Documents released to IMN under Freedom of Information have revealed that the Dublin maternity hospitals are under unprecedented pressure.
Space at one of Dublin’s busiest emergency departments remains a “key constraint” in meeting the six-hour patient turnaround target set by the HSE, IMN has learned.
The recently appointed Primary Care Minister has said that a new GP contract may be discussed with GPs once agreement has been reached in relation to free GP care for children under-six and the over-70s.
Discussions are continuing to take place between health service management and the IMO on implementing the recommendations contained in the recent MacCraith report concerning the recruitment and retention of consultants.
The possibility of introducing a nominal fee for health services in the delivery of universal free GP care has been under discussion within the Department of Health in the past, IMN can reveal.
The most prominent change in the recent Cabinet reshuffle was the appointment of Minister Leo Varadkar as Health Minister, meaning the former Transport and Tourism Minister, will now have the pleasure of dealing with fiascos around medical cards rather than over-hyped country and western singers.
A decline in the use of blood and platelets has had a serious impact on the income of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS), according to its latest annual report.
The diabetes clinic at St Vincent’s University Hospital (SVUH) in Dublin has been forced to extend its routine annual review of uncomplicated type 2 diabetic patients to 18 months due to a number of pressures on the service, IMN has learned.
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