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Making Ireland a centre for healthcare innovation

Ms Eimear Galvin, Manager of Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI), provides an overview of the HIHI and outlines the importance of opening the health service to industry Access is the bedrock upon which Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI) is built. Prior to this in Ireland, the enterprise of health and the health system existed in…

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Trailblazing female doctors who lit the path for the rights of women

In her series on Irish doctors who have left their mark on history, Bette Browne looks at the lives of two doctor-suffragettes and their contribution to women’s rights Pioneering female doctors who left their mark on Irish medical history were at the same time blazing a trail through politics and advancing women’s voting rights in…

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Introducing abortion: The story so far

The commencement of routine abortion services at the beginning of 2019 has proven challenging for medical services. Catherine Reilly reports The introduction of routine abortion services up to 12 weeks of pregnancy has represented a seismic change in Irish reproductive healthcare. However, the political rush to commence services in January has led to some access…

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Raising the standard of bereavement care in hospitals

As the two-year implementation period for the HSE National Standards for Bereavement Care Following Pregnancy Loss and Perinatal Death draws to a close, Niamh Cahill reports on the many achievements made to date, but finds that concerns remain regarding a lack of clinical leadership on bereavement care in some hospitals By the end of March,…

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The journey from ‘should’ to ‘must’ in open disclosure

There are significant reforms on the way in ‘open disclosure’, which seek to change how doctors communicate with patients. David Lynch looks at the current situation and coming developments In the wake of last September’s publication of the Scoping Inquiry into the CervicalCheck Screening Programme, the issue of ‘open disclosure’ came to the fore. Last…

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More than 1,000 Irish children potentially affected by valproate syndrome, estimates HSE study

A conference this month will examine the consequences of sodium valproate exposure in the womb, with a new report indicating that the numbers affected by developmental delay and birth defects may be higher than previously thought. Catherine Reilly reports Over 1,000 people in Ireland could have been affected by  foetal anticonvulsant syndrome (FACS) following exposure…

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A new path for the regulation of mental health services

The Mental Health Commission (MHC) recently launched its statement of strategy 2019 to 2022. Paul Mulholland speaks to the MHC’s Chairperson and Chief Executive about the future direction of the Commission and the regulation of mental healthcare services A case recently came before Kilkenny District Court that was a landmark for mental health services in…

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Drugs, bugs, falls, and diseases — young scientists tackle our health problems

Dr Peadar McGing reports on a number of fascinating health-related projects on show at the recent 2019 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in Dublin Crowds of adolescents, family groups with toddlers to young-at-heart grandparents, interspersed with all manner of media personnel and equipment, and, of course, a sprinkling of politicians. That’s an overview of…

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An assessment of health technology assessments

In a healthcare environment brimming with competing priorities, the need to underpin policy decisions with evidence is becoming more important. Paul Mulholland examines the health technology assessments (HTAs) conducted by HIQA and how it is coping with the increasing number of assessment requests made to the Authority Recently, HIQA commenced a national public consultation on…

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Potentially fatal flaws in doctor recruitment

Catherine Reilly Problems recruiting and retaining hospital doctors has led to dependency on non-permanent staff, some of whom lack appropriate experience and qualifications and put patient safety at risk. Catherine Reilly reports “How could he have been awarded 55 out of 100 marks in respect of clinical, medical and diagnostic skills when his lack of…

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