‘Staffing meets air medical needs of patients’ says ICP President

‘Staffing meets air medical needs of patients’ says ICP President

President of the Irish College of Paramedics has hit back at criticism of the medical staffing of Ireland’s new air ambulance service, insisting it “meets the requirements of patients”.

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Patient Safety Bill measures ‘could lead to reduction in litigation’

Patient Safety Bill measures ‘could lead to reduction in litigation’

The new Patient Safety Bill legislation for mandatory open disclosure for patients could save the HSE money.

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Minister praises HSE for reducing deficit

Minister praises HSE for reducing deficit

The Health Minister has said that the HSE has done well to reduce its financial shortfall for the year to less than €200m.

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FF: €1bn HSE savings target 'not credible'

FF: €1bn HSE savings target 'not credible'

Fianna Fáil's Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher says the €1bn target for Health Service savings next year isn't "credible" or "sustainable".

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Reilly 'in control' of Health despite overspend reports

Reilly 'in control' of Health despite overspend reports

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney has denied that James Reilly has lost control of his department amid reports of a ballooning deficit in the Health Service Executive (HSE).

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Minister mulls further extension for 2014 HSE plan

Minister mulls further extension for 2014 HSE plan

The Health Minister says he will consider a further extension to the HSE for the preparation of its Service Plan if required.

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Kenny: Hospital budgets have increased this year

Kenny: Hospital budgets have increased this year

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has insisted that hospitals have been given increases of 3% in budgets this year and that the coalition is cutting costs and not services.

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Health budget cuts 'can be made without cutting services'

Health budget cuts 'can be made without cutting services'

A junior minister has denied the health budget for next year is unworkable despite a warning to the HSE from the heads of four of the country's biggest hospitals over cuts.

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HSE official released by gardaí

HSE official released by gardaí

The HSE official arrested for questioning about an alleged fraud at St Mary's Hospital in Gurranbraher in Cork has been released without charge this afternoon.

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Incoming HSE chief warns of new cuts

The incoming head of the HSE has warned of a new round of cuts in the health service in the coming months promising to clamp down on sick leave and discretionary spending.

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Martin accuses Health Minister of misleading Dáil

Martin accuses Health Minister of misleading Dáil

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has today accused the Minister for Health of misleading the Dáil over this year's spending plans for the health service.

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Rabbitte: No rift between Government parties

Rabbitte: No rift between Government parties

Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte has today rejected suggestions of a rift between the Government parties.

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Outgoing HSE chief admits tensions with Health Minister

Outgoing HSE chief admits tensions with Health Minister

The outgoing HSE chief executive has admitted there "are tensions from time to time" between himself and Health Minister James Reilly.

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Bruton: Govt is tackling HSE overspend

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton has said that budget targets have to be hit in the area of health, just like everywhere else.

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Kenny denies health budget claims

Kenny denies health budget claims

The Taoiseach has denied accusations that the Department of Health cooked its books in estimating its 2012 budget.

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Board changes at HSE

Health Minister Dr James Reilly has announced a series of changes to the Board of the HSE.

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Reilly: Staff retirements a 'significant challenge' for HSE

Reilly: Staff retirements a 'significant challenge' for HSE

Health Minister James Reilly has today warned that the departure of 2,200 health staff by the end of the month will pose "a significant challenge" for the HSE.

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Govt approves drafting of new legislation to govern HSE

The Government has approved the drafting of new laws replacing the HSE with a new seven-part system.

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'No meaningful disclosure' in dumped HSE records

The HSE has stated today that paperwork from Sligo General hospital found dumped in a bog in Co Galway contained "no meaningful disclosure" of patient information.

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HSE to 'pause' recruitment

The Health Service Executive said today that it is "imposing a pause" on hiring at all levels in the organisation, including positions exempt from the recruitment moratorium.

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HSE reports budget deficit of €170m

The HSE has overspent its budget by €170m in the first five months of the year, according to the body's latest progress report.

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HSE chief faces Public Accounts Committee

HSE chief faces Public Accounts Committee

HSE chief executive Cathal Magee will be questioned by the new Public Accounts Committee today.

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HSE error 'could jeopardise sex cases evidence'

HSE error 'could jeopardise sex cases evidence'

Concerns have emerged over the cases of 25 people who were examined at the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit at Letterkenny General Hospital following an administrative error by the HSE.

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HSE set for further cuts of €1bn

HSE set for further cuts of €1bn

The HSE chief executive said today that the health service needs to change, since the current system is still not working well enough.

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Minister: Board clearout an important part of HSE reform

Minister: Board clearout an important part of HSE reform

Health Minister Dr James Reilly has cleared out the board of the Health Service Executive (HSE), claiming the dramatic shake-up will improve services and accountability.

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O'Reilly to accept resignations of HSE board

O'Reilly to accept resignations of HSE board

Health Minister Dr James Reilly has said he intends to accept the resignations of 11 members of the Health Service Executive (HSE) board tendered at a meeting this lunchtime.

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Shakeup expected as HSE board to meet

Shakeup expected as HSE board to meet

Health Minister James Reilly is to meet the board of the Health Service Executive today amid speculation of a shake-up.

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Pay cuts for student nurses amount to 'slave labour'

Pay cuts for student nurses amount to 'slave labour'

Student nurses and midwives have threatened a campaign of industrial action over Government plans to cut their pay.

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Uptake of HSE redundancy scheme 'slow'

The uptake on voluntary redundancy applications among HSE workers has been very slow, it has been claimed.

