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Blackberries to be phased-out at HPRA

By sa | Jan 7, 2015 |

The phasing-out of Blackberry devices among the staff of the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) has begun, this newspaper has learned.

IMO claims elderly patients refusing to go into ED

By sa | Jan 7, 2015 |

The IMO has warned that the crisis in Emergency Departments (ED) around the country is having a significant impact on elderly patients.

‘Financial challenges’ faced by UL Hospitals raised in meetings

By sa | Jan 7, 2015 |

The financial challenges facing University of Limerick (UL) Hospitals was raised at a series of Board meetings last year, this newspaper has learned.

Teens show signs of heart disease due to poor fitness

By sa | Jan 7, 2015 |

New research has found a measurable negative impact on the health of blood vessels in 15-16 year old boys with low fitness levels. The study was conducted by the Centre for Preventative Medicine at Dublin City University.

Concerns over melanoma management

By sa | Jan 6, 2015 |

The HSE National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) is concerned that, in some areas, there is no system to ensure that all diagnosed melanomas are discussed at multidisciplinary team meetings (MDMs), the Medical Independent (MI) has learned.

Initiative aims to get Ireland walking

By sa | Jan 6, 2015 |

A new health initiative aiming to increase the number of people walking for health and wellbeing was launched today. Supported by Get Ireland Walking and the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU), it is calling on people to take a 21-day walking challenge.

Role of GPs emphasised in encouraging pregnant women to get flu vaccine

By sa | Jan 6, 2015 |

The HSE has told this newspaper that studies and telephone surveys have highlighted the important role GPs play in promoting the influenza vaccine among pregnant women.

‘Perhaps’ a decrease in suicide trend, says NOSP

By sa | Jan 6, 2015 |

The National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP) has told this newspaper that there is “perhaps” a decreasing trend in suicide numbers.

Prison Service deducted some doctors’ pay in contract wrangle

By sa | Jan 6, 2015 |

The Irish Prison Service (IPS) deducted monies from some doctors who it claimed had not worked their contracted hours, the Service has confirmed to the Medical Independent (MI).

Performance of the €1 million #littlethings campaign judged by phone calls and social media

By sa | Jan 6, 2015 |

The success of the HSE’s mental health and wellbeing campaign, #littlethings, will be assessed by the number of calls to the Samaritans, among other indicators, this newspaper has learned.

Concerns over melanoma management

By sa | Jan 6, 2015 |

The HSE National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) is concerned that, in some areas, there is no system to ensure that all diagnosed melanomas are discussed at multidisciplinary team meetings (MDMs), the Medical Independent (MI) has learned.

General practice could reduce ED attendances by 250,000 if resourced, says NAGP

By sa | Jan 6, 2015 |

Investing in primary care services has the potential to reduce annual emergency department (ED) attendances by up to 250,000, according to the NAGP.

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