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Minister sought internal report  following ‘Care in Covid’ programme

Following a Ministerial request, HIQA prepared an internal report on three nursing homes that were subject to concerns in an RTÉ Investigates programme. The document again underlines the need for regulatory reform, reports Catherine Reilly Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People Mary Butler requested HIQA to prepare a report on its regulation…

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Covid-19 – Back to the future

An upcoming RCPI webinar will discuss the latest developments in the pandemic and include insights on theIsraeli vaccination programme The Institute of Medicine at the RCPI is bringing together leading Irish and international experts on a webinar to share updates and discuss what is now known about Covid-19. This evening webinar on Wednesday 26 January,…

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Why has introducing activity-based funding been so difficult?

It is 10 years since the Government made a commitment towards introducing activity-based funding in Irish healthcare.However, progress has been slow in implementing the model. Paul Mulholland report. In 2012, the Government committed to moving away from the traditional method of funding healthcare through block grants. Instead, an activity-based funding (ABF) model was to be…

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Drinking patterns in the pandemic

David Lynch examines the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on alcohol use andpolicy changes affecting the area, such as the recent introduction of minimum unit pricing The State’s public health strategy for drug use, including alcohol, was published in July 2017. The authors of Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery: A health-led response to drug…

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Opioids in Ireland: Are we heading towards a US-style crisis?

There was a suggestion at a Medical Council working group that Ireland could experience an opioid addiction crisis as has occurred in the US. Catherine Reilly reports on the group’s discussions and concerns, which includes the lack of private prescribing data A Medical Council group developing strategies to address overprescribing has heard concerns that Ireland…

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‘Glimmer of hope’ offered by new malaria vaccine

While the development of the world’s first vaccine against malaria is a momentous breakthrough, getting it into the arms of those who need it is going to be an enormous challenge. Bette Browne reports On 6 October 2021, the World Health Organisation (WHO) was exultant in recommending the roll-out of the world’s first malaria vaccine.…

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Doctors leading on climate action in 2022

Recently, there has been a growing level of activism among doctors on issues of climate justice, and the trend looks set to continue this year. David Lynch reports Doctors are emerging as a significant component of the global response to the climate crisis. Activism within medical circles has grown internationally and Ireland is no different.…

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Homelessness in a pandemic

While health services for the homeless population have coped admirably throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, there is mounting concern about the current surge and uncertainty around Omicron. David Lynch reports At Christmas, there is often a closer focus on those who are homeless and living in inadequate housing. However, with the Covid-19 pandemic, the wider housing…

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2021: The year in review

The Medical Independent charts the news and views during a year when the pandemic continued to cause major upheaval nationally and globally, with healthcare professionals facing unrelenting pressures January After a ‘meaningful’ Christmas and the emergence of the Alpha variant (retrospectively identified as having been in Ireland since September 2020), the country enters 2021 with…

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Sing it out loud: The benefits of arts in healthcare

There is substantial evidence on the health benefits of the arts. Bette Browne explores its role in Irish healthcare The outpouring of sorrow in Ireland at the deaths in just one month of three giant cultural figures – Paddy Moloney, Máire Mhac an tSaoi, and Brendan Kennelly – highlighted the importance of the arts in…

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