Yearly Archives: 2019

One in five hip fracture patients discharged directly home following surgery

Only one in five hip fracture patients were discharged home directly following surgery, according to the Irish Hip Fracture Database National Report 2017.

Medical exposure to ionising radiation to be regulated by HIQA

HIQA is now responsible for the regulation of medical exposure to ionising radiation.

New notifiable diseases

Health Minister, Simon Harris has signed the Infectious Diseases (Amendment) Regulations 2018 into law, a key part of which is to make neonatal Herpes simplex virus a notifiable disease.

Two hundred and sixty three transplants carried out in 2018

A total of 263 transplants were carried out last year. Across the three national transplant centres, 120 kidneys, 18 hearts, 27 lungs, 56 liver and five pancreas surgeries were completed.

Updated guidelines on HTAs

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has published updated guidelines on the conduct of health technology assessment (HTA) in Ireland.

Should the Department of Health and HSE be merged?

In a recent column in The Sunday Business Post, Tony O‘Brien, former Director General of the HSE, argued that the possibility of a merger of the Department of Health and the HSE should be on the healthcare reform agenda, writes Denis Doherty.

Starting the new year on a positive note

It is easy to criticise the health service and to overlook the wonderful and productive work that is delivered in Ireland, writes Dr. Peter Lachman.

HSE’s budget for 2019 is over €16 billion

The HSE has a budget of €16.050 billion to run the health services this year. This is an increase of €848m (5.6%) over the final budget for 2018, writes Maureen Browne.

Sláintecare Implementation Advisory Council

Twenty three people who have been appointed as members of the Sláintecare Implementation Advisory Council, by Health Minister, Simon Harris come from a range of backgrounds, including healthcare, governance, change management and leadership. Maureen Browne reports.

The health status of the Irish nation

Life expectancy in Ireland has increased by almost two and a half years since 2006, with male life expectancy consistently higher than the EU average throughout the last decade.

Addressing staff stress

Self Care for Carers has been providing excellence in training in stress management and resilience for healthcare staff since 2012. Karen Brennan shares some of the key issues frontline staff are addressing when given the chance to open up and discuss stress at work, and outlines the simple approach managers can take to increase staff resilience and improve stress management.

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