Major upset after crèche programme airs

Major upset after crèche programme airs

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has said she was "deeply upset" to have witnessed the mistreatment of children in the care of a crèche chain, that was the subject of an investigation by RTÉ. On Wednesday night, RTÉ aired an undercover report into the care being provided at some of the branches of th...

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New Irish study on genetics of MND

New Irish study on genetics of MND

One in every 347 men and 436 women can be expected to develop motor neurone disease (MND) during their lifetime, a new Irish study into the genetics of the condition has found. According to the study's senior author, consultant neurologist, Prof Orla Hardiman, this latest study "will help us to find new treatments for this devastat...

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Supply of care unequal across Ireland

Supply of care unequal across Ireland

There are large inequalities in the supply of community health and social care services, such as GPs, social workers and nursing home beds, throughout the country, a new study has found. According to the findings from the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), the lowest supply of these services can be found in the greater ...

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Disability regulation has had positive impact

Disability regulation has had positive impact

The regulation of Ireland's disability sector has led to improvements in services, however major challenges remain when it comes to the safeguarding of vulnerable people, the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has said. It has just published a new report, which provides an overview of the first five years of regulation...

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Oral health has been neglected worldwide

Oral health has been neglected worldwide

Oral diseases, including tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancers, affect almost half of the world's population, yet oral health continues to be isolated from traditional healthcare and health policies around the world, experts have warned. This issue has been highlighted in a series on oral health that was written by 13 academic ...

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Independent travel benefits mental health

Independent travel benefits mental health

The importance of independent travel for older people has been highlighted by a new Irish study, which found that those who drive themselves or use public transport have better mental health. The findings come from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), which is an ongoing study of people over the age of 50 in Ireland bein...

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Six new regional health bodies to be created

Six new regional health bodies to be created

The health service is set to undergo major change over the coming years, following the announcement that six new regional health bodies are to be created. Each of these will have their own budget based on local population needs. The six regions have been chosen based on population data, including how people currently access health ...

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HSE recruitment ban putting patients at risk

HSE recruitment ban putting patients at risk

A HSE recruitment ban has led to major delays and cuts to services, which is putting patients at serious risk, nurses have warned. The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has compiled a list of vacant nursing and midwifery positions, which are not being filled due to an embargo on hiring. These posts include:-At least 325...

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Diabetes care lacking in the mid west

Diabetes care lacking in the mid west

People living with type 1 diabetes in the mid west of the country are not getting the full range of specialised care that they need, due to a lack of dietitians, Diabetes Ireland was warned. People with Type 1 diabetes require specialist care to support the self-management of the condition and dietitians play a key role in this. Di...

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Sexual violence is increasing – DRCC

Sexual violence is increasing – DRCC

Over 13,000 contacts were made to the national rape helpline last year - that is around 270 contacts every single week, the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) has said. It operates the country's national 24-hour helpline and according to its 2018 Annual Report, which has just been published, 13,367 contacts were made last year, more ...

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