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New system introduced for diabetes patients

The HSE has implemented the international reference measurement system HbA1c for diabetes, to identify those at greater risk of developing complications and to assess the effectiveness of care.

Technology to pinpoint need for invasive tests

With innovative technology, it may be possible to screen for stomach and colon cancer and identify patients who need more invasive tests such as colonoscopy, noted Prof Colm Ó Moráin when he delivered the 50th Graves Lecture hosted by the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland last week.

‘Phoney war’ on shortage

The Chairman of the IMO NCHD Committee has described recent predictions of an impending crisis in NCHD numbers as a ‘phoney war’.

Faster consultant access needed

It is because of expected reductions in applications for NCHD posts – and not because of budgetary challenges – that the HSE is seeking “reductions in tiered on-call and improved cross-cover arrangements”, Health Minister Harney has claimed.

Five hospitals are targeted by NTPF

Greater efforts could be made to cut waiting times of over 12 months at five hospitals across the country, according to the Chief Executive of the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF).

Psychiatrists reply to ‘speculation’ on risks

The training body for psychiatrists in this country has said that there is ‘no evidence’ of a link existing between antidepressant use and homicide, and that research has failed to establish a causal link between the use of these medications and suicide.

‘New crisis’ from NCHD cuts

The IHCA is to meet the HSE at the end of the month to discuss the implications of a planned 900 drop in NCHD posts across the health service this July, which the Association has described as a ‘new and unnecessary crisis in the Irish health system’.