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.

GPs advised to limit early abortions to nine weeks

GPs advised to limit early abortions to nine weeks

Irish College of General Practitioners issues guidelines

Paying prices we can ill afford

Paying prices we can ill afford

Medicines for Ireland claims policies on biosimilar products prevent taxpayers from gaining €25 million in savings on vital medicines

Report claims Sláintecare is a ‘missed opportunity’

Report claims Sláintecare is a ‘missed opportunity’

Unpublished evaluation warns that HSE proposal would not provide true universal healthcare

Legal costs in Mhic Mhathúna case estimated at €700,000

Legal costs in Mhic Mhathúna case estimated at €700,000

Terminal cancer victim’s action against HSE and US laboratory was settled for €7.5 million

Department of Health won’t pay for cancer drug used by Phelan

Department of Health won’t pay for cancer drug used by Phelan

Phelan, who exposed the CervicalCheck controversy earlier this year, received Pembro, which is manufactured by MSD. It is one of a handful of promising treatments that unleash a person’s own immune system to attack cancer cells

How not to  handle a health crisis

How not to handle a health crisis

From doctors not informing patients of test results to the state’s rash offer of repeat tests, many errors have been made in the CervicalCheck scandal

Lack of balance in debate over smear test crisis

Lack of balance in debate over smear test crisis

Politicians, solicitors and the media are only adding to the CervicalCheck confusion

BreastCheck screening programme under threat

BreastCheck screening programme under threat

Spectre of legal action mounts while doctors threaten to resign from service

Plan to introduce HPV cervical screening is delayed by six months

Plan to introduce HPV cervical screening is delayed by six months

The Department of Health has been informed of the timeline, which is longer than that promised by health minister Simon Harris

Hospital spending on drugs climbs by €115 million  in just four years

Hospital spending on drugs climbs by €115 million in just four years

Spending on medical and surgical supplies increased from €337 million to €401 million over the same four-year period

Biogen asks why Ireland won’t fund new spinal muscular atrophy drug

Biogen asks why Ireland won’t fund new spinal muscular atrophy drug

Biogen is also urgently calling on the HSE to reform the appraisal process for orphan medicines to treat rare diseases, arguing that there is a need for a greater degree of flexibility for these assessments

Judicial review of Holles Street inquiry to be heard this week

Judicial review of Holles Street inquiry to be heard this week

Health minister Simon Harris instructed healthcare regulator Hiqa to carry out a statutory investigation following the death of Malak Thawley, who died at the hospital in 2016. She died during surgery for an ectopic pregnancy

Politicians need to own up to their failings on health

Politicians need to own up to their failings on health

Blaming the HSE for everything lets politicians off the hook. Is it possible to name one significant health initiative that was the brainchild of this government?

Taxpayers’ liability for clinical claims skyrockets to €1.98 billion

Taxpayers’ liability for clinical claims skyrockets to €1.98 billion

The State Claims Agency (SCA) said that maternity services claims comprised €1.4 billion, or 70 per cent of the total estimated outstanding clinical claims liability at the end of 2017

Nurses’ union threatens ballot over new staff grade

Nurses’ union threatens ballot over new staff grade

Hospital management wants to enable healthcare assistants (HCAs) to work as operating theatre assistants