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Less invasive saliva PCR test proves accurate in detecting Covid-19

A study conducted by RCSI has demonstrated that a PCR test using saliva to test for Covid-19 is almost as accurate as the standard nose and throat swab. The saliva screening represents a less invasive alternative to the nasal/throat swab and could enable greater capacity for, and uptake of frequent testing of people who require…

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‘Significant’ decline in new donors due to Covid-19 – IBTS

New donors declined by 57 per cent last year due to Covid-19 restrictions, according to the 2020 annual report of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS). The report, which has been published, states that to avoid delays on clinic, the IBTS needed to reduce and limit the number of appointment slots available for new donors,…

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286 active claims against CervicalCheck

There were 286 active claims relating to the cervical cancer screening programme as of 9 July, according to the State Claims Agency (SCA).  This was an increase from 165 active claims reported by the Medical Independent in April 2020. As of the end of 2020, the SCA had received notification of 234 claims against CervicalCheck,…

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Consultant contract negotiations will be ‘particularly challenging’- IMO

Negotiations on the new Sláintecare consultant contract will be “particularly challenging”, the IMO has told its membership in a recent circular. The union informed its membership that negotiations on the contract will begin in September and the process will be chaired by Ms Marguerite Bolger SC. The IMO said that “given the overwhelmingly negative response…

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A quarter of Irish people say their mental health deteriorated during pandemic

One in four Irish people say that their mental health deteriorated during the pandemic and one in five say their general health has declined, according to a survey published today by RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences. The survey, conducted by Behaviour and Attitudes on behalf of RCSI, also found that the Irish public…

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Consultants call for ‘realistic’ level of mental health funding

Hospital consultants today are calling on Government to set funding for Ireland’s mental health services at “realistic levels” as the impact of Covid-19 continues to “expose the decades-long detrimental effects” of severe deficits across the service. Commenting on the launch of its Mental Health Pre-Budget 2022 Submission, the IHCA says there is now an opportunity…

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Latest inspection reports on ionising radiation exposure published

HIQA has published eight inspection reports assessing compliance with medical exposure to ionising radiation regulations. Medical exposure to ionising radiation is when radiation is used as part of diagnosis such as an x-ray or CT scan, or the use of radiotherapy as part of cancer treatment at a hospital. It also includes radiation received for…

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Importance of pharmacies ‘has increased throughout pandemic’ – IPU

The importance of community pharmacies has increased throughout the pandemic, according to new research from B&A. The study, published by the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU), found that with overall visits to GPs decreasing during the pandemic, pharmacies have grown in importance. Some 39 per cent of people now see their pharmacist as their most important…

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New School of Medicine opens at Ulster University

Today Ulster University makes history by opening the doors of a newly refurbished building to welcome the first 70 students to the new School of Medicine at its Magee Campus, Derry.  The first cohort to enter the first graduate-entry medical school in Northern Ireland is comprised of students with a wide range of related and…

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Doctor pleads for Covid-19 vaccine certificate for those who experience severe reactions to first dose

A GP who suffered a severe brain injury believed to have been triggered by a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine is pleading with the Government to grant Covid-19 vaccination certificates to those unable to receive a second dose due to medical reasons. The female GP contracted and recovered from Covid-19 in March 2020 while…

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