Psychiatric nurses to strike next month

Psychiatric nurses to strike next month

Psychiatric nurses are to strike next month following an ongoing dispute over staffing levels. Last month, the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action ‘in protest of the continued failure of the Government to bring forward realistic proposals to address the recruitment and rete...

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January most depressing month of the year

January most depressing month of the year

Over half of Irish people view January as the most depressing month of the year, a new survey has found. According to the findings, 56% of people feel that January is the most depressing month and this increases to 60% among those aged between 18 and 34. The most common reasons for this were bad weather, dark mornings and evenings,...

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10,000+ calls to asthma helpline since 2014

10,000+ calls to asthma helpline since 2014

A helpline for people with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has received over 10,000 calls since 2014. According to the Asthma Society of Ireland, its Adviceline recently received its 10,000th call since 2014. The services allows people to speak to a respiratory nurse specialist, multiple times if needs be. T...

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HSE issues meningococcal disease warning

HSE issues meningococcal disease warning

There has been a ‘noted increase' in cases of meningococcal disease in Ireland in the last two weeks, the HSE has warned. Eleven cases were notified to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) in the last week of December 2018 and first week of January 2019, compared to five in the same period last year. Three of thes...

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Nurses to strike on January 30

Nurses to strike on January 30

Nurses and midwives are set to go on strike for 24 hours on January 30, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has announced. Last month, 95% of INMO members voted in favour of strike action due to an ongoing dispute over staff shortages and poor pay. If this dispute continues, there will be further 24-hour strikes on Fe...

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Big drop in work-related deaths in 2018

Big drop in work-related deaths in 2018

The number of people killed in work-related accidents fell by 23% in 2018 when compared with the year before, new figures have shown. According to the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), 37 people were killed in work accidents last year, which is the lowest figure recorded since the HSA was established in 1989. Fifteen of these deat...

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Operation Asthma aims for better control

Operation Asthma aims for better control

People with asthma are being encouraged to get their condition under better control by Valentine's Day (February 14). The Asthma Society of Ireland has launched ‘Operation Asthma', a new campaign which aims to help people to properly manage the condition that affects some 470,000 people here. "Research shows that 282,000 of t...

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Cerebral palsy linked to high depression risk

Cerebral palsy linked to high depression risk

Adults with cerebral palsy face a much higher risk of developing depression and anxiety, a new study led by Irish researchers has found. Cerebral palsy is a term used to refer to a range of complicated conditions that affect movement and posture. It occurs when the brain fails to develop properly or is damaged before birth, during ...

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HSE reminding people to get flu vaccine

HSE reminding people to get flu vaccine

The HSE is reminding people in at-risk groups that it is not too late to get vaccinated against the flu. Flu (influenza) is a highly infectious and potentially serious virus that kills between 200 and 500 people in Ireland every year. Flu season typically lasts from October to April, however current data shows that flu levels are l...

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Overwhelming capacity problems in health service

Overwhelming capacity problems in health service

Hospital consultants have expressed major concern about ongoing capacity deficits within the country's public hospitals and mental health services. According to the Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA), the capacity problems within the Irish health service are ‘overwhelming', yet there is a complacency in addressing ...

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