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Covid-19 creates financial uncertainly in coming year – HSE annual report

The HSE’s annual report for 2019 admits that the emergence of Covid-19 means that many savings earmarked for this year will not be possible and that the eventual cost of the pandemic to the health service will be “immense”. At the end of 2019, the HSE delivered a “small  surplus” on its non-capital expenditure of…

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Critical care capacity must be permanently raised to ‘normal levels’ – Dr Motherway

Critical care capacity must be brought up to “more normal levels on a permanent basis”, Dr Catherine Motherway, Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine at University Hospital Limerick, has underlined. Speaking at a HSE media briefing this morning, Dr Motherway said: “We have always known and advocated for more beds, we need to double our ICU…

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Increase in NCHD training places ‘not possible’ before July – Department

It will “not be possible” to increase NCHD training places for the July changeover, a Department of Health spokesperson has told the Medical Independent (MI) this afternoon. Under the Medical Practitioners Act 2007, the approval of training places rests with HSE National Doctors Training and Planning, which proposes annually the number to the Medical Council, noted the Department spokesperson.  “It would not…

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Covid-19 presents opportunity to review prison system – GP

The current pandemic presents an unprecedented opportunity for authorities worldwide to review the purpose of incarceration and improve prison healthcare, according to a GP specialising in addiction. Worldwide, there are an estimated 11 million prisoners incarcerated at any one time and prisons can be challenging environments for meeting their healthcare needs, according to Dr Des…

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Expert warns of susceptibility of cats to Covid-19

Cats appear to be just as susceptible to Covid-19 as humans, according an expert in applied pathogen ecology at University College Cork (UCC). Prof Gerry Killeen, AXA Research Chair in Applied Pathogen Ecology at UCC School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, said research shows we should be exercising far greater caution regarding the virus…

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Positivity rate for close contacts ‘over four times higher’ – HSE CEO

The HSE CEO has urged close contacts of confirmed cases to come forward for Covid-19 testing, noting a substantially higher test positivity rate. Since 19 May the HSE had been organising testing of all close contacts of confirmed cases, whether they were experiencing symptoms or not, a HSE press conference heard this morning.   CEO…

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Private hospitals must be ‘integrated part’ of healthcare system – Reid

Private hospitals must become “an integrated part” of the whole healthcare system, the HSE CEO Mr Paul Reid recently told a webinar hosted by RCSI’s Institute of Leadership. Mr Reid said this did not mean the private system had to be made public. “It means it has to be an integrated part of the whole…

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15 meat facility outbreaks ongoing; five now closed – public health specialist

Fifteen meat facilities are under active investigation due to Covid-19 outbreaks, with five outbreaks now closed, according to public health specialist Dr Mai Mannix. A closed outbreak refers to a period of over 28 days without a positive case. Dr Mannix, Director of Public Health, HSE Mid-West, told a HSE press conference this morning that as…

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Prof Ronan O’Connell elected as new RCSI President

RCSI has announced the election of Prof Ronan O’Connell as the new President of the College. Prof O’Connell takes up office following the College’s biennial Council Elections. He replaces outgoing President, Mr Kenneth Mealy.  Prof O’Connell is Emeritus Professor of Surgery, University College Dublin (UCD) and Consultant Surgeon at St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin. An international leader…

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