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Strong response to HSE redundancy scheme

Strong response to HSE redundancy scheme

More than 8,500 HSE workers have expressed an interest in an early retirement and redundancy package, it has emerged today.

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Govt accused of dismantling watchdogs after health row

Govt accused of dismantling watchdogs after health row

The Government was today accused of systematically dismantling public watchdogs after the Ombudsman claimed health chiefs refused to co-operate with an investigation.

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Ombudsman's report highlights failures in nursing home care

Ombudsman's report highlights failures in nursing home care

Older people have been systematically denied their rights over 25 years because of a lack of State-funded nursing home beds, a damning watchdog report revealed tonight.

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Significant interest in HSE redundancy scheme

Almost 1,000 HSE workers have already expressed interest in the organisation's redundancy and retirement packages.

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Health service job cuts 'will not hit care'

Taoiseach Brian Cowen tonight said plans to cull up to 4,000 managers and administrative staff from the health service should not create any major disruption to services.

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HSE voluntary redundancy and retirement schemes announced

Health Minister Mary Harney today announced government approval for a voluntary early retirement scheme and a voluntary redundancy scheme for certain categories of staff in the public health service.

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HSE chief admits to 'systemic failure' in training fund administration

HSE chief admits to 'systemic failure' in training fund administration

HSE Chief Executive Cathal Magee today told an Oireachtas committee that there appeared to have been a "systemic failure" to adhere to foreign travel regulations in relation to a training programme.

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Dáil watchdog to begin probe into HSE waste scandal

The Dáil's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will today begin its investigation into the latest waste scandal in the health service.

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Cowen defends Govt on dealing with 'wasteful' health spending

Cowen defends Govt on dealing with 'wasteful' health spending

The Government is not turning a blind eye to alleged wasteful spending in the health service, the Taoiseach insisted today.

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HSE criticised over placing of children in adult psych unit

HSE criticised over placing of children in adult psych unit

Childrens' charity Barnardos is criticising the HSE over the placement of four teenagers in an adult psychiatric unit on Sunday and Monday.

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Harney out of touch, say nurses

Harney out of touch, say nurses

Health Minister Mary Harney was accused today of being out of touch with the pressures of maintaining a safe level of patient care.

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HSE: Patients in West will wait longer for procedures

The Health Service Executive has admitted that its cutbacks in the Western region will result in waiting times for patients in some areas and for certain procedures.

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INMO in call for health summit

INMO in call for health summit

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) is to call for a "crisis summit" to tackle the problems facing the health sector.

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Health unions to outline opposition to job cuts at LRC meeting

Health unions to outline opposition to job cuts at LRC meeting

Health unions will outline their opposition to the threat of 1,000 jobs being axed in the West to the Labour Relations Commission this morning.

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New HSE chairman named

Dr Frank Dolphin has been named as the new chairman of the HSE succeeding Liam Downey who has completed the permitted two terms, it was announced today.

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HSE confuses elderly people about entitlements, claims Ombudsman

HSE confuses elderly people about entitlements, claims Ombudsman

Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly has hit out at the HSE and the Department of Health today for their treatment of elderly people in long-term care.

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Report 'recommends closing all institutions for disabled people'

An unpublished report has recommended that all institutions for people with disabilities should be closed down within the next seven years because they are in breach of residents' basic rights.

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Ombudsman condemns 'excessive secrecy' of HSE

Ombudsman condemns 'excessive secrecy' of HSE

The Ombudsman launched a blistering attack on the Health Service Executive today, claiming staff put the organisation’s interests before patients and the public.

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Harney: Cuts to HSE services inevitable

Health Minister Mary Harney has warned the HSE will have to cut services next year.

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Public invited to help shape HSE

The public are being invited to shape the Health Service Executive (HSE).

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Harney backs proposed HSE action against staff

Health Minister Mary Harney said today that she will fully support any action taken by the Health Service Executive against members of staff who refuse to do their job.

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HSE to meet union this morning

Talks are set to take place between HSE management and the IMPACT union this morning.

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HSE computer system ‘plagued with security problems’

A HSE computer system, which holds patients records, has been plagued with security flaws and operational problems.

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HSE chief urges patients to complain more

The head of the Health Service Executive (HSE) has said people need to complain more if they feel they are not getting a proper service from 'frontline staff'.

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Harney backs HSE after decision to grant 'fantastic' Drumm €70,000 bonus

Minister for Health Mary Harney today expressed her support for the board of the Health Service Executive after a lucrative €70,000 bonus was approved for HSE chief Professor Brendan Drumm.

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Dempsey: HSE bonuses should be reviewed

Dempsey: HSE bonuses should be reviewed

Transport Minister Noel Dempsey has said the contracts that award high bonuses to senior HSE executives should be reviewed.

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Judge tells HSE to 'fulfil its obligations'

A judge has directed the HSE to attend the Children’s Court case of a troubled boy who needs to be placed in a secure therapeutic care facility.

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HSE job cut proposals 'a threat to patient care', say unions

Trade unions have reacted angrily to new HSE plans which could significantly reduce staff numbers in the health service.

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Lives lost due to lack of cross-border hospital co-operation, says study

A new study has warned that lives are being lost on both sides of the border because the two health services are failing to co-operate adequately.

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Protests in Ennis over A&E services

Thousands of people are expected to attend a protest in Ennis, Co. Clare over the centralisation of Accident and Emergency services in the Mid-West.

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HSE board to discuss tensions over appointment

The board of the HSE is meeting this morning to discuss tensions over the appointment of a new national director of operations.

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