Investigations

Supply and demand: CAMHS in crisis

By sa | Mar 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) is struggling to meet demand amid an increase in referrals, low staff levels and a shortage of beds in child units. Niamh Cahill investigates

Shifting doctor/pharma boundaries

By sa | Feb 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

The relationship between doctors and the pharmaceutical industry is a long-standing one but it looks set for further change and scrutiny. Catherine Reilly reports

Winning hearts and minds

By sa | Feb 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Lobbying remains intense in the Irish healthcare sector, as recent figures show, not least around the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill. David Lynch investigates

Crossing the border for care

By sa | Jan 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

The European Cross-Border Healthcare Directive (CBD) is helping Irish patients currently languishing on lengthy waiting lists to receive care abroad. As the number of patients using the directive continues to increase, Niamh Cahill examines how it works and hears mixed views from GPs about referring patients

Dispensing with dispensing docs?

By sa | Jan 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

The number of dispensing GPs in Ireland has decreased significantly in recent years and the recent move by the HSE to terminate the contracts of some dispensing GPs could see the figure drop even further this year. Niamh Cahill investigates

Unlocking treatment access for hepatitis C patients

By sa | Nov 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Priscilla Lynch and Catherine Reilly document the barriers to rollout of curative direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) for hepatitis C and investigate why treatment access was abruptly suspended this summer by the HSE’s National Hepatitis C Treatment Programme

Ireland facing up to critical fight on CPE

By sa | Nov 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

Currently the focus of a public health emergency, the spread of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae in Irish healthcare requires a sustained effort to prevent an endemic problem. Catherine Reilly reports on recent developments

Putting a price on mental health

By sa | Oct 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Paul Mulholland examines capital funding of mental health services since the turn of the decade and how much the sale of old psychiatric assets contributed to the development of new buildings

Paying the price for failing to implement the EWTD

By sa | Apr 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

Paul Mulholland examines new figures showing the extent of hospital compliance with the European Working Time Directive

Ireland at CRE crisis point

By sa | Mar 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Clinicians warn that urgent action is required to ensure that carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) do not become endemic in the Irish health system. Catherine Reilly reports

The dark side of the web

By sa | Dec 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Despite its many benefits, the Internet can facilitate addiction and public scepticism towards medical science. David Lynch takes a closer look

Irish medicine and the House of Saud

By sa | Dec 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

The activities of Irish postgraduate training bodies in countries with poor human rights records, notably Saudi Arabia, are prompting questions within the medical profession. Catherine Reilly reports

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