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‘Marathon, not a sprint’ for HSE board, says Chairperson The Chair of the HSE board is disappointed with the recent resignation of patient advocate Mr Mark Molloy but told this newspaper that the board remains focused on quality and safety issues. Mr Molloy resigned from the HSE board over the lack of funding for the…

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Women ‘three times more prone to migraine’ than men

Migraines are three times more prevalent in women than in men, delegates at the European Pain Federation’s Biennial Congress in Valencia, Spain, were told. In addition to the burden of migraine attacks, migraine is also a major cardiovascular risk factor, in particular for women, according to Dr Antoinette Maassen van den Brink, a leading researcher…

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Multi-modal analgesic treatment for cancer pain reduces the potential harm of long-term opioid use

Multi-modal pain treatment for cancer patients, as well as continuous assessment and understanding the risk factors for opioid misuse, will reduce the potential harm of opioids in cancer care, delegates at the European Pain Federation’s biennial Congress in Valencia, Spain, were told by a leading US expert. Prof Judith Paice, Director of the Cancer Pain…

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Objective pain measurement could be a ‘game-changer’ for patients

New research into objective measurement of pain could be a ‘game-changer’ for patients, delegates at the European Pain Federation’s biennial Congress in Valencia, Spain, heard, Until now, a patient’s experience of pain has always been subjective, relying upon their personal feeling and communication of the experience. However, a research project by the international consortium IMI-PainCare…

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Linking artificial intelligence to neurostimulation opens up a world of new possibilities for treating pain and other conditions

Linking brain stimulation to artificial intelligence (AI) could open up a world of new possibilities in the treatment of pain and many other conditions, delegates at the European Pain Federation’s biennial Congress in Valencia, Spain, in September were told. Neurosurgeon Prof Dirk De Ridder told the 3,500 delegates in a keynote address that AI could…

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31st IHCA AGM 2019

31st IHCA AGM 2019 By sa | October 1, 2019 | 0 Comments ShareTweetShareWhatsAppEmail0 Shares Work needs to be done to stop young Irish doctors going abroad By David Lynch | October 1, 2019 | 0 Comments Young Irish doctors need to be provided with an “option other than exit” from Ireland, the IHCA AGM…

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Work needs to be done to stop young Irish doctors going abroad

Young Irish doctors need to be provided with an “option other than exit” from Ireland, the IHCA AGM heard. “The rate at which Irish doctors are opting to emigrate to Australia and elsewhere is unsustainable,” according to Dr Niamh Humphries (PhD), Reader in Health Systems Research at the RCPI, who interviewed young Irish doctors in…

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Ball in ‘Government’s court’

The ball “is in the Government’s court now” on the matter of the recruitment and retention of consultants, IHCA Vice President and Consultant Rheumatologist in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Dr Laura Durcan told the media at the recent IHCA AGM. “We have outlined our concerns and the innumerable risks that our members face every day and…

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Former IHCA Presidents outline serious challenges

Two former IHCA Presidents have highlighted the serious challenges facing the health service. Speaking to this newspaper at the recent IHCA AGM, Consultant Surgeon in St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, Mr Denis Evoy said “equalisation of pay is the most important issue that I would raise with him [Minister for Health Simon Harris] and the…

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High Court settlement ‘behind schedule’, warns IHCA

The High Court settlement on the failure of the State to honour the terms of the 2008 consultant contract with hospital consultants “is being implemented but progress is significantly behind schedule”, according to the IHCA’s annual report. The report noted, to date, that 2,548 consultant applicants have been confirmed as eligible by the HSE and…

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