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.

Is your consultant really a specialist?

Is your consultant really a specialist?

Patients can no longer assume that consultants have completed specialist training, as the HSE quietly hires doctors to fill top consultant posts at a range of hospitals

HSE warned against using non-specialist doctors as consultants

HSE warned against using non-specialist doctors as consultants

The HSE said 65 non-specialist doctors had been appointed to consultant posts in recent years, but there are concerns the real figure could be higher

GPs seeking Medical Council meeting over complaints process

GPs seeking Medical Council meeting over complaints process

The NAGP is seeking a meeting on concerns over the way the regulator handles complaints against doctors

There is a way to reduce hospital waiting lists

There is a way to reduce hospital waiting lists

We are spending €5,276 each on health, yet Irish healthcare is in crisis. One hospital group shows there is a better way

New study: pharma deal savings overstated by government

New study: pharma deal savings overstated by government

Economist Paul Gorecki has found that the state’s deal with major medicine suppliers will generate just €290m in real savings

Nursing task transfer not being fully implemented

Nursing task transfer not being fully implemented

The IMO said it was 'concerned' about the slow progress

Behold an island of bounty

Behold an island of bounty

Susan Mitchell visits the diverse island of Sri Lanka and discovers a largely unexplored paradise island that offers great food, yoga and more

Radiologists warned HSE about computer system in 2014

Radiologists warned HSE about computer system in 2014

They warned that the system involved “an inevitable reduction in efficiency, efficacy, patient safety, and an increased and undetermined cost”

HSE in dark about foetal anomaly scans

HSE in dark about foetal anomaly scans

Obstetricians have repeatedly expressed concern about the lack of access to ultrasound

Non-disclosure of clinical trial results sees drug firms censured

Non-disclosure of clinical trial results sees drug firms censured

A new study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) has found that many pharmaceutical companies are still far from transparent

Anti-vaccine group Regret is slammed by charities and NGOs

Anti-vaccine group Regret is slammed by charities and NGOs

The group has steadfastly refused to answer questions from this newspaper about its finances

Laya slams HSE chief O’Brien  over ‘psychics’ video doctor tweet

Laya slams HSE chief O’Brien over ‘psychics’ video doctor tweet

O'Brien was critical of GPlive, a video consultation service available exclusively to Laya’s 500,000 customers

Irish patients denied vital medicines by slow drug approval

Irish patients denied vital medicines by slow drug approval

• Patient’s cancer cleared by medicine in US • HSE had sought additional funding for drugs

Government’s commitment to healthcare reform plan unclear

Government’s commitment to healthcare reform plan unclear

The government will miss the first deadlines set in the Future of Healthcare Sláintecare Report....

'Irish drug approvals remain turgid with little transparency'

'Irish drug approvals remain turgid with little transparency'

The knowledge that treatment exists, but isn’t available to you, is likely to become more common, writes Susan Mitchell