Welcome to the first 2019 edition of Health Manager. The one constant in healthcare is change and this year will see changes in healthcare policy. Health Manager will be keeping you abreast of these as they develop. As Brexit looms, we await the many potential impacts on healthcare in terms of personnel, services and supply change and particularly note the border counties.
Capital investment in the Irish health services would be needed to enhance service provision and to drive reform, but investment should go hand in hand with reform, as the current configuration of the system was not optimal, a HMI meeting in St. James’s Hospital, Dublin, was told. Maureen Browne reports.
Health service staff attending a HMI meeting in Cork’s Erinville Hospital were told to assume they were Board Members of a health commissioning body who had to choose between a number of treatment options with different costs and outcomes for three groups of patients with a particular type of cancer. Maureen Browne reports.
Leading experts speaking at the first cross border Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) conference highlighted that children who have been exposed to situations such as domestic violence, alcohol/drug abuse, mental illness and bereavement can experience negative impacts which last well into adulthood. Such impacts can include poorer educational achievements, employment status and health and well-being.
The Children’s Health Bill 2018, which provides for the establishment of a single statutory entity, Children’s Health Ireland, to provide paediatric services and take over responsibility for the services currently provided by the existing three Dublin children’s hospitals, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, and the paediatric services at Tallaght University Hospital, has been passed by the Oireachtas.
Approval has been given for building a four-bed extension to the paediatric intensive care unit in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, to support the development of the network which provides cardiac care to children with congenital heart disease throughout the island of Ireland.
Professor Kerri Clough-Gorr, Director of the National Cancer Registry has urged that with improving cancer outcomes, we must go beyond our current capabilities of reporting of incidence, initial treatments and survival to better understand the patient experience, including quality of life, disease progression and recurrence and long term treatments.
CEO of The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland Pat Mcloughlin, who was the Deputy CEO of the HSE and the first Director of the HSE National Hospitals Office, has been elected to serve for a two year term to the Board of Alzheimer Europe.
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