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.

Ireland’s EU drug-buying partnership secures first deal

Ireland’s EU drug-buying partnership secures first deal

The drug which the partnership agreed to fund is called Spinraza, which is used to treat Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Irish trial of cancer drug used by Vicky Phelan  ruled out

Irish trial of cancer drug used by Vicky Phelan ruled out

The manufacturer of the experimental drug that cancer sufferer Vicky Phelan is using has no plans to fund a drug trial in Ireland

Access Denied

Access Denied

Cancer treatments that mobilise the sufferer’s immune system to fight the disease have dramatically altered the odds for some patients in recent years. But who will be able to access them –and at what cost to the state?

Department holds exclusive contract talks with IMO

Department holds exclusive contract talks with IMO

The Department of Health has held exclusive contract talks with the Irish Medical Organisation in...

Boylan ‘concerned’ by delays in establishing new company to run maternity hospital

Boylan ‘concerned’ by delays in establishing new company to run maternity hospital

The chairman of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has expressed serious concern o...

New consultants to earn €42k less than colleagues

New consultants to earn €42k less than colleagues

Consultants employed before 2012 will earn up to €200k in new deal that excludes newer recruits; Settlement reached last week will add €62m to the consultants’ pay bill annually

Group wants end to €30k minimum salary rule for asylum seekers

Group wants end to €30k minimum salary rule for asylum seekers

The Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland (MASI) has called for asylum seekers to be allowed to w...

Regulator cannot stop boxing association booking unlicensed medical care provider

Regulator cannot stop boxing association booking unlicensed medical care provider

The news comes after an inquest into the death of mixed martial arts fighter João Carvalho exposed the weak legislation governing pre-hospital emergency care

Susan Mitchell: How self-interest  kills off health reform

Susan Mitchell: How self-interest kills off health reform

A pilot scheme to examine operating theatre assistants promised by Leo Varadkar as health minister never even got off the ground

Autism charity blames ‘negative media attention’ for fall in donations

Autism charity blames ‘negative media attention’ for fall in donations

In 2016, parents of autistic children criticised the lack of detail provided in the charity’s accounts as well as cuts in supports

Most GPs favour opt-in abortion service – poll

Most GPs favour opt-in abortion service – poll

A poll carried out by GP Buddy found that 70 per cent of the 880 GPs who responded said they did not intend to provide abortion services

REVEALED: State hired investigators to spy on hospital consultants

REVEALED: State hired investigators to spy on hospital consultants