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Assurance required on Covid-19 test results for mental health staff

The Mental Health Commission (MHC) is urgently seeking assurance around the delivery of results to staff of the country’s mental health facilities who have undergone testing for Covid-19. The Commission has welcomed the fact that HSE has agreed that approved acute admission units will now follow acute hospital guidance from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC)…

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Warning over stigmatisation of obesity patients during treatment restart

The Irish Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (IrSPEN) has cautioned against patients with obesity being “stigmatised”, in the restart of non Covid-19 health treatments. The society said that patients with obesity are at higher risk of complications from Covid-19  and need equal access to treatments as the health system begins to address backlogs and…

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HSE launches new perinatal mental health resources on World Maternal Mental Health Day

Today on World Maternal Mental Health Day, the HSE’s National Programme for Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Services (SPMHS) is launching a series of information leaflets to support women experiencing mental health difficulties during pregnancy, and their partners, family and friends. The new resources also support women who would have had such difficulties in the past.…

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Interim CEO appointed to Medical Council

The Medical Council has appointed Mr Philip Brady as Interim CEO to replace CEO Mr Bill Prasifka whose term of office comes to an end in late May. Mr Brady, who has been appointed to the role following a competitive internal interview process, will be in the position of Interim CEO until the end of…

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IHCA Vice President resigns following ‘abuse’ and ‘harassment’

The Vice President of the IHCA Dr Laura Durcan has resigned from her post following  “abuse” and “harassment” directed at her by private consultants.  In a letter to IHCA officials on 27 April, seen by the Medical Independent (MI), Dr Durcan said she was not willing to accept the “bullying and harassment” as part of her voluntary…

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Call for new Government to appoint dedicated Minister for Older People

The new Government, should appoint a dedicated Minister for Older People with “cross departmental and societal reach”, the President of the Irish Gerontological Society (IGS) has told the Medical Independent (MI). As of 30 April Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael  were still discussing their new policy framework document as the basis to form a new…

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Public urged to consider advance healthcare planning

In the context of Covid-19, the director of a new support service is urging the public to consider advance healthcare planning that will enable everyone to articulate their wishes with regard to future medical treatment. Ms Áine Flynn, who is the Director of the Decision Support Service (DSS) -a new service currently being implemented for all…

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Blood clotting a significant cause of death in patients with Covid-19

A study led by clinician scientists at RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences has found that Irish patients admitted to hospital with severe Covid-19 infection are experiencing abnormal blood clotting that contributes to death in some patients. The study, carried out by the Irish Centre for Vascular Biology, RCSI and St James’s Hospital, Dublin,…

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‘Weekly’ certs not required for staff self-isolating, HSE confirms

The HSE asked managers to refrain from requesting two separate medical certificates for healthcare staff absent from work because of a 14 day self-isolation period.  The move comes following ongoing criticism from GPs across the country at the HSE’s insistence that staff be issued weekly certificates by their GP.  In a circular to GPs, issued…

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