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Sinn Féin says Harris should apologise for outpatient waiting lists

Sinn Féin says the Health Minister needs to apologise over the latest outpatient waiting list figures.

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No completion date for probe into murder suspect priest

A HSE investigation into the activities of a US priest at the centre of the Netflix true crime documentary The Keepers has now been running for two years.

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Second consultants' letter underlined concerns at Waterford morgue

Four consultants at the centre of the Waterford hospital morgue crisis had warned, in a second letter in March, they may have to cancel services to the hospital over its morgue scandal.

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'A strange story': Taoiseach says 'no evidence' to support Waterford mortuary claims

The Taoiseach says there's no evidence dead bodies were left rotting in hallways in University Hospital Waterford.

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‘Cynics’ dictate delivery of health service

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, and not the Department of Health, is dictating the delivery of healthcare in Ireland, according to the outgoing president of the Irish Medical Organisation.

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Call to rerun FAST stroke symptoms ad campaign

The head of the National Stroke Programme has called for the rerunning of a hard-hitting advertising campaign that led to a major increase in the number of stroke victims who got to hospital in time for potentially lifesaving treatment.

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HSE spent €28m on taxis last year

The HSE spent over €76,000 on taxis every day last year.

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HSE and Tusla ‘failing children with disabilities’

Both the HSE and Tusla are still falling short when it comes to ensuring adequate services and supports for children with disabilities in the care of the State — a year after a critical report highlighted inadequacies in one particular case.

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Alan Kelly: HSE recruitment freeze ‘complete madness’

A three-month recruitment and overtime freeze ordered in the health services has been deemed “complete madness” at a time when there are already massive staff shortages.

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Paul Reid appointed as new HSE Director General

The current chief executive of Fingal County Council takes over following the departure of Tony O'Brien last year.

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HSE spent €1.2bn on biologic medicines

More than €1.2bn has been spent by the HSE in reimbursing biologic medicines over the last three years with just over €2.2m spent on more affordable biosimilar medicines, it has emerged.

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HSE spend over €1 billion reimbursing biologic medicines over the last three years

More than €1.2 billion has been spent by the HSE in reimbursing biologic medicines over the last three years with just over €2.2m on more affordable biosimilar medicines, it has emerged.

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Cystic Fibrosis Ireland calls on Govt to confirm funding for Beaumont Hospital unit

Dublin City Council has given full planning permission for the three-storey unit that aims to provide 20 patient rooms for 160 adults.

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Grieving families 'pushing for answers' after HSE refuses access to report on baby deaths at hospital

The HSE has refused to disclose the outcome of a process set up to determine accountability regarding a number of avoidable baby deaths at Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise.

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University Hospital Limerick has 76 patients waiting on trolleys - just four shy of worst ever tally

The two other worst-hit hospitals were Cork University Hospital that had 41 patients waiting and University Hospital Galway that had 34.

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More cases of mumps so far in 2019 than all of last year

The latest weekly report from the HSE has found there's been 593 cases of mumps so far.

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Hospital overrun led the HSE to change capital plan

The HSE was forced to “very substantially” change its capital plan for this year, because of the national children’s hospital costs crisis, officials have confirmed

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Over half a million people waiting for outpatient appointments

The Department of Health says it has fallen behind on targets to reduce waiting lists in the first two months of the year.

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HPV vaccine uptake rises to 70%

The HSE has confirmed that the uptake rate for the (Human papillomavirus) HPV vaccine is at 70%, as HSE vaccination teams return to secondary schools to administer the second dose to first year girls.

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'I have the peace of mind I longed for': Philomena Canning 'vindicated' by HSE settlement

Terminally ill midwife Philomena Canning has said she feels vindicated after her legal action against the HSE was settled over the weekend.

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'Somebody is going to die untreated in Ireland': Families protest for Spinraza drug to be made available

Anton Mannering from SMA Ireland was with a number of families who pleaded with politicians to make Spinraza available for around 25 children with the muscle-wasting disease, spinal muscular atrophy.

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Cork mother in tearful plea for son as HSE called on to fund life-changing drug

A mother pleaded with politicians from all parties in the Dáil to fund a potentially life-changing therapy for her young son.

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Midwife wants HSE settlement linked to life-prolonging drug

The HSE has offered to settle a legal action being taken by terminally-ill midwife Philomena Canning, but she has insisted that the settlement be linked to access to the cancer drug Pembro.

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Uncomfortable parallels with Brigid McCole case must unsettle Fine Gael

Two words that haunted Fine Gael for many years were uttered in the Dáil yesterday by Solidary TD Ruth Coppinger. Brigid McCole

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Vacant Kerry hospital site set for revamp

The site of St Finan’s hospital in Killarney, Co Kerry, a landmark listed Victorian building overlooking the town, is to be transformed under a plan to create social housing and a community nursing unit.

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Fears that HSE have 'exhausted' funds for new drugs

15 new medicines have already been approved which would benefit 3,000 patients.

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HSE board to include members with medical background

Planned legislation on the make-up of the new Health Service Executive Board will be changed to include members with a medical background.

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Details allegedly leaked of woman who had abortion

Health Minister Simon Harris has ordered an investigation into allegations that the personal information of a woman who had an abortion earlier this week was leaked.

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HSE outlines details of expected disruption ahead of nurses' strike

It has begun outlining details of expected disruption to services during the first of six 24-hour nationwide work stoppages by more than 35,000 nurses.

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Autism service ‘confused’ after HSE pulls link

A support service provider is “confused and disappointed” after its arrangement with a Cork-based organisation for people with autism was pulled by the HSE — a decision that has left members concerned.

