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December 18, 2014

€1m NTPF surplus to reduce endoscopy lists

The Department of Health is to provide the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) surplus of €1 million to reduce increasing endoscopy waiting lists, IMT has learned.

HSE DG urges staff to blow the whistle on abuse

THE Director General of the HSE has urged all HSE staff to blow the whistle “without fear or favour” on any instances of misconduct, disrespect, or abuse they witness towards residents, clients, patients or service users.

€1m for the new HSE policy on abuse

The HSE has secured additional funding of €1 million to implement its new national policy on the protection of vulnerable people from abuse.

Evidence for a proactive approach to diabetic macular oedema (DME)

In the face of a rising global prevalence of diabetes and a younger age at diagnosis, a collaborative, proactive approach to diabetic macular oedema (DME) is required, the recent 2014 EURETINA congress was told.

Financial abuse much higher than previously envisaged

The true level of financial abuse suffered by older people in Ireland is likely to be significantly higher than first thought, according to a new study by the National Centre for the Protection of Older People (NCPOP) in UCD.

Some jam needed on top of bread and butter work

Dear Editor, I wish to take some issue with my good colleague, Dr Ruairi Hanley, in his November 28 column (‘From majority pay issues to minor ailments’).

A second glance is needed for reliability on OECD figures

Dear Editor, The OECD has just released the 2014 version of its annual ‘Health at a Glance’ document, which compares health data from all the European countries

No changes in mortality rates after trainee hours reform

An examination of the effect of resident duty hour reforms in 2011 finds no significant change in mortality or readmission rates for hospitalised patients or outcomes for general surgery patients, according to two studies in the December 10 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on medical education.

Take ‘Time’ to solve case of vanishing magazines

A cohort study from New Zealand has suggested GPs should consider stocking their waiting rooms with old copies of The Economist and Time magazine in order to prevent the removal of magazines and thus reduce practice costs.

Farewell to a ‘mighty’ politician and man

Killarney GP Dr Gary Stack pays his own tribute to the late Jackie Healy-Rae, and describes how health issues affecting the Kerry people have always been to the forefront of his, and his son’s, political priorities.

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