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HSE to be restructured into regional boards

HSE to be restructured into regional boards

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, is set to bring proposals to Cabinet on Wednesday.

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HSE to withhold 2019 projects budget until August

The HSE’s budget plan for its biggest projects this year has been delayed again and will not now be published until the start of August, due in part to the surging spend on the children’s hospital.

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Closure of Dundalk respite centre would see clients travelling across country for care

A campaign is gathering momentum across Louth over the closure of a respite centre that has been operating in Dundalk for 23 years.

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Records centre break-in led to medical files being found on the street, HSE admits

A number of other letters and files were also found in separate incidents over a number of weeks.

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Trolley crisis: 456 patients waiting for beds in Irish hospitals today

It is an increase of over 100 on yesterday's number.

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New HSE chief: Improving frontline services my priority

Paul Reid said that his primary objective is to look at frontline services and he will be taking a detailed look at how all managers can support frontline staff.

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Complete system of reporting on services needed in all Irish hospitals, Prof says

Professor Anthony Staines of the Department of Nursing and Human Sciences in DCU has called for a more complete system of reporting on services in the health system.

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Concerns raised over HSE overspend of 'several hundred million' by year-end

Fianna Fáil has raised concerns that the HSE will have overspent by “several hundred million” by year-end after the health minister revealed that it had run up a revenue deficit of more than €116m by the end of April.

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Another elder care support set to be restricted as number of transitional care beds capped

A second service for the elderly has been restricted following a decision by the HSE to cap the number of transitional care beds (TCBs) it funds for patients waiting for a place in a nursing home or convalescent home.

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Hospitals deployed official ‘last resort’ status 1,600 times this year

The most drastic action or “last resort” available to hospitals when dealing with emergency department (ED) overcrowding has already been deployed 1,600 times this year.

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Key priority of new HSE board is restoring public trust, says chief

The head of the new board of the HSE says “the challenge” will be to ensure they deliver the best healthcare for the money available.

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New board established to oversee functions of HSE in bid to rebuild public trust

The Governance structure at the HSE has been overhauled in a bid to rebuild public trust in the service.

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HSE chief 'accepts' demand for home supports cannot be met under existing budgets

The director general of the HSE said he “accepts” that they do not have a big enough budget to meet the demand for home support services.

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New boss says HSE will break even in 2019 despite €103m deficit in March

The new boss of the HSE has said it will break even this year despite it having a €103 million deficit at the end of March.

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Health workers defer next week's strike; will resume talks Monday

It follows two days of talks at the Workplace Relations Commission between Siptu and the HSE, which will resume on Monday.

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Minister reluctant to pay the HSE support staff in case it sparks other pay claims

The Finance Minister has said if the money was there to pay HSE support staff they would do it.

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Drug harm-reduction campaign for music festivals

The HSE is to roll out a drug harm-reduction campaign for fans at music events — starting with the Body & Soul festival this weekend.

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Finance Minister 'has no credibility' says union as Donohoe calls for efforts to avoid strike action

Responding to comments made by the Minister on RTÉ Radio's Morning Ireland calling for both sides to resolve the issue in either the Labour Court or the Workplace Relations Commission, Mr Bell said that the Labour Court was not appropriate.

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Thousands face surgery cancellations as 10,000 healthcare workers to strike tomorrow

Thousands of patients could have surgeries cancelled tomorrow as up to 10,000 healthcare workers go on strike.

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10,000 health service staff to strike on Thursday

Health services are to be severely disrupted on Thursday - with 10,000 staff to strike.

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HSE was ordered to keep €198m debt off books

The Government has been accused of trying to spin the HSE’s funding crisis by “massaging” official figures, after it emerged that the Department of Health ordered senior managers to keep a €198m debt off its books last year.

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Post-rehab in Cork facility opens after 12 years

Refurbished B&B sat idle because of funds dispute

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Days after hospital files found in park, another patient claims hers was recently found outside flats

A woman being treated for cancer has become the latest victim of a spate of dumped medical files in Co. Donegal.

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HSE curbs home help service: Wanted- Money for vital helpers

Do governments and corporations have niche departments charged with inventing new, impressive names for jobs that sound humdrum in a boring, 20th century kind of way?

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Sinn Féin says Harris should apologise for outpatient waiting lists

Sinn Féin says the Health Minister needs to apologise over the latest outpatient waiting list figures.

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No completion date for probe into murder suspect priest

A HSE investigation into the activities of a US priest at the centre of the Netflix true crime documentary The Keepers has now been running for two years.

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Second consultants' letter underlined concerns at Waterford morgue

Four consultants at the centre of the Waterford hospital morgue crisis had warned, in a second letter in March, they may have to cancel services to the hospital over its morgue scandal.

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'A strange story': Taoiseach says 'no evidence' to support Waterford mortuary claims

The Taoiseach says there's no evidence dead bodies were left rotting in hallways in University Hospital Waterford.

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‘Cynics’ dictate delivery of health service

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, and not the Department of Health, is dictating the delivery of healthcare in Ireland, according to the outgoing president of the Irish Medical Organisation.

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Call to rerun FAST stroke symptoms ad campaign

The head of the National Stroke Programme has called for the rerunning of a hard-hitting advertising campaign that led to a major increase in the number of stroke victims who got to hospital in time for potentially lifesaving treatment.

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HSE spent €28m on taxis last year

The HSE spent over €76,000 on taxis every day last year.

