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RCSI granted ‘university’ title

RCSI has been authorised to use the title of university in Ireland, Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh and Minister of State with responsibility for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor have announced. The medical institution, founded by Royal Charter in 1784, has had permission to use the title overseas since 2015. The order for…

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Medical Council President reminds doctors of ethical responsibilities

Following the publication of research earlier this week relating to the high proportion of surveyed doctors who self-prescribe medication and prescribe for family and friends, the Medical Council is reiterating its guidance to doctors on their prescribing practices. Speaking following the publication of the study in the Journal of Medical Ethics, the President of the…

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HIQA recommends a minimally-invasive alternative to open heart surgery

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has published a health technology assessment (HTA) recommending that the Minister for Health and the HSE consider extending transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI)  to patients with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis at intermediate and low risk of surgical complications. TAVI is described by HIQA as “a minimally-invasive alternative to…

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Mandatory open disclosure Bill published

A Bill providing for mandatory open disclosure of specified serious patient safety incidents has been published today. According to the Department of Health, the new Patient Safety (Notifiable Patient Safety Incidents) Bill 2019 will legislate for a number of important patient safety measures.   Speaking today, the Minister for Health Simon Harris said “I want us…

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New guidance on appropriate use of psychotropic drugs in dementia

Minister for Health Simon Harris has launched a new national clinical guideline on the appropriate prescribing of psychotropic medication for non-cognitive symptoms in people with dementia. The guideline was developed by a multidisciplinary group supported by the HSE’s National Dementia Office and the Offices of the National Directors for Acute and Community Operations. The guideline…

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CervicalCheck discordant results ‘in line’ with English programme – RCOG review

The findings of the CervicalCheck slide review conducted by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), UK, are “in line with the patterns of discordance reported in the English Audit of Cervical Cancer and are not in themselves a cause for concern”. The expert panel also examined the colposcopy management of those participants where…

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Governance gaps impacting infectious disease reporting system – HIQA review

A review of information management practices in the HSE Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting (CIDR) system has been published by HIQA today. CIDR is Ireland’s system for surveillance of notifiable infectious diseases such as influenza, meningitis, hepatitis and tuberculosis. It is one of the most important collections of health data within the HSE and is managed by…

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Six high risk ratings in Mental Health Commission reports

The “serious effect” of lack of adequately trained staff in mental health facilities has been highlighted in a number of recent inspection reports, the Mental Health Commission (MHC) Chief Executive said today. The MHC today published three inspection reports from approved centres in Galway, Mayo and Limerick which identified six areas of high risk non-compliance…

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National Cancer Information System launched

The National Cancer Information System (NCIS) has gone live, the HSE has announced, with St Luke’s Hospital in Rathgar the first site nationally to install the system. The NCIS allows for the recording of information about a patient’s cancer case, diagnosis and treatment with cancer drugs and supports the care of oncology and haemato-oncology patients…

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Minister for Health meets with social media companies to discuss anti-vaccination misinformation

Minister for Health Simon Harris has met with the social media companies, Facebook, Twitter, and Google, to discuss the measures they are taking to combat anti-vaccination misinformation on social media platforms. Vaccine hesitancy has been identified by the World Health Organisation as one of the ten leading threats to global health in 2019. The Minister…

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