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.

State Claims Agency says it is dealing with 90 CervicalCheck legal cases

State Claims Agency says it is dealing with 90 CervicalCheck legal cases

The State Claims Agency is managing 90 cases involving women affected by the CervicalCheck cancer...

National Children’s Hospital: the neverending story

National Children’s Hospital: the neverending story

GPs have called for an investigation into the ‘national scandal’ of a project whose spiralling €1.7 billion budget looks set to suck the entire health service dry of capital funding. Will the government bite the bullet? Don’t hold your breath

Cork University Hospital hires theatre assistants to ease staffing shortages

Cork University Hospital hires theatre assistants to ease staffing shortages

The move is likely to be replicated at other hospitals, as it is believed it can help alleviate waiting lists

Hospital groups to be broken up under draft Sláintecare plan

Hospital groups to be broken up under draft Sláintecare plan

A plan being drawn up by the Sláintecare health reform office headed up by Laura Magahy, as well as senior health officials, will see between five and six regional integrated care organisations (RICOs) established across Ireland

The nursing strike: How we got here

The nursing strike: How we got here

Do we have a serious recruitment and retention crisis in nursing? Are nurses badly underpaid? Here we examine the claims and counterclaims in the current spat

HPRA to raise fees to drug companies by 8%

HPRA to raise fees to drug companies by 8%

The medicines regulator is proposing to increase its fees to veterinary and pharma companies by 8...

O’Brien calls for department to merge with HSE

O’Brien calls for department to merge with HSE

Writing in this newspaper today, O’Brien says it is “extraordinary” that this is still not on the reform agenda, and that it is something which should be prioritised by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

No ‘winter-ready clinics’ opened despite minister’s promise

No ‘winter-ready clinics’ opened despite minister’s promise

The HSE, in response to questions from this newspaper, was unable to identify a single clinic that has been established since Minister for Health Simon Harris announced they would form an integral part of the HSE’s winter plan

The princess and the president

The princess and the president

Mary Robinson has come under fire across the globe, as lawyers, human rights advocates and politicians have accused her of giving political cover to the royal family of Dubai

Children’s hospital in running for the most expensive ever built

Children’s hospital in running for the most expensive ever built

The Minister for Health won’t tell us why we are paying nearly €3 million per bed for the planned hospital. This will result in other projects being delayed or abandoned

Medicines watchdog decries political interference in funding of Pembro

Medicines watchdog decries political interference in funding of Pembro

Pembro, the drug used to treat cervical cancer, is not value for money and there is limited evide...

Maternity hospitals can’t guarantee abortion services will be ready

Maternity hospitals can’t guarantee abortion services will be ready

Dublin’s maternity hospitals are unable to guarantee that they will provide termination of pregnancy services from the beginning of January, as promised by Minister for Health Simon Harris

Doctors sound alarm over January abortion start date

Doctors sound alarm over January abortion start date

The ability of the health service to deliver abortion services on January 1 looks increasingly uncertain

Maternity heads warn abortion planning is inadequate

Maternity heads warn abortion planning is inadequate

The masters of the three Dublin maternity hospitals have warned Minister for Health Simon Harris that the health service is not prepared for the introduction of abortion services in January.

HSE wants Pembro for all women with cervical cancer

HSE wants Pembro for all women with cervical cancer

Professor Michael Barry, who leads the HSE’s Medicines Management Programme, has proposed the introduction of a managed access programme.