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    Daily ordeal of elderly patients on A&E trolleys

    Daily ordeal of elderly patients on A&E trolleys


    The scandal of hospital trolleys is revealed in new figures showing that on each day last winter more than 50 of the most elderly patients were waiting longer than 24 hours for a bed in A&E...

    The scandal of hospital trolleys is revealed in new figures showing that on each day last winter more than 50 of the most elderly patients were waiting longer than 24 hours for a bed in A&E departments.
    'Enough is enough' - nurses protest as overcrowding chaos looms

    'Enough is enough' - nurses protest as overcrowding chaos looms


    "I just feel with the winter coming in we are really going to struggle," said Denise Hartigan, a nurse at the Connolly Hospital, commenting about the beds, staffing and overcrowding issues affecting...

    "I just feel with the winter coming in we are really going to struggle," said Denise Hartigan, a nurse at the Connolly Hospital, commenting about the beds, staffing and overcrowding issues affecting hospitals.
    'Government would rather let me die,' says pensioner denied cancer drug

    'Government would rather let me die,' says pensioner denied cancer drug


    A pensioner diagnosed with terminal cancer has been told she is not eligible for a life-saving drug despite tests that indicate it would add years to her...

    A pensioner diagnosed with terminal cancer has been told she is not eligible for a life-saving drug despite tests that indicate it would add years to her life.
    Juggling of finances makes the HSE 'black hole' hard to critique

    Juggling of finances makes the HSE 'black hole' hard to critique


    Spending in the HSE can be difficult to examine because of the way it juggles its finances - moving funding from one area to another during the year, according to a new...

    Spending in the HSE can be difficult to examine because of the way it juggles its finances - moving funding from one area to another during the year, according to a new paper.
    Superbugs could be defeated by tricking bacteria with metal

    Superbugs could be defeated by tricking bacteria with metal


    Tricking bacteria to consume a "Trojan horse" metal that looks like food but disrupts their ability to reproduce may be a way to defeat superbugs, say...

    Tricking bacteria to consume a "Trojan horse" metal that looks like food but disrupts their ability to reproduce may be a way to defeat superbugs, say scientists.

    Anomaly scans will not be ready in time for abortion roll out


    It will be 2019 before all pregnant women are automatically offered an anomaly scan to find out if their baby has a fatal foetal abnormality, it emerged...

    It will be 2019 before all pregnant women are automatically offered an anomaly scan to find out if their baby has a fatal foetal abnormality, it emerged yesterday.
    Paralysed man walks again after electrode implants

    Paralysed man walks again after electrode implants


    Paralysed patients are walking again after scientists coaxed undamaged nerves into taking over leg movements in a world first which offers new hope for disabled...

    Paralysed patients are walking again after scientists coaxed undamaged nerves into taking over leg movements in a world first which offers new hope for disabled people.
    More women to be part of CervicalCheck review

    More women to be part of CervicalCheck review


    Hundreds more women, who are outside the first group of cancer victims at the centre of the CervicalCheck controversy, are now being asked to take part in the wider review of the quality of laboratory...

    Hundreds more women, who are outside the first group of cancer victims at the centre of the CervicalCheck controversy, are now being asked to take part in the wider review of the quality of laboratory screening.
    Golf is good for your mind and body - and helps you live longer

    Golf is good for your mind and body - and helps you live longer


    Too many people are missing out on the health benefits of golf, a sport which is good for both the mind and body and can help lead to a longer life, a panel of international experts has...

    Too many people are missing out on the health benefits of golf, a sport which is good for both the mind and body and can help lead to a longer life, a panel of international experts has claimed.
    Doctors urge equal access to all new cancer drugs

    Doctors urge equal access to all new cancer drugs


    The Government should provide equal access to potentially life-saving immunotherapy treatments, cancer experts have told the Minister for Health Simon...

    The Government should provide equal access to potentially life-saving immunotherapy treatments, cancer experts have told the Minister for Health Simon Harris.

