase in PHMP presentations in 2021

The Practitioner Health Matters Programme (PHMP) has witnessed a 50 per cent increase in the number of presentations so far this year compared to the same period in 2020, the recent IMO AGM heard. Dr Ide Delargy, Medical Director, PHMP, revealed the figures as she discussed the impact of the pandemic on the mental health…

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Department considering committee C-TAP recommendation

Government departments have “noted” the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence recent recommendation that Ireland fully endorses C-TAP, but no decision has yet been made. Inter-departmental talks on the issue continue, this newspaper has been told. The C-TAP international pool aims to make the health technology, intellectual property and data behind Covid-19 treatments and…

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GP vaccination rollout to expand to new cohorts

GPs will in April begin administering vaccines in general practice to people aged 16-69 with medical conditions that put them at very high risk of severe disease and death, according to IMO GP Chairman Dr Denis McCauley. Speaking to the Medical Independent (MI), Dr McCauley said that the IMO was in talks with the HSE…

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Covid outbreaks ‘bigger’ now than in 2020

Outbreaks of Covid-19 are now bigger than they were in 2020 leading to greater spread of disease in the community, according to a leading public health expert. This is due to the prevalence of the B117 or ‘UK’ variant in Ireland since the end of last year, said specialist in public health medicine Dr Ina…

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Over 200 home births in 2020 as pandemic leads to increase

Last year witnessed an over 30 per cent increase in the number of births that took place in homes, according to figures provided to this newspaper by the HSE. An Executive spokesperson told the Medical Independent (MI) that the pandemic has seen an increase in demand for the HSE homebirth service. The spokesperson confirmed that…

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