Susan Mitchell

Susan Mitchell

Susan Mitchell is Deputy 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.

The state’s grossly unfair drugs policy is enough to make you sick

The state’s grossly unfair drugs policy is enough to make you sick

The government response to the CervicalCheck debacle means patients can only access the latest drugs if they have the ‘right’ illness

Chief medical officer expected to clarify smear test advice

Chief medical officer expected to clarify smear test advice

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan is expected to be called before the Oireachtas health commi...

Private patients get cancer drugs denied to public for first time

Private patients get cancer drugs denied to public for first time

Oncologist John Crown says the move is ‘unprecedented’ and calls on Minister for Health to ‘extend the opportunity of treatment to all patients’

Chief medical officer didn’t back Harris’s free smear test offer

Chief medical officer didn’t back Harris’s free smear test offer

Revelation likely to ratchet up pressure on beleaguered minister

Harris faces interrogation on free smear test offer

Harris faces interrogation on free smear test offer

The Minister for Health has been accused of incompetence and of having a panicked reaction to the CervicalCheck crisis. Sparks may fly when he appears before the health committee this week

Former clinical director of CervicalCheck said she had concerns about decision to offer an additional smear test from the outset

Former clinical director of CervicalCheck said she had concerns about decision to offer an additional smear test from the outset

Dr Grainne Flannelly's submission to the Oireachtas Committee on Health represents the first time that she has made any public comment since her high-profile resignation last year

Fingal’s Paul Reid to head up €16 billion HSE

Fingal’s Paul Reid to head up €16 billion HSE

Reid is county manager of Fingal County Council and previously worked as a senior official in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

CervicalCheck lab gives private patients results in weeks while public patients wait for months

CervicalCheck lab gives private patients results in weeks while public patients wait for months

Women paying privately for cervical smear tests are receiving their results within two to three weeks from the same laboratory that is taking up to seven months to get results back to public patients

Sláintecare team wanted to get out of ‘troubled’ Department of Health

Sláintecare team wanted to get out of ‘troubled’ Department of Health

The government’s health reform team asked to be moved out of the Department of Health, due to c...

The unhealthy truth about Ireland’s drugs deficit

The unhealthy truth about Ireland’s drugs deficit

Irish patients have access to fewer new medicines than those in other EU countries – and they wait longer to get them

HSE interim chief in running for €300k director general role

HSE interim chief in running for €300k director general role

The HSE’s interim chief Anne O’Connor is among those shortlisted for the director general job...

Sláintecare strategy: show us the money

Sláintecare strategy: show us the money

Two years after it was conceived as an idea, we have an action plan for reform of the health system. Many critics say this is too little too late, with suspiciously little detail on where the funding is to come from for the ten-year plan

No GP at one in five primary care centres

No GP at one in five primary care centres

‘Shocking’ figures show little progress made in planned Sláintecare reform programme

Women-only professorships could exclude trans people

Women-only professorships could exclude trans people

A spokesperson for junior education minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor said 'no decision had been made' as to whether the positions would be open to transgender applicants

Skin Deep: the rise of cosmeceuticals

Skin Deep: the rise of cosmeceuticals

With skincare brands making ever more ‘scientific’ claims about the anti-ageing benefits of their products, where does the truth lie? Susan Mitchell investigates