    Less than half of all hospital workers got flu jab last winter


    Less than half of all hospital staff got the flu vaccine last winter - leaving themselves and patients at risk of the virus, new figures...

    Less than half of all hospital staff got the flu vaccine last winter - leaving themselves and patients at risk of the virus, new figures reveal.
    Patients on waiting lists face losing access to healthcare scheme in North

    Patients on waiting lists face losing access to healthcare scheme in North


    Patients in the Republic who are languishing on hospital waiting lists will lose out after Brexit as a vital cross-border treatment scheme becomes more difficult to...

    Patients in the Republic who are languishing on hospital waiting lists will lose out after Brexit as a vital cross-border treatment scheme becomes more difficult to access.
    Swine flu jab fears reported two years before Irish recall

    Swine flu jab fears reported two years before Irish recall


    A leading medical journal has warned that serious safety "indicators" were raised over the swine flu vaccine Pandemrix in 2009 - almost two years before the vaccine was finally suspended from use in...

    A leading medical journal has warned that serious safety "indicators" were raised over the swine flu vaccine Pandemrix in 2009 - almost two years before the vaccine was finally suspended from use in Ireland.
    Grieving family distressed after hospital returned dead man's belongings in rubbish bag

    Grieving family distressed after hospital returned dead man's belongings in rubbish bag


    A grieving family who lost their father were distressed after hospital staff returned his belongings in a plastic refuse bag - with the slippers he wore when admitted on...

    A grieving family who lost their father were distressed after hospital staff returned his belongings in a plastic refuse bag - with the slippers he wore when admitted on top.
    Medicines may not be ready when abortion law comes in

    Medicines may not be ready when abortion law comes in


    Medicines that need to be given to women having a medical termination may not be ready for authorisation in January when the new abortion law comes in to...

    Medicines that need to be given to women having a medical termination may not be ready for authorisation in January when the new abortion law comes in to force.
    Only one child with scoliosis sent to UK for surgery as 109 still wait

    Only one child with scoliosis sent to UK for surgery as 109 still wait


    Only one child in need of surgery for the severe spinal condition scoliosis has been sent abroad to the UK for an operation this...

    Only one child in need of surgery for the severe spinal condition scoliosis has been sent abroad to the UK for an operation this year.
    Plea: Decision on drug approval is 'life or death'

    Plea: Decision on drug approval is 'life or death'


    Health Minister Simon Harris has been told his decision on whether to grant access to a revolutionary new drug for children with a rare degenerative condition is one of life or...

    Health Minister Simon Harris has been told his decision on whether to grant access to a revolutionary new drug for children with a rare degenerative condition is one of life or death.
    Abortions after nine weeks will have to be carried out in hospital - doctors

    Abortions after nine weeks will have to be carried out in hospital - doctors


    Women who want a medical abortion after nine weeks of pregnancy will have to go to a hospital rather than their GP to avoid a risk of complications, it emerged...

    Women who want a medical abortion after nine weeks of pregnancy will have to go to a hospital rather than their GP to avoid a risk of complications, it emerged yesterday.
    CervicalCheck delays return to carrying out cancer test reviews

    CervicalCheck delays return to carrying out cancer test reviews


    CervicalCheck, which has stopped auditing the screening test results of women after they are diagnosed with cervical cancer, will not resume the practice until a new system of review is in place, Health Minister Simon Harris said...

    CervicalCheck, which has stopped auditing the screening test results of women after they are diagnosed with cervical cancer, will not resume the practice until a new system of review is in place, Health Minister Simon Harris said yesterday.
    Doctor fears on abortion 'pause'

    Doctor fears on abortion 'pause'


    Doctors will today warn a proposed three-day "pause period" for abortion could be a barrier to women seeking a...

    Doctors will today warn a proposed three-day "pause period" for abortion could be a barrier to women seeking a termination.