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May 28, 2016

Supportive care for metastatic breast cancer ‘not yet available’

Irish experts have called for an increased focus on metastatic breast cancer at the Dublin launch of a new report on the disease, reports Gary Culliton.

Claims money taken from mental health spend rejected

Discussions are under way in the Department of Health on a planned review of the ‘Vision for Change’ strategy. Gary Culliton examines where the additional cash for mental health services was spent in recent years.

Exclusive: ICGP CEO resigns to join RCSI

ICGP CEO Kieran Ryan has resigned from the College to take up the post of Managing Director of Surgical Affairs at the RCSI.

Injecting positivity into NEGs debate

The newly appointed Director of the ICGP’s NEGs Committee has taken up her post at a challenging time for young GPs, with more than 10 per cent saying they definitely plan to emigrate on completion of their specialist training.

NCCP says ICS/ICGP cancer report is ‘flawed’

The National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) has said it is “disappointed” with some aspects of the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) report on ‘Access to Diagnostics Used to Detect Cancer’.

Bringing Westport to the world through YouTube

Danielle Barron talks to Mayo GP Dr Oliver Whyte about how a discussion surrounding the tragic last train to Achill led the 72-year-old to become a YouTube sensation, with more than one million views

Hospitals chosen for nurse staffing pilot

Beaumont, Drogheda and Loughlinstown Hospitals have been chosen as the three sites to pilot a radical new method to calculate nurse staffing levels in hospitals, reports Dara Gantly.

Problems in our hospitals all come down to just one thing — capacity

Lloyd Mudiwa examines the long-running issue of capacity in Irish hospitals from the point of view of the medical practitioners at the coal face of healthcare delivery.

Doing the best with what you have

Outdated infrastructure continues to hamper hospitals’ efforts to improve hygiene standards according to HIQA’s latest report, but the regulator maintains that proactive management programmes must be maintained to deal with the facilities in their current state. Niamh Mullen reports.

Shared standards for maternity care

HIQA has developed its first set of service-specific national standards for Safer Better Maternity Services, which aim to standardise care across the country. Niamh Mullen reports.

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