Monthly Archives: January, 2013

President’s Message

Protecting the Service Ethic

When your vouchers are gone – you’re gone!

Money following the patient may have profound implications for service providers. In deciding where to spend the money available to them, to what extent will convenience and service quality considerations influence decisions, asks Denis Doherty.

News from around your health services

New HSE Directors to be appointed New Suicide Prevention Director Benefit of Scheduled Surgery to be assessed by HIQA Special merit award for Temple Street Hospital €13 million development for Kilkenny Fellowships awarded HSE Procurement scoops two top awards

The timeline for the reform agenda

The Smaller Hospitals Framework will be published and administrative Hospital Groups will be established in the first quarter of this year, leading to Hospital Trusts by the end 2015, the Secretary General of the Department of Health, Dr. Ambrose McLoughlin told the HMI West Regional Meeting in Galway. Maureen Browne reports.

Strengthen HSE national disability function

The national disability function within the HSE must be strengthened and given a central directional role in funding, shaping and driving the Disabilities Service Programme, Mr. Brian O’Donnell, Chief Executive of the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies told the HMI West Regional Meeting in Galway. Maureen Browne reports.

Our ability to change is our only security

People don’t resist change, they resist being changed. Ms. Caroline O’Regan, HSE HR Succession Management & Leadership Development, told the HMI Dublin Mid Leinster Regional Meeting in the National Rehabilitation Hospital, in Dun Laoghaire. Maureen Browne reports.

Will Ireland’s health service ever be “fit for purpose”?

The question of whether the Irish health service, which is now at a crossroads faced with relentless cuts and accumulating deficits, will ever be “fit for purpose,” is the theme of the 9th National Health Summit, which will be held in Croke Park, Dublin on February 13 next.

How you can make data quality a success

Ensuring data quality is the responsibility of all health and social care staff – not just the clinical staff, data quality manager, the records management team or the IT department, writes Professor Jane Grimson, Director of Health Information and Deputy Chief Executive of HIQA.

Our rapacious gluttony for healthcare resources

Like many of the lycra-covered lovelies pounding public roads all across Ireland at this time of the year, health service managers are working out their flabby-bottomed balance sheets in an attempt to slim down, writes Laurence Nightingale.

Diary of events

Health managers may be interested in these events.

Little clarity on HSE spending for 2013

The 2013 HSE Service Plan is so deluged with figures for gross spending, net spending, over-runs, savings required, unavoidable budget pressures, reductions, risks and caveats that it is difficult for ordinary mortals to work out exactly how much money will be available to the different services, writes Maureen Browne.

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