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Minister warned to prepare for ‘tsunami’ of cancer cases

Several leading clinicians and signatories have written to Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly urging him to take action to prepare for an unprecedented rise in cancer cases in Ireland due to missed diagnoses and treatment gaps caused by Covid-19. The letter from Cancer Trials Ireland, a copy of which has been obtained by the Medical…

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Roof damage in IT server building is ‘major’ risk – Rotunda

Roof damage at the Rotunda Hospital’s colposcopy/administration building represents a “major” infrastructural risk as it houses the main IT server room, a spokesperson has confirmed. “This is a major infrastructure risk as this area houses our main IT server room. This is a flat roof structure which is prone to water damage and egress when…

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33 suspected adverse events relating to transplant process

There were 33 reports of suspected adverse reactions/events associated with the organ transplantation process between 1 January 2019 and 19 February 2021, according to the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA). “These included reports indicating organ retrieval had not been feasible, or where procedures were cancelled; cases describing possible transmission of disease; delayed graft function, and…

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HSE’s plans to procure staff messaging service remain shelved

The HSE’s plans to procure a new messaging service for staff remain shelved and its policy allowing usage of WhatsApp is still in place. Last June, the Medical Independent (MI) reported that the HSE had halted plans for a tender to provide a messaging service – similar to WhatsApp – for its staff following approval…

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Sláintecare Council opposes Donnelly’s halt on regionalisation

The Sláintecare Implementation Advisory Council (SIAC) strongly disagreed with Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly’s view that progressing the new regional health areas (RHAs) should be postponed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Medical Independent (MI) can report. Minister Donnelly informed the Council of his decision concerning the RHAs during a meeting of the…

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Difficulties recruiting ‘right’ ICT staff – CIO

The difficulty in filling key roles in information and communications technology (ICT) has been raised by the HSE’s Interim Chief Information Officer (CIO), the Medical Independent (MI) can report. The Interim CIO Mr Fran Thompson raised the issue at a meeting of the HSE’s audit and risk committee in late 2020. He stated that ICT…

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Thousands of doctors receive open disclosure training

Over 3,800 doctors have received open disclosure training since February 2019. Open disclosure training uptake by doctors was discussed at the November 2020 meeting of the HSE national open disclosure steering committee. According to minutes, there was “an update on the action taken to improve the level of uptake of training by doctors and… further…

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HSE ‘committed’ to strategy on PPE environment impact

The HSE is “committed” to the establishment of a national strategy regarding the environmental “considerations” of increased use of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the pandemic, this newspaper has been told. A recent study in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine found the carbon footprint of PPE provided to healthcare staff in England,…

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HSA conducting 14 ‘preliminary investigations’ into healthcare worker deaths

The Health and Safety Authority is currently carrying out 14 “preliminary investigations” into deaths of healthcare workers following Covid-19 infection, a spokesperson has informed the Medical Independent. Separately, the State Claims Agency has confirmed that one claim has been made against the HSE in relation to a healthcare worker fatality arising from Covid-19 infection, which…

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IMO to escalate response on NCHDs’ illegal working hours

The IMO’s largest ever survey of NCHD working hours has revealed flagrant and systemic breaches of labour law and wide discrepancies with HSE figures, which have set out high rates of compliance. Some 1,000 NCHDs across grades and sites responded to the survey, which asked about working hours in November 2020. Some 31 per cent…

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