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September 17, 2014

HSE wants €80m finance system

Finance reform is the highest non-clinical priority of the HSE, with the current systems making it difficult to get a single definitive view of the cash-strapped organisation’s financial position, IMT reports.

Process under way to fill Group CEO posts

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has approved an increase in the salary for Hospital Group chief executives to €140,000.

Alcohol-free lodgings on rise

The number of students opting for alcohol-free accommodation at UCC has increased fourfold this year, from just six to 24.

Psychological harm associated with accidental awareness

Spontaneous reporting of accidental awareness while under general anaesthesia (AAGA) occurs in about one in every 19,000 cases, a major new study conducted in Ireland has found.

Report shows calls for sex abuse inquiry persist

Calls for an inquiry into allegations of sexual abuse by a former hospital consultant are persisting, the briefing materials prepared by the Department of Health for new Minister Dr Leo Varadkar reveal.

HSE purchasing cancer service from Beacon

The HSE is now purchasing radiation therapy from the private sector for Dublin cancer patients.

IHF backs €30m fund for obesity and food poverty

The Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) has called for a €30 million Children’s Future Health Fund to tackle child obesity and food poverty, in its pre-budget submission.

HSE careers day arranged in response to brain drain

The HSE, the Forum of Irish Postgraduate Medical Training Bodies and the Medical Council have come together to host a free careers advice day for medical interns and students next week, which they hope can go some way towards arresting the brain drain amongst “Ireland’s youngest and brightest” doctors.

Further decline in number insured

There were 2,017,000 people insured with inpatient health insurance plans at the end of June 2014 — a decrease in the number of insured people of 11,000 over the quarter and 41,000 over the year.

Health Minister appoints new Secretary General

The Minister for Health has announced the appointment of highly regarded and talented civil servant Jim Breslin as new Secretary General (SG) of the Department of Health.

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