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February 12, 2016

Intervention could mean Potter’s Syndrome is no longer incurable, conference hears

A groundbreaking intervention could mean Potter’s syndrome is no longer a terminal condition, a conference at the RCSI has heard.

HIQA seeks most effective cervical cancer screening method

HIQA is to conduct a health technology assessment (HTA) to determine whether human papillomavirus (HPV) testing is the optimum primary screening test for the prevention of cervical cancer in Ireland, with the results of the research expected at the end of the year.

Liaison Officers ‘must approve drugs’ for fertility treatments

The Department of Health is commissioning an evidence review of international public funding models. Although in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment is not provided by the Irish public health service, there is some support available in that patients who access IVF treatment privately may claim tax relief on the costs involved under the tax relief for […]

350 tax cases currently ‘live’

The Revenue Commissioners’ programme of compliance work in relation to the tax affairs of medical consultants was originally largely Dublin-centred, but subsequently extended nationally. The total yield was €23,053,506 last year and €15,974,717 in 2014, a total of €39,028,222. These national figures include tax, interest and penalties.

HRB starts review on minor ailment scheme

Talks are under way on a pilot project that would see a minor ailment scheme introduced here, IMT reports.

Union: ‘Unprecedented health crisis’

The IMO has warned that the incoming Government is facing unprecedented crisis in the public health services.

SF pledges 6,600 more ‘frontline’ staff

Sinn Féin has proposed to recruit more than 6,600 health frontline staff in its first five years in Government.

Hospitals move to Activity-Based Funding

Moves to abolish and replace the HSE are under way, Gary Culliton reports. New reforms will see hospitals converting to Activity-Based Funding in 2016.

Influenza activity high, nine confirmed deaths

Most indicators of influenza activity in Ireland continued to increase during week 4, 2016 (week ending January 31, 2016), with activity at high levels, while reports of hospitalisations and intensive care unit admissions have continued to increase, Irish Medical Times reports.

Diabetes due to rise 60%

In the past, care for diabetes patients was suboptimal, fragmented and not integrated, an ICGP meeting has heard. Some 10 per cent of the Irish healthcare budget — €1.35 billion annually — is spent on diabetes.

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