Monthly Archives: November, 2019

President’s Message

Welcome to the November edition of Health Manager. This is my first President’s message and it is a particular honour to hold this office.

New HMI Vice President

Tony Canavan was elected as vice president of the HMI at the AGM on 2 October 2019.

Healthcare in a declining rural Ireland

Rural Ireland is wilting. Like the potato blight that caused the Great Famine, the developing blight is not uniform. The ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ has been a boon to many communities along the west coast. Regrettably, the ‘Ancient East’ and ‘Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands’ have yet to make an impact, writes Denis Doherty.

From designing for patients to coproducing with people

The last month has been pretty busy for me as the ISQua conference took place in Cape Town. This affords me the opportunity to reflect on the key lessons that came out of the conference that may apply to the Irish Healthcare system. There is more than enough for more than one article so I probably will use the concepts over a few, writes Dr. Pater Lachman.

Right Care Right Place Right Time given by the Right Team

Sláintecare is the ten-year programme to transform our health and social care services. It is the roadmap for building a world-class health and social care service to meet the changing needs of the Irish population. Improving the patient experience is a fundamental Sláintecare goal and will underpin all the reform actions being taken, Ms. Muriel Farrell Programme Lead for the Sláintecare Programme, told a HMI West Regional Meeting in Merlin Park Hospital on November 18.  Maureen Browne reports.

Virtual Heart Failure Clinics for East Galway

Diagnostic services and specialist advice through virtual clinics will be provided in the community through a reconfiguration and re-vamp of the entire Heart Failure service in East Galway. Dr. Chris McBrearty, Associate Specialist in Quality Improvement & SláinteCare Project Manager in Portiuncula University Hospital in Ballinasloe, told the HMI West meeting in Merlin Park. Maureen Browne reports.

Seamus On The Wireless – Kinvara Reporting

Long-time senior health manager, Seamus Gallagher has forged a new career in recent years – presenting two highly successful community radio programmes, writes Maureen Browne.


Bernard Gloster has been appointed CEO of TUSLA, Ireland’s State Agency for Child and Family services. He took up the position in September 2019.  Immediately...

Hospital Group CEOs

CEOs have been appointed to a number of Hospital Groups following a  recruitment competition, run by the Public Appointments Service. Mr. Tony Canavan was appointed...

Hospital Managers may need higher salaries

Hospital Managers may need to be paid higher salaries, according to Fianna Fail Health Spokesperson Stephen Donnelly, T.D. Mr. Donnelly also said that health care...

Good hospital care, but lengthy ED waiting times remain a problem

Findings of the 2019 National Inpatient Experience Survey show some improvements on last year, with patients reporting more positive experiences of discharge or transfer...

Age Friendly Journey at St. Luke’s General Hospital

The Geriatric Emergency Medicine Service (GEMS) and the Age Friendly Hospital Initiatives at St Luke’s General Hospital Carlow-Kilkenny, were launched by The Minister of...

New “Digital Health Transformation” Masters launched at inaugural HSE Digital Academy Forum

New “Digital Health Transformation” Masters launched at inaugural HSE Digital Academy Forum

Third national Health Innovation Hub Ireland opened in Galway

The third national Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI, has been officially opened at NUI Galway’s Lambe Institute for Translational Research, based at Galway University Hospital. Both the...

Minister opens new Mayo Hospice

Health Minister, Simon Harris has officially opened the new Mayo Hospice in Castlebar. The €9.2 million state-of-the-art unit has 14 specialist palliative care bedrooms, a...

Budget provides for recruitment of 1,000 frontline staff

A total of €60 million to recruit 1,000 frontline staff into the community by the end of 2021, was provided for in Budget 2020. The...

Priority areas for new autism plan

The €2 million announced in Budget 2020 for the Autism Plan, will be used in a number of priority areas according to Health Minister, Mr. Simon Harris. He said it would be...

Over €2 billion to be spent on health capital projects from 2019 to 2021

The HSE Capital Plan, announced in September, provides for spending just over €2 billion on health capital projects from 2019 to 2021, according to the...

University Hospital Kerry rolls out national orthopaedic register

University Hospital Kerry (UHK), which is part of the South/South West Hospital Group, has become the eighth hospital in Ireland to roll out the...

Coombe Master-Elect

The Board of Guardians and Directors of the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital has announced the election of Dr Michael O'Connell as Master-Elect...

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