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More than 40 staff vacancies at BreastCheck

There were over 40 vacancies at BreastCheck as of the end of June, according to figures released to the Medical Independent. The 41.5 whole-time equivalent vacancies included eight medical posts, two nursing posts, 16.88 health and social care posts, 11 in management/administration, and 3.6 other support staff roles. The total complement of staff for BreastCheck…

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Over 4,000 new appointments made during pandemic

The HSE’s Health Business Services (HBS) made appointments to over 4,000 new posts during the Covid-19 public health crisis in the spring, new information shows. “Over the duration of the Covid crisis, HBS appointed 4,389 posts,” data released to this newspaper via Freedom of Information (FoI) law reveals.The response states that the HSE supplemented its…

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Pandemic delays decision on stagnant Healthy Ireland Council

Three years on from the last meeting of the Healthy Ireland Council, the Department of Health has yet to make a decision on its future. The first Healthy Ireland Council was appointed for three years in May 2014. The Government said its plan was to establish a new council, but this has not transpired. The…

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Health Insurance Authority establishes Covid-19 committee amid potential cancellations

The board of the Health Insurance Authority (HIA) has established a new Covid-19 subcommittee after it noted the possible impact of the current pandemic on the private health insurance market, this newspaper has learned. The impact of Covid-19 was discussed at the HIA board meeting in March, minutes of which have been seen by the…

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Back to business: Safeguarding health in the reopening

The phased reopening of the country poses a number of public health conundrums. David Lynch covered a recent online conference that looked at the pandemic’s impact on the economy The importance of contingency planning is one of the most important lessons this country must take from the current Covid-19 pandemic and previous outbreaks, a recent…

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Significant decrease in abortion pills seized this year

This year has witnessed a marked decrease in the number of abortion pills seized by the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA). “In 2019, a total of 288 tablets were detained. Of these, 237 contained misoprostol and 51 contained mifepristone,” a HPRA spokesperson told the Medical Independent (MI). “In 2020, for the period of January to…

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IT-enabled support required for SATU patients — clinical director

The pandemic saw a significant drop in the number of patients who were able to speak with support workers from rape crisis centres at time of attendance at sexual assault treatment units (SATUs), according to statistics provided to this newspaper. Clinical Director of the national SATU service Dr Maeve Eogan said there was a decline…

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National physical activity plan still scheduled for review

The National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) is still due to be reviewed this year, despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. A Department of Health spokesperson noted that Covid-19 had created unique challenges for sport, physical activity and the implementation of the plan. “The NPAP runs from 2016-2020 and was therefore scheduled for review in any case,…

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Fluoride body raises epidemiology expertise gap

The Irish Expert Body on Fluorides and Health has written to the Department of Health to raise concerns around a gap in applied epidemiology expertise in its membership, this newspaper has learned. The issue was raised at the February meeting of the expert body and followed the resignation of a member. According to the minutes,…

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National action plan on VTEC to be developed

A national action plan to address human verotoxigenic E.coli (VTEC) infection is to be developed, according to the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM). An inter-agency workshop to review the operation of a protocol between relevant agencies was due to be held in March. This event was intended to “kick-start the process of formulating a national…

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