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Consultation launched on effects of climate change on health sector

Minister for Health Simon Harris has today launched a public consultation on the impact climate change will have on the health sector. According to the Department of Health, climate change represents a significant threat to human health. Without effective mitigation and adaptation action, climate change will have profound implications for the health and wellbeing of…

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Regulation improves quality of life for people with disabilities – HIQA report

Regulation of Ireland’s disability sector has had a positive impact on the lives of people who receive services, according to a new report from HIQA.     Data from the first five years of regulation shows improvements in compliance year-on-year.  Overall compliance with all regulations inspected increased from 59 per cent in year one to 76…

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Over 19,000 children waiting more than 12 months to see specialist

There are currently 47,255 children across Ireland waiting to see a paediatrician for an outpatient appointment in the three children’s hospitals that comprise Children’s Health Ireland, restricting their access to the timely medical care they deserve, according to the IHCA. Of this figure, 7,988 children are waiting to see a paediatric ENT specialist; 5,165 children…

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Minister confirms plan to establish six health areas

Minister for Health Simon Harris has today announced some details around the restructuring of health services leading to the establishment of six new regional health areas. According to the Department of Health, the new regional health areas are in line with recommendations made in the Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Healthcare Sláintecare Report (2017),…

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Report completed on ‘non-specialist’ consultants

The HSE has completed a report on the employment of consultants not registered in the specialist division of the medical register, the Medical Independent (MI) has been informed. The report was written by HSE National Doctors Training and Planning (NDTP) and forwarded to the Department of Health, where it is currently being considered. As of…

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RCPI expanding regional training offices

RCPI plans to expand its regional offices with the next facility due to open later this year to support doctors working across the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group. It will be based between Tallaght University Hospital and St James’s Hospital, Dublin. The college already has regional offices in Limerick, Galway and Cork. According to Prof Mary…

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Consultation launched on contraception access

A public consultation has been launched today on increasing access to contraception. Earlier this year, Minister for Health Simon Harris established a working group to consider policy, regulatory and legislative issues relating to enhanced access to contraception, following the recommendation of the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment. The public consultation launched today will inform…

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First training programme in Sports and Exercise Medicine

The Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine (RCPI & RCSI) has launched Ireland’s first structured training programme for Sports and Exercise Medicine. “The availability of quality sport medicine specialists will bolster the expertise and services available to our population and act to support the primary and secondary care services who are in the frontline battle…

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