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 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.
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.
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.
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.
High-tech medicines worth €2.7 million — out of total stock valued at €45 million — had gone out of date at pharmacists at the end of last year.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.
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.
The ICGP has advised that applications for the 2016 intake of GP trainees will open this month.
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.
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.