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New CF unit will take four years

Beaumont Hospital has formally announced plans to commence construction of the long-awaited Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Unit. The development comes following calls from charity Cystic Fibrosis Ireland for Government to honour its pledge made three years ago to build a new, dedicated unit for patients. Documents recently released by the hospital show that it is currently…

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HSE fire evaluation almost complete

No major issues have been identified in documents evaluating fire risk in Irish public hospitals, released to the Medical Independent (MI) through Freedom of Information (FoI) law. The external cladding system evaluation group was established by the HSE following the Grenfell Tower fire in London, and first met in July 2017. The group identified that…

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Increase in demand for emergency service subject to ‘significant non- demographic influence’

The growth in demand for unscheduled care (USC) in Irish hospitals exceeds demand forecast by population growth and changing age structure, according to a new Irish report. The report, which is titled A Special Analysis of Recent Trends in Demand for Unscheduled Care, was conducted by the HSE’s Health Intelligence Unit, following a request from…

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HSE finalising new school curriculum on drug use

The HSE is finalising a new curriculum for secondary school students to address drug use, including cannabis, this newspaper has been told. Last month, the IMO passed a motion at its AGM urging the Department of Health to launch a national campaign “advising the dangers of cannabis use, especially in young adolescents”. Dr Ray Walley,…

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30,000 GP e-referrals made to hospitals in April

More GPs are making e-referrals to hospitals nationally than ever before, with the number of general e-referrals now representing 35 per cent of all referrals for outpatient services as of February 2019, new data shows. Following the launch of a pilot e-referral project in 2011 creating a pathway between GPs and hospitals for electronic referrals,…

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No date for electronic health record despite concerns of ‘substantial risk’ to patient safety

The HSE and Department of Health were unable to provide a date for proposed introduction of a national electronic healthcare record (EHR) across the health service, when asked by this newspaper. At the recent IMO AGM in Killarney, a number of delegates strongly criticised the Government’s failure to roll-out an EHR in the public healthcare…

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More than a dozen ‘TB deaths’ recorded in 2018

The number of cases of tuberculosis (TB) decreased marginally in 2018 compared to figures for 2017, according to a new report from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC). The Annual Epidemiological Report — National TB Surveillance in Ireland 2018 shows that 315 TB cases were notified last year, with the highest number of cases (157)…

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Wider consultation of papers for fluoride group

The Irish Expert Body on Fluorides and Health will now be in a position to get more “complete information” regarding academic and medical papers dealing with fluoridation, this newspaper has been told. According to the minutes from the September meeting of the body, members of the group had “agreed that non-English papers be included in…

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NCCP decides not to endorse cancer publication

The National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) has decided not to endorse a magazine for cancer survivors, the Medical Independent (MI) can report. The NCCP recently met with the editor of Happy Magazine, which is a support website and a printed magazine for people affected by cancer in Ireland, following a request by the publication for…

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HSE has ‘no jurisdiction’ over privately-held anti-vaxx talks

The HSE says it has “no jurisdiction in relation to privately held events” that promote anti-vaccination messages. Recently, a UK-based GP who supports Andrew Wakefield — a former doctor who falsely linked the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine to autism — has been giving a number of Irish talks. Dr Jayne Donegan, who is…

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