Decline in use of blood and platelets has serious impact on IBTS income


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.



Medicine on a large scale

Cork GP Dr John Sheehan speaks to NIAMH CAHILL about his recent election  as Fianna Fáil Councillor for the Cork North Central electoral area.


Holles St move may be delayed


The new National Maternity Hospital at St Vincent’s University Hospital campus, Dublin may not be built by 2018, as initially advised by Government.



Pressures on SVUH diabetes clinic


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.



Under-six GP Bill changes defeated in Seanad


A number of further amendments to the Health (General Practitioner) Bill 2014 proposed by Senator John Crown have failed to gain support in the Seanad.



GPs unimpressed by over-70s GP visit card move


Several GPs have expressed concern at Government plans to provide free GP visit cards for the over-70s.



Minister must engage with IHCA – Crotty


The IHCA has said that the new Health Minister Leo Varadkar must engage with the Association to address the consultant recruitment crisis.



Lifetime Community Rating introduced


Health Minister James Reilly has announced that he has signed into law a new measure to encourage people to take out private health insurance at a younger age.



GP training places filled but problems remain


The ICGP has managed to fill the remaining five places on the 2014 GP training schemes following a second phase of recruitment.



EDITORIAL: The end is nigh

James Reilly's difficult tenure may be nearing its end




OECD report "misleading" - IHCA

The IHCA has said that the OECD Health Statistics 2014 report is misleading as it does not provide an accurate like for like comparison between Irish-based consultants and their foreign counterparts and it underestimates the salaries paid to consultants in other countries.



GP under-6 Bill passed this summer


The Dáil has passed the Health (General Practitioner Service) Bill 2014, with the legislation to be enacted before this month’s summer recess.


GPs in favour of new health minister

Almost 75 per cent of GPs think that An Taoiseach Enda Kenny should remove James Reilly from his position as Health Minister in the upcoming Cabinet reshuffle.


HIQA questions Executive on emergency departments

HIQA was forced to write to the HSE a second time earlier this year on the issue of emergency department (ED) overcrowding, after previous correspondence received from the Executive on the matter was deemed inadequate.



Decline in breast screening attendances

BreastCheck, the National Breast Screening Programme, has announced its concern about a drop in women attending breast cancer screening.


WHO Director General addresses inaugural meeting of Healthy Ireland Council


Health Minister James Reilly recently hosted a visit to Dublin by Dr Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organisation.



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