Susan Mitchell

Susan Mitchell

Susan Mitchell is Health Editor of The Sunday Business Post. A native of Dublin, Mitchell has won numerous awards for her coverage of Ireland’s healthcare system. Her stories have led to several national policy changes. Mitchell holds a BA from UCD and a postgraduate diploma in business studies from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.

HSE’s efforts to replace Tony O’Brien collapse

HSE’s efforts to replace Tony O’Brien collapse

John Connaghan, interim director-general of the HSE, has told senior staff that he will remain in the post longer than expected and into 2019. Connaghan did not apply for the permanent job

Forget the soundbites, focus on the core of what O’Brien said

Forget the soundbites, focus on the core of what O’Brien said

Politics still holds sway over policy when it comes to our healthcare system

Ex-HSE chief: Harris is a weak minister, the PAC is a ‘kangaroo court’

Ex-HSE chief: Harris is a weak minister, the PAC is a ‘kangaroo court’

O’Brien says health minister behaved like ‘a frightened little boy’; Recent budget provided ‘no meaningful money’ for healthcare reform

Bruised, battered but unbowed

Bruised, battered but unbowed

Last May, Tony O’Brien resigned as head of the HSE over the CervicalCheck controversy. Stung by what he feels was unfair treatment, he calls for a ‘sense of decorum and fairness’ to ‘return to Irish political life and the mainstream media’

Doctors say scope of Cervical Check report was too limited

Doctors say scope of Cervical Check report was too limited

Doctors have hit out at the failure to provide key information concerning the 221 women affected ...

CervicalCheck review is shunned

CervicalCheck review is shunned

Fewer than a quarter of the 221 women affected by the CervicalCheck controversy have consented to participate in the major review into their care instigated by the government

When will the HSE come clean on the facts?

When will the HSE come clean on the facts?

CervicalCheck omnishambles is clouded by misinformation

Budget allocates more than €17bn to health sector

Budget allocates more than €17bn to health sector

This represents a significant €1.695 billion increase on the initial funding commitment for 2018

HSE agrees to new contract with cervical screening lab

HSE agrees to new contract with cervical screening lab

A deal was reached last week with Quest, with the health service agreeing to underwrite some medical negligence costs that may arise in future under the CervicalCheck programme

Patients left without proper health cover, warn 18 private hospitals

Patients left without proper health cover, warn 18 private hospitals

The Private Hospitals Association has warned that increasing numbers of patients are realising too late that their cover falls short of the standard required

Brexit: Harmful to your health

Brexit: Harmful to your health

Cross-border services, freedom of movement: the ramifications of Brexit for these and other issues seem certain to turn parts of the Irish healthcare system upside-down

State offers to cover some negligence bills for cervical labs

State offers to cover some negligence bills for cervical labs

Latest move is intended to stop private laboratories from quitting the cervical screening programme

OECD, Eurostat data differ on Irish health spend

OECD, Eurostat data differ on Irish health spend

Reports suggesting Ireland’s per capita spending on health is one of the highest in the EU-15 a...

HSE hired consultants to progress existing report, but won’t say why

HSE hired consultants to progress existing report, but won’t say why

Management consultants from EY were engaged to progress recommendations to improve training and working conditions for hospital doctors made by a working group chaired by DCU president Brian MacCraith

RCOG tight-lipped on details of CervicalCheck audit

RCOG tight-lipped on details of CervicalCheck audit

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has been asked to examine the screening histories of 'approximately 1,850 women who developed cervical cancer and who were screened by the National Cervical Screening Programme before their diagnosis'