HSE audit committee has ‘major concerns’ over finances

The HSE audit committee has raised “major concerns” over the HSE’s “continuing and predicted budgetary shortfalls” and says it is “disturbed” by ongoing financial control weaknesses. The concerns were outlined by the HSE audit committee in its annual report for...

‘Millions’ in IBTS discounts under threat post-Brexit

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) has saved an average of €350,000 annually on blood bags alone over the past five years, in discounts obtained through NHS Blood and Transplant bulk procurement – savings that could end following Brexit. In...

New law ‘won’t criminalise’ doctors – DoH

The Patient Safety Bill does not intend to “impose criminal penalties on individual health professionals on a personal basis”, with regard to open disclosure obligations, the Department of Health has informed the Medical Independent (MI). Its spokesperson said the Bill...

Irish surgical mortality audit remains stalled

A national audit that would aim to reduce surgical deaths has remained stalled since 2013, with RCSI President Mr Ken Mealy not expecting its commencement “any time soon”. The initiative has been on hold within the National Office of Clinical...

Vital Irish health research ‘being terminated’

Important health research projects that could lead to “life-changing therapies” are being terminated due to new Irish data protection regulations, the RCPI’s Faculty of Pathology has warned. In a statement to the Medical Independent (MI) the Faculty said it was...
Vital Irish health research ‘being terminated’
HSE audit committee has ‘major concerns’ over finances
The HSE audit committee has raised “major concerns” over the HSE’s “continuing and predicted budgetary shortfalls” and says it is “disturbed” by ongoing financial control weaknesses. The concerns were outlined by the HSE audit committee in its annual report for...
‘Millions’ in IBTS discounts under threat post-Brexit
The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) has saved an average of €350,000 annually on blood bags alone over the past five years, in discounts obtained through NHS Blood and Transplant bulk procurement – savings that could end following Brexit. In...
New law ‘won’t criminalise’ doctors – DoH
The Patient Safety Bill does not intend to “impose criminal penalties on individual health professionals on a personal basis”, with regard to open disclosure obligations, the Department of Health has informed the Medical Independent (MI). Its spokesperson said the Bill...
Irish surgical mortality audit remains stalled
A national audit that would aim to reduce surgical deaths has remained stalled since 2013, with RCSI President Mr Ken Mealy not expecting its commencement “any time soon”. The initiative has been on hold within the National Office of Clinical...
Vital Irish health research ‘being terminated’ Vital Irish health research ‘being terminated’
Important health research projects that could lead to “life-changing therapies” are being terminated due to new Irish data protection regulations, the RCPI’s Faculty of Pathology has warned. In a statement to the Medical Independent (MI) the Faculty said it was...
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The Journey from 'should' to 'must' in open disclosure

There are 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

Cancer Trials Ireland raises funding concerns at Health Committee

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Reform of HSE online prescribing process for GPs planned

Mar 13, 2019

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

Mar 13, 2019

A new path for the regulation of mental health services

Mar 13, 2019

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Premenstrual dysphoric disorder: What it is and why it matters

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An overview of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD),  a severe, disabling and widely under-recognised form of premenstrual syndrome Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a severe, disabling and widely under-recognised form of premenstrual syndrome that affects up to 6 per cent of menstruating people. Given its prevalence, severity and symptom profile, it is included in the list…

Enhanced cognitive behavioural therapy

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There is strong evidence that enhanced cognitive behavioural therapy is very effective for the treatment of eating disorders Eating disorders are among the most devastating psychiatric disorders accompanying a large number of health problems (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). Commencement of these mental disorders occurs mostly in adolescence (Mitchison D, Hay, P, Slewa-Younan S and Mond…

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in adults

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Core symptoms The key features of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. The diagnosis requires the presence of a number of symptoms and requires that these are of greater severity than a peer population. Other factors such as general IQ and presence of specific learning difficulties are taken into account. The…

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