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Infrastructure deficits ‘a challenge’ for hospitals – HIQA

Lack of single room capacity and maintenance issues remain a “challenge” for acute hospitals, according to HIQA’s latest inspection reports on infection prevention and control during the Covid-19 pandemic. Risk-based inspections were carried out in October and November 2020 in Naas General Hospital; Letterkenny University Hospital; University Hospital Limerick; South Tipperary General Hospital; and Midland…

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Death of an advocate

Decisions on how money is spent on healthcare should be based on need and not on special pleading “We tend to get at the summit of our professions,” the great surgeon Wilfred Trotter once wrote, “only those rare geniuses who combine real specialist capacity with the arts of the bagman.” I was reminded of this…

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Vaccination expiration date error ‘not ideal’

GPs had to rearrange Covid-19 vaccination clinics early last week after it emerged the HSE cold chain service delivered vaccines to surgeries with two different expiration dates. A discrepancy was found between the date on the outer vaccine box and the inner box, which meant GPs had about a day less to ensure the vaccines…

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Mass vaccination clinic at Helix a ‘monumental day’

More than 100 GP practices came together last weekend at the Helix in Dublin City University (DCU) to vaccinate just over 1,000 people aged over 85. The mass vaccination clinics marked the first of six clinics that will take place over the next 12 weeks where people aged over 70 from the 102 practices will…

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RCSI Prof Siobhan Glavey

The RCSI has announced the appointment of Prof Siobhan Glavey (pictured) as Chair and Professor in the Department of Pathology. Prof Glavey takes on the new appointment alongside her role as a Consultant Haematologist at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin.

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Paediatric cancer services ‘must be self-sufficient’

The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of ensuring Ireland has a “self-sufficient” cancer service for children and adolescents, according to Prof Owen Smith, Consultant Paediatric Haematologist, Children’s Health Ireland, Crumlin. Speaking to the Medical Independent, Prof Smith said while the Crumlin service has 95 per cent of the treatments provided by other comprehensive cancer…

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Valproate survivors ‘await supports’

A funded care pathway for children and adults affected by the teratogenic prescription drug, Epilim (sodium valproate), has yet to be implemented, according to patient support group Organisation for Anti-Convulsant Syndrome (OACS) Ireland. The care pathway was a commitment in a HSE valproate response plan instigated in 2018, and this month, an Executive spokesperson informed…

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LGBTI+ ‘resource disparities’ raised with HSE

A series of concerns were raised with HSE social inclusion by LGBTI+ community representatives including “disbandment” of the ChemSex working group and declining availability of STI services, this newspaper has learned. The issues were voiced at the November meeting of the LGBTI+ national inclusion strategy committee, which comprises representatives from Government departments and NGOs, particularly…

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HSE mental health group needs ‘independence’

A HSE implementation group (HIG) to oversee the Government’s new mental health policy will “require a significant degree of independence within the HSE”, according to the Chair of the Department of Health’s national implementation and monitoring committee (NIMC). Sharing the Vision – A New Mental Health Policy for Everyone 2020 – 2030 was published in…

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