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October 10, 2015

Group urged to ease occupancy rates

A number of high risks, including legionella and the “unacceptable lack of shower heads in some patient areas”, were identified during an unannounced inspection at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, the composite of which presented an immediate high risk finding.

Beaumont performs well in hygiene audit

Beaumont Hospital performed well in an unannounced HIQA inspection visit on August 12, with a high standard of environmental hygiene demonstrated in most areas, according to a new hospital hygiene report published by the Authority last week.

Voluntary industry ‘code of practice’ aims to tackle obesity

A voluntary code of practice for food marketing, promotion and sponsorship will be developed by a working group appointed by Health Minister Dr Leo Varadkar.

Irish heart failure study recognised in Canadian medical guidelines

The results of a groundbreaking Irish study led by The Heartbeat Trust, which defined an innovative way to prevent heart failure (HF), have been recognised as being important to standard medical care in new Canadian guidelines.

Some block budgets to end in January

Next January will be an important milestone in the ‘money follows the patient’ process when block budgets for inpatient and day case activity will be converted into Activity-Based Funding (ABF) allocations for the first time, the Minister for Health has indicated.

€2.7m worth of drugs ‘out of date’

High-tech medicines worth €2.7 million — out of total stock valued at €45 million — had gone out of date at pharmacists at the end of last year. However, this “probably understates” the actual level of wastage of high-tech drugs occurring in a year, the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) has said.

RCSI-Bahrain accreditation raised with the UNHCR

A human rights NGO run by Irish lawyers has submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) that Ireland may be in breach of international law, owing to the Irish Medical Council’s (IMC) decision last December to grant RCSI-Medical University in Bahrain (RCSI-MUB) accreditation.

GP trainee applications for 2016 are now open

The ICGP has advised that applications for the 2016 intake of GP trainees will open this month.

Letterkenny flood report held-off

The long-awaited report into the flooding at Letterkenny General on August 5, 2014, which left the hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) off call for three hours, despite measures to prevent a recurrence following an earlier deluge in 2013, has been delayed owing to legal considerations, IMT reports.

Full maternity units need 5,000 births each year

Maternity units must have a critical mass of 4,000-5,000 births annually to support the full range of services required to deliver quality care while also maintaining the skills of health professionals, an Oireachtas Committee has heard.

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