Minister Harris Must Go As Scally Report offers A Damning Indictment Of HSE Failures – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, to immediately set out a pathway toward the abolition of the HSE after a litany of failures in its governance structures were identified by the Scally Report into the Cervical Cancer Screening controversy. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the Scally Report found […]

The Man Who Moved The Nation: A Daughter’s Story

‘I wish I was an actor, because if I was an actor, I’d be acting about dying. But I’m not an actor. I am dying. I’m dying from cancer as a result of smoking.’  – Gerry Collins   Those were the words Gerry Collins said in early 2014, moving words which carried across the nation. This was due to […]

Urgent Investment Required In Paediatric Rheumatology – Arthritis Ireland

Urgent investment is needed in paediatric rheumatology services to meet the needs of 1,200 children and young people3 living with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) in Ireland. That’s the message from Arthritis Ireland, which today launched an awareness campaign called #SeeMe as part of National Arthritis Week. The organisation is calling upon the HSE and the Department […]

Ireland Bottom Of The Class When It Comes To Vaping Policy

In direct contrast to their counterparts across the globe, the HSE and other public health campaigners in Ireland do not endorse vaping or provide any information on vaping products to Irish smokers who want to quit. Stop Smoking New Zealand, The American Cancer Society Public Health England, Cancer Research UK and many others have endorsed […]

Ireland Bottom Of The Class When It Comes To Vaping Policy

In direct contrast to their counterparts across the globe, the HSE and other public health campaigners in Ireland do not endorse vaping or provide any information on vaping products to Irish smokers who want to quit. Stop Smoking New Zealand, The American Cancer Society Public Health England, Cancer Research UK and many others have endorsed […]

Irish Red Cross On Standby In Advance Of Adverse Weather Conditions

The Irish Red Cross has been requested by the HSE to identify its vehicle resources – namely road ambulances, off-road ambulances and 4×4 vehicles on a county-by-county basis in advance of the onset of the “Beast from the East”. The charity was also asked to assess its volunteer availability to crew these vehicles. These requests […]

Issues Concerning Older People Must Be A Priority For Government – Older People’s Councils

Around 200 delegates from Older People’s Councils across Ireland have heard that their voices are now even more important than ever as the population of Ireland continues to age at their annual National Convention in the Savoy Hotel in Limerick. Analysis of Census 2016 shows that the numbers aged 65 and older increased by nearly […]

Government Called On To Facilitate Access To Treatment For Children With Muscular Dystrophy

On World Duchenne Awareness Day, Muscular Dystrophy Ireland is expressing disappointment, at the HSE decision not to fund a life changing drug for children with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. This news follows a lengthy assessment process that has spanned almost two years. Richard Lodge, Chief Executive Officer of Muscular Dystrophy Ireland comments “Translarna is specifically for […]

ALONE – Need For Increase In Home Care Budget ’

ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, is calling on the government to increase funding for homecare following the report that 90,000 bed days have been lost in the hospital system so far this year because of delayed discharges.  This is according to HSE figures provided to Fianna Fáil health spokesman Billy Kelleher. […]

ALONE – The Provision Of Quality Home Care Packages For Older People Is A Necessity

 ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, is calling on the government to make homecare a legal right, ensuring that all older people are supported to age in the community.   Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, commented, “The principle of ageing at home, and having the right and ability to do […]

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