Hospitals struggling with infection control

Hospitals struggling with infection control

Some hospitals in Ireland are struggling to effectively prevent and control the spread of healthcare-associated infections, due to issues such as a lack of isolation facilities, high occupancy rates and ageing hospital infrastructure, the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has said. It has just published inspection rep...

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Cancer patients ‘under siege financially’

Cancer patients ‘under siege financially’

Cancer patients can face extra costs of up to €1,200 per month, leaving them feeling ‘under siege financially', the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) has warned. It has just launched its Budget 2020 submission, which calls on the Government to reduce the major financial strain being placed on patients and their families. "Many ...

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Cancer patients ‘under siege financially’

Cancer patients ‘under siege financially’

Cancer patients can face extra costs of up to €1,200 per month, leaving them feeling ‘under siege financially', the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) has warned. It has just launched its Budget 2020 submission, which calls on the Government to reduce the major financial strain being placed on patients and their families. "Many ...

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Increasing access to contraception

Increasing access to contraception

The Minister for Health has launched a public consultation to look at the issue of access to contraception. According to Minister Simon Harris, removing barriers to contraception is a key priority for him. In April of this year, he established a working group to look at the policies, regulations and legislative issues relating to e...

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Concern over air pollution in Dublin

Concern over air pollution in Dublin

Some parts of Dublin may have air pollution levels that exceed EU safety limits, a new report by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has revealed. The report relates to nitrogen dioxide, which is largely caused by emissions from traffic. Levels of the pollutant have been rising due to an increasing number of vehicles on the r...

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Campaign aims to keep track of medicines

Campaign aims to keep track of medicines

A new campaign, which aims to help people keep track of the medicines they are taking, has been launched by the HSE. "Know, Check, Ask" aims to help people who takes medicines regularly, and everyone involved in their care, to make better decisions about their treatment. "Sooner or later everyone needs medication and often people c...

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Almost half of women provide unpaid care every day

Almost half of women provide unpaid care every day

Almost half of women in Ireland and over one-quarter of men provide unpaid care for others on a daily basis, a new report has revealed. According to the findings, the majority (55%) of those providing unpaid care on a daily basis are also in employment. The report, Caring and Unpaid Work in Ireland, has been published by the Irish ...

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Food poverty ‘an everyday reality’ for many

Food poverty ‘an everyday reality’ for many

Poorer households need to spend up to one-third of their income just to afford a basic food basket that meets their nutritional needs, new research by Safefood has found. According to the findings, households on a low income tend to eat less well, are more likely to be overweight and have poorer health outcomes overall. The researc...

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Reduction in stroke mortality rates – report

Reduction in stroke mortality rates – report

A new report has found some improvements in the health service over the last year, including a reduction in heart attack and stroke mortality rates. However, the report also finds that there is "room for improvement" in some areas, including vaccination and Ireland's caesarean rate, which continues to rise year on year and is above...

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Over 7,000 patients on trolleys in June

Over 7,000 patients on trolleys in June

Over 7,300 patients were left waiting on trolleys and chairs in hospitals nationwide in June - a 7% increase on the same period last year. According to the latest figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), 7392 admitted patients, including 55 children, were ‘forced to wait without hospital beds' last mont...

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