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July 2, 2016

EU governments allow politics to dictate healthcare decisions

European Union governments fail to rely enough on scientific evidence in healthcare spending decisions and are sometimes influenced by political factors, World Health Organization (WHO) officials have claimed. The organisation said countries should do a better job of assessing the performance of their healthcare system and sharing that information with other states. {openx:269} It added […]

UK approves national cervical cancer vaccine

The UK Department of Health has decided to use the HPV vaccine Cervarix in its national immunisation programme for 12- and 13-year-olds, which starts this September. It has not yet been confirmed whether the vaccine will be rolled out in Ireland, although the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has written a report outlining its […]

Private Emergency Department opens

The Hermitage Clinic in Lucan has opened an Emergency Department (ED). An initial consultation will cost €120, which the patient will pay up-front, though it will be partly reclaimable. The private hospital has circulated 400 local GPs with details of the service and an average of 20 patients are expected to attend the facility daily, […]

RCSI research initiative to benefit African nations

The RCSI has announced the Ireland-Africa Partnership for Health Research with the goal of reducing child mortality rates, improving maternal health, and controlling HIV/AIDS, malaria and other infectious diseases in Africa. The Partnership links researchers from RCSI, the Centre for Global Health at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), […]

Oslizlok is new IHCA President

A Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist in Crumlin has been elected president of the Irish Hospital Consultants Association. Dr Paul Oslizlok was elected this weekend. Dr Margo Wrigley, Consultant Psychiatrist, Mater Misericordiae Hospital, and Dr John O’Dea, Consultant Anaesthetist, Mid Western Regional Hospital, Limerick, have been elected Vice-Presidents. Dr Donal Murray, Consultant Physician, Sligo General Hospital, is […]

Temple Street home for patients’ families

The FIRST ‘HOME Away from Home’ house for Temple Street Children’s University Hospital which will provide a home for families of sick children opened this week. The ‘Your Home Away From Home’ project was launched in early 2006 to assist Temple Street Children’s Hospital in purchasing a house on Fontenoy Street in Dublin 7 for […]

Cancer-sniffing dogs cloned in South Korea

A South Korean biotech company has unveiled four Labrador retriever puppies it said were cloned from a Japanese dog skilled at sniffing out patients with cancer, Reuters news agency reported. RNL Bio, which is affiliated with the South Korean lab that produced the world’s first cloned canine, said the puppies were born three weeks ago […]

HIV screening dilemma shows Catch-22 situation

The future of HIV screening services rests in a Catch-22 situation: to encourage more people with sexual health concerns to avail of testing without swamping an ‘already-stretched’ system, says the chairman of the Education and Prevention Sub-Committee on HIV and AIDS. Dr Nazih Eldin told Irish Medical Times that screening services should be fitted to […]

New measures needed to counter counterfeits

Pharmaceutical industry leaders across the EU have called for new measures to tackle the growing threat of counterfeit medicines. The measures include a ban on medicine repackaging, a standard EU system of identifying medicines, and heavier penalties for trafficking in counterfeit medicines. More than four million counterfeit medicine articles were seized at EU borders in […]

North West loses medical cards

The former North Western Health Board region has lost thousands of medical card holders from its lists in the space of a month, despite every other region gaining them. The most up to date figures show that, between 1 May and 1 June this year, Donegal lost 1,236 patients from its full medical card lists, […]

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