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    GPs hit out at HSE for 'manipulation' of waiting lists


    Doctors have accused the HSE of attempting to manipulate waiting lists and causing people to lose their place for...

    Doctors have accused the HSE of attempting to manipulate waiting lists and causing people to lose their place for treatment.
    Offer of extra tests is extended by CervicalCheck

    Offer of extra tests is extended by CervicalCheck


    Women who want to avail of additional smear tests, outside their normal schedule, are to be offered free screening until the end of the...

    Women who want to avail of additional smear tests, outside their normal schedule, are to be offered free screening until the end of the year.
    Outpatient delays worsen, but still no action plan

    Outpatient delays worsen, but still no action plan


    The number of patients enduring the longest delays of more than 18 months to see a specialist in an outpatient clinic has reached a new record, with more than 80,000 now in the queue for this gruelling length of time, new figures revealed...

    The number of patients enduring the longest delays of more than 18 months to see a specialist in an outpatient clinic has reached a new record, with more than 80,000 now in the queue for this gruelling length of time, new figures revealed yesterday.
    Talc maker told to pay €4bn after claims of cancer

    Talc maker told to pay €4bn after claims of cancer


    The maker of a popular talcum powder sold in Ireland has defended its safety after a US court ordered it to pay $4.7bn (€4bn) to a group of 22 women who alleged the product caused their ovarian...

    The maker of a popular talcum powder sold in Ireland has defended its safety after a US court ordered it to pay $4.7bn (€4bn) to a group of 22 women who alleged the product caused their ovarian cancer.

    Patient lists for treatment in hospitals set to double as letters sent out to GPs


    Patients referred for treatment at hospitals could see waiting times double as GPs are told their patients have been removed from waiting lists and need to be...

    Patients referred for treatment at hospitals could see waiting times double as GPs are told their patients have been removed from waiting lists and need to be reinstated.
    263 given shock therapy

    263 given shock therapy


    The numbers of psychiatric patients receiving electric shock therapy remains consistent, despite the introduction of rules safeguarding those who do not give their...

    The numbers of psychiatric patients receiving electric shock therapy remains consistent, despite the introduction of rules safeguarding those who do not give their consent.
    Another 'dent in confidence' amid 17 more cervical cancer claims

    Another 'dent in confidence' amid 17 more cervical cancer claims


    Seventeen additional legal actions over cervical cancer have been revealed in what has been described as another "dent in confidence" in the health...

    Seventeen additional legal actions over cervical cancer have been revealed in what has been described as another "dent in confidence" in the health system.
    'Bertie Bowl' executive will earn €777,000 to lead health overhaul

    'Bertie Bowl' executive will earn €777,000 to lead health overhaul


    A key figure in the ill-fated 'Bertie Bowl' who has been chosen to drive forward the plan to overhaul the health service will earn more than €777,100 during her five-year...

    A key figure in the ill-fated 'Bertie Bowl' who has been chosen to drive forward the plan to overhaul the health service will earn more than €777,100 during her five-year term.
    10-point plan is unveiled to tackle the waiting lists for children with scoliosis

    10-point plan is unveiled to tackle the waiting lists for children with scoliosis


    A 10-point plan to further reduce the waiting lists of children needing surgery for the severe spinal condition scoliosis will see two surgeons focus exclusively on these cases at the end of the...

    A 10-point plan to further reduce the waiting lists of children needing surgery for the severe spinal condition scoliosis will see two surgeons focus exclusively on these cases at the end of the year.

    Taoiseach announces Laura Magahy to oversee 'Slaintecare' plan to overhaul health service


    A leading light of the Celtic Tiger era, who was a key figure in the ill-fated ‘Bertie Bowl,’ has been chosen to take charge of the plan to transform the Irish health...

    A leading light of the Celtic Tiger era, who was a key figure in the ill-fated ‘Bertie Bowl,’ has been chosen to take charge of the plan to transform the Irish health service.

    'Ban school vending machines to combat obesity' - report


    Vending machines selling unhealthy drinks and snacks should be banned from schools to help combat childhood obesity, the Oireachtas Education Committee recommends in a new...

    Vending machines selling unhealthy drinks and snacks should be banned from schools to help combat childhood obesity, the Oireachtas Education Committee recommends in a new report.
    Trolley crisis 'will get worse'

    Trolley crisis 'will get worse'


    The "dehumanising" conditions endured by patients in A&E departments are in danger of getting worse next winter, doctors and nurses have...

    The "dehumanising" conditions endured by patients in A&E departments are in danger of getting worse next winter, doctors and nurses have warned.
    Government puts cap on expenses payouts to victims of cancer scandal

    Government puts cap on expenses payouts to victims of cancer scandal


    Women and bereaved families who are the victims of the CervicalCheck scandal are having their expenses package promised by the Government capped, it emerged...

    Women and bereaved families who are the victims of the CervicalCheck scandal are having their expenses package promised by the Government capped, it emerged yesterday.
    Doctors want a set number of GPs to provide abortions

    Doctors want a set number of GPs to provide abortions


    A specific number of trained and experienced GPs, rather than a widespread group, could be established to provide medical abortions, a doctors' leader has...

    A specific number of trained and experienced GPs, rather than a widespread group, could be established to provide medical abortions, a doctors' leader has urged.
    Naughten bids to keep dementia centre open in his constituency

    Naughten bids to keep dementia centre open in his constituency


    A deal is being negotiated to retain a health unit in a Government minister's constituency despite concerns expressed by the...

    A deal is being negotiated to retain a health unit in a Government minister's constituency despite concerns expressed by the HSE.

    Newest smear test 'could save many more women from cancer'


    The introduction of more advanced smear testing has the potential to spare women in Ireland from going on to develop cervical cancer or dying of the disease, an international expert has...

    The introduction of more advanced smear testing has the potential to spare women in Ireland from going on to develop cervical cancer or dying of the disease, an international expert has said.
    Social media sites 'make addictive medication easier to buy'

    Social media sites 'make addictive medication easier to buy'


    Addiction psychiatrist Dr Colin O'Gara believes social media sites have "opened the door" for prescription drug dealers to...

    Addiction psychiatrist Dr Colin O'Gara believes social media sites have "opened the door" for prescription drug dealers to thrive.
    Pharmacists: 'We can save State millions on biologics'

    Pharmacists: 'We can save State millions on biologics'


    Pharmacists are demanding they be given the right to substitute cheaper 'biosimilar' alternatives to expensive and complex 'biologic'...

    Pharmacists are demanding they be given the right to substitute cheaper 'biosimilar' alternatives to expensive and complex 'biologic' medicines.
    Harris tells women they must fund their private smear tests

    Harris tells women they must fund their private smear tests


    Women who opted to go private and pay for cervical screening in the wake of the CervicalCheck scandal have been told they will not be...

    Women who opted to go private and pay for cervical screening in the wake of the CervicalCheck scandal have been told they will not be reimbursed.
    Sperm donors will not be able to remain anonymous

    Sperm donors will not be able to remain anonymous


    People who donate sperm, eggs or an embryo for use by infertile couples will no longer be able to remain anonymous and will have to provide personal information for a...

    People who donate sperm, eggs or an embryo for use by infertile couples will no longer be able to remain anonymous and will have to provide personal information for a register.