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HSE and Tusla ‘failing children with disabilities’

Both the HSE and Tusla are still falling short when it comes to ensuring adequate services and supports for children with disabilities in the care of the State — a year after a critical report highlighted inadequacies in one particular case.

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Alan Kelly: HSE recruitment freeze ‘complete madness’

A three-month recruitment and overtime freeze ordered in the health services has been deemed “complete madness” at a time when there are already massive staff shortages.

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Paul Reid appointed as new HSE Director General

The current chief executive of Fingal County Council takes over following the departure of Tony O'Brien last year.

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HSE spent €1.2bn on biologic medicines

More than €1.2bn has been spent by the HSE in reimbursing biologic medicines over the last three years with just over €2.2m spent on more affordable biosimilar medicines, it has emerged.

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HSE spend over €1 billion reimbursing biologic medicines over the last three years

More than €1.2 billion has been spent by the HSE in reimbursing biologic medicines over the last three years with just over €2.2m on more affordable biosimilar medicines, it has emerged.

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Cystic Fibrosis Ireland calls on Govt to confirm funding for Beaumont Hospital unit

Dublin City Council has given full planning permission for the three-storey unit that aims to provide 20 patient rooms for 160 adults.

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Grieving families 'pushing for answers' after HSE refuses access to report on baby deaths at hospital

The HSE has refused to disclose the outcome of a process set up to determine accountability regarding a number of avoidable baby deaths at Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise.

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University Hospital Limerick has 76 patients waiting on trolleys - just four shy of worst ever tally

The two other worst-hit hospitals were Cork University Hospital that had 41 patients waiting and University Hospital Galway that had 34.

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More cases of mumps so far in 2019 than all of last year

The latest weekly report from the HSE has found there's been 593 cases of mumps so far.

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Hospital overrun led the HSE to change capital plan

The HSE was forced to “very substantially” change its capital plan for this year, because of the national children’s hospital costs crisis, officials have confirmed

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Over half a million people waiting for outpatient appointments

The Department of Health says it has fallen behind on targets to reduce waiting lists in the first two months of the year.

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HPV vaccine uptake rises to 70%

The HSE has confirmed that the uptake rate for the (Human papillomavirus) HPV vaccine is at 70%, as HSE vaccination teams return to secondary schools to administer the second dose to first year girls.

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'I have the peace of mind I longed for': Philomena Canning 'vindicated' by HSE settlement

Terminally ill midwife Philomena Canning has said she feels vindicated after her legal action against the HSE was settled over the weekend.

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'Somebody is going to die untreated in Ireland': Families protest for Spinraza drug to be made available

Anton Mannering from SMA Ireland was with a number of families who pleaded with politicians to make Spinraza available for around 25 children with the muscle-wasting disease, spinal muscular atrophy.

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Cork mother in tearful plea for son as HSE called on to fund life-changing drug

Cork mother in tearful plea for son as HSE called on to fund life-changing drug

A mother pleaded with politicians from all parties in the Dáil to fund a potentially life-changing therapy for her young son.

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Midwife wants HSE settlement linked to life-prolonging drug

The HSE has offered to settle a legal action being taken by terminally-ill midwife Philomena Canning, but she has insisted that the settlement be linked to access to the cancer drug Pembro.

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Uncomfortable parallels with Brigid McCole case must unsettle Fine Gael

Two words that haunted Fine Gael for many years were uttered in the Dáil yesterday by Solidary TD Ruth Coppinger. Brigid McCole

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Vacant Kerry hospital site set for revamp

The site of St Finan’s hospital in Killarney, Co Kerry, a landmark listed Victorian building overlooking the town, is to be transformed under a plan to create social housing and a community nursing unit.

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Fears that HSE have 'exhausted' funds for new drugs

15 new medicines have already been approved which would benefit 3,000 patients.

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HSE board to include members with medical background

Planned legislation on the make-up of the new Health Service Executive Board will be changed to include members with a medical background.

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Details allegedly leaked of woman who had abortion

Health Minister Simon Harris has ordered an investigation into allegations that the personal information of a woman who had an abortion earlier this week was leaked.

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HSE outlines details of expected disruption ahead of nurses' strike

It has begun outlining details of expected disruption to services during the first of six 24-hour nationwide work stoppages by more than 35,000 nurses.

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Autism service ‘confused’ after HSE pulls link

A support service provider is “confused and disappointed” after its arrangement with a Cork-based organisation for people with autism was pulled by the HSE — a decision that has left members concerned.

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Ambulance workers’ strike - HSE right to hold the line

Well-organised unions are, or were, a positive part of Ireland’s economic evolution. Today the influence of unions is, effectively, confined to the public sector. Far too many private sector workers are denied meaningful representation.

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Fergus Finlay and former GAA President among eight people appointed to new board of HSE

The board will operate on an administrative basis only until legislation officially creating it is passed.

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HSE defends installation of biohazard bins in Cork

There are plans to hire a second needle exchange worker in the city this year to encourage intravenous drug users to engage with addiction services.

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Stephen Donnelly urges Health Minister to act to avert ambulance strike

The Health Minister and HSE are being urged to intervene to avert an ambulance strike scheduled for Tuesday.

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Uncertainty over funding ‘frustrated’ HSE’s winter planning

Preparation of a winter plan for dealing with hospital overcrowding was placed in difficulty amid uncertainty over how much funding would be available, according to internal HSE documents.

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Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath wants pay hike for hospital consultants

Hospital consultants who can earn up to €250,000 a year will have to be paid more if vacant positions are to be filled, according to Fianna Fáil’s finance spokesman Michael McGrath.

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