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Ambulance workers’ strike - HSE right to hold the line

Well-organised unions are, or were, a positive part of Ireland’s economic evolution. Today the influence of unions is, effectively, confined to the public sector. Far too many private sector workers are denied meaningful representation.

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Fergus Finlay and former GAA President among eight people appointed to new board of HSE

The board will operate on an administrative basis only until legislation officially creating it is passed.

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HSE defends installation of biohazard bins in Cork

There are plans to hire a second needle exchange worker in the city this year to encourage intravenous drug users to engage with addiction services.

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Stephen Donnelly urges Health Minister to act to avert ambulance strike

The Health Minister and HSE are being urged to intervene to avert an ambulance strike scheduled for Tuesday.

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Uncertainty over funding ‘frustrated’ HSE’s winter planning

Preparation of a winter plan for dealing with hospital overcrowding was placed in difficulty amid uncertainty over how much funding would be available, according to internal HSE documents.

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Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath wants pay hike for hospital consultants

Hospital consultants who can earn up to €250,000 a year will have to be paid more if vacant positions are to be filled, according to Fianna Fáil’s finance spokesman Michael McGrath.

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Improved privacy for patients at Cork University Maternity Hospital

The renovation of an emergency department in Cork’s maternity hospital affords patients a greater sense of privacy, a study has found.

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HSE slams fake crisis pregnancy agencies

A number of websites claiming to provide unplanned pregnancy support services are mimicking the HSE’s My Options service, it has emerged.

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Cork and Kerry disability waits ‘worst in country’

“Unacceptable” long delays for disability assessments in Cork are the result of a major staff shortage, the HSE has admitted.

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'National disgrace': Doctors hit out after 7,000 operations cancelled this year

The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) says it is a "national disgrace" that 7,000 operations were cancelled this year because of hospital overcrowding.

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Harris warns of 'extremely busy' January for health service

The Health Minister is warning of an "extremely busy" January for the health service.

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HSE ordered to complete assessment of need for child

The HSE has been ordered by a High Court judge to complete an assessment of need for a child within the next eight weeks, while a number of cases in which parents are seeking to sue the HSE over delays in providing the assessment will return to court in March.

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HSE cuts number of patients seeking nursing home care under Fair Deal scheme

The HSE has been accused of being "imprudent" in unilaterally cutting the number of people whose nursing home care will be funded under the Fair Deal scheme next year.

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GPs label HSE Service Plan a 'disgrace' which nurses claim has no funds for safe staffing levels

The HSE Service Plan for 2019 has been labelled a "disgrace" by the National Association of General Practitioners.

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UCC health economist warns €850m increase in HSE budget is 'only a drop in the ocean'

A health economist has warned that the HSE has “very little wriggle room” in its budget for next year and if additional money is required services might have to be cut.

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HSE plans to build patient relationships all well and good but essentials of respectful care never change

Much nonsense has been talked about the HSE forbidding staff to call patients “love”, writes Terry Prone.

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3,662 needs assessments for children with disabilities overdue

3,662 applications for ‘assessment of need’ for children with disabilities were overdue at the end of last October, 30% of them in Cork and Kerry, says the HSE.

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Limerick hospital's €25m emergency department unable to cope with demand

The chief executive of University Hospital Limerick, Professor Colette Cowan has admitted that the €25 million emergency department opened just 18 months ago is not able to cope with the numbers coming through its doors.

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IMO: €30m HSE winter plan will only provide 'temporary relief' for some patients

The HSE's €30m winter plan will only provide “a temporary relief” for some patients, the Irish Medical Organisation claims.

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€30m HSE winter plan to target overcrowding and support for older people

Tackling overcrowding and supporting older people are some of the main targets of the HSE’s winter plan.

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Update: HSE's guidance on pet names is 'off-the-wall stuff', says consultant

The Irish Patients Association says it’s important that hospital staff get the right balance between being over familiar and clinical.

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Harris: HSE to announce details of 'winter ready' clinics next week

Innovative measures will be taken to reduce pressure on emergency departments over Christmas and the New Year.

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Non-profits say HSE coercing them to show break-even status

Some of the largest not-for-profit disability groups claim they are being coerced by the HSE to “present an image of a break-even service” even when they are clearly operating at a deficit.

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Backing for 16-bed stepdown facility in Cork city

The State must now provide funding to allow a rehab charity open a stepdown facility in Cork after a breakthrough in a stand-off which has seen the property lying idle for almost a decade.

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Extra 550 home care packages in Winter Plan

An additional 550 home care packages will be funded under the Winter Plan to help combat the hospital overcrowding that normally occurs around Christmas and the New Year.

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HSE data ‘not reliable enough’ on discharges from hospitals

An expert group examining the scale and causes of delayed discharges from hospital has been unable to produce any meaningful recommendations to tackle the problem this winter because of the poor quality of data available to it.

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Rehab hospital resumes services after three months without consultant cover

Children in need of complex specialised rehabilitation were unable to access inpatient beds at the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) over a three-month period because there was no consultant cover.

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Fair Deal scheme abused: Change rules to end bed blocks

Even by the sometimes incomprehensible standards of the HSE it seems amazing that an expert group considering delayed discharges for older people from hospitals — “bed blocking” in the vernacular — could not suggest how the issue might be resolved because the HSE data was so very poor it could not be used to design a solution.

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Most HSE staff not briefed on open disclosure

Just one in five health and social care workers has been formally briefed on the HSE’s open disclosure policy, and only one in 25 has attended a training workshop — five years after patients were assured the policy would be standard practice.

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HSE implement only 10 of 36 recommendations following 2015 investigation

The HSE has only implemented 10 out of 36 Ombudsman recommendations three years after an investigation into the health service.

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