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Legal question as HSE commits to hospital activity with €39m shortfall

The budget for hospitals is estimated to be €39 million below that required to fund activity levels currently set out in the HSE National Service Plan 2020, which would be in breach of a legislative requirement on the Executive. According to the service plan, published on 17 December, it is a legislative requirement for the…

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ICGP — no comment on criticism of Vhi partnership

The ICGP will make no comment on some strong online criticism of its new structured care plan with the Vhi, this newspaper has been told. Before the end of 2019, the ICGP announced that the College and the Vhi had a new structured care programme for diabetes patients in selected GP practices in Ireland. The…

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Funding issues over the transfer of penile cancer service

The need for funding to facilitate the transfer of the penile cancer service to Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, was highlighted at a recent meeting of the National Cancer Control Programme’s (NCCP) executive management team. The national penile cancer service is currently based in University Hospital Waterford (UHW). “NCCP agrees in principle with the move, but funding…

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Challenges in introducing lung cancer screening outlined by NCCP

There is a need for “considerable further work” to be completed before a decision on whether to introduce lung cancer screening in Ireland is made, according to the former Assistant National Director/Director of Public Health at the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP). Dr Marie Laffoy, who has since retired, was writing to Mr Michael Conroy,…

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Stool Bank Ireland working on FMT introduction

Stool Bank Ireland aims to start providing faecal microbiota transplants (FMTs) in Irish hospitals to treat refractory or recurrent Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI) “within a year” of receiving funding, this newspaper has been told. It was recently announced that the group would receive funding under the Sláintecare Integration Fund. FMT involves the transfer of stool…

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Use of O-neg blood remained ‘relatively high’

Use of O-negative blood has remained “relatively high” despite some work undertaken to reduce usage, the CEO of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) reported to its board in September. According to Mr Andrew Kelly’s report, a meeting was held with the Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine “to discuss how we could work…

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‘Influencers’ could boost D’Olier St blood donations

Use of “influencers” was recommended to the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) to help boost donations at its clinic on D’Olier St, due to concerns it was not attracting enough donations. According to a report to the IBTS board by CEO Mr Andrew Kelly, the D’Olier St clinic does not deliver sufficient donations “despite the…

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Cancer registry testing security of computer system

The results of a ‘penetration test’ of the computer system of the National Cancer Registry Ireland (NCRI) are expected to be brought before a future NCRI board meeting. The issue of data compliance was raised at the October meeting of the NCRI board. The meeting was addressed by the NCRI’s data protection officer (DPO), who…

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Information technology problems raised in Coombe review

A series of issues in relation to information communication technology (ICT) have been placed on the risk register at the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, Dublin, this newspaper has learned. Seventeen new risks were added to the corporate risk register, particularly around ICT, following a review of the hospital ICT infrastructure, heard a meeting…

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SSWHG success in reducing gynaecology waiting lists

The Clinical Director of the Maternity Directorate for the South/South West Hospital Group (SSWHG) has said the model it has employed in reducing and managing waiting lists is an example for other services.   Prof John Higgins told the Medical Independent (MI) that gynaecology waiting lists have reduced from just under 5,000 in April 2017,…

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