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Almost three quarters of Irish adults have two or more medical conditions

A study from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) published in the Nature Journal Scientific Reports has shown, for the first time, that almost three quarters of Irish adults have two or more chronic or cardiovascular medical conditions at the same time (multimorbidity). Furthermore, just over one-in-three have four or more simultaneous medical conditions.…

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Healthcare workers urged to get flu vaccine

The HSE today urged people in at-risk groups, including healthcare workers, to get vaccinated against influenza. Staff flu vaccination uptake levels in the 2018/2019 season was 53.2 per cent for hospital staff and 42.2 per cent for long term care facility (LTCF) staff; compared to 34 per cent in the 2016/2017 season for hospital staff…

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HIV PrEP programme to commence next month

A HIV PrEP programme will begin from 4 November, the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Minister for Health Simon Harris and Minister for Health Promotion Catherine Byrne have announced today. The programme will initially be provided in a number of STI clinics from November and will expand in 2020 following designation of €5.4 million in funding in…

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Budget 2020 criticised by IHCA

Health Budget 2020 is “misdirected” and fails to adequately provide for the task of reducing the record number of acutely ill inpatients being treated on trolleys, or people on waiting lists according to the IHCA. The budget was characterised by IHCA President Dr. Donal O’Hanlon as a ‘missed opportunity’ for patients and those who depend…

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IMO slams Budget announcement

The IMO has accused the Government of not being serious about reform, while doing nothing to stem the constant flow of younger doctors emigrating to other countries that offer them better working conditions and pay. The President of the IMO, Dr. Padraig McGarry, also warned that the proposal to extend free GP care to children up to…

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IHF says Budget doesn’t do enough to drive down smoking rates

Responding to today’s Budget Statement by Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, Irish Heart Foundation Head of Advocacy, Chris Macey said: “The Irish Heart Foundation welcomes the continuing policy of annual price hikes on cigarettes which have spearheaded an historic reduction in smoking rates particularly among young people in Ireland. “But much…

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‘Positive’ trends in mortality from stroke

There are positive trends in mortality from stroke according to the new National Stroke Register 2018 Annual Report from the HSE National Stroke Programme (NSP).  “The report shows very encouraging trends in mortality from stroke due to blood clotting, explained in part by better medical treatments but also by faster provision of care,” said Dr…

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Lowest number of new entrant doctors since 2015

In 2018 there were 2,190 doctors who registered with the Medical Council for the first time. This represents the lowest number of entrants since 2015. That is according to the Medical Workforce Intelligence Report for 2018, produced by the Medical Council and launched today. According to the Report, most new entrants to the register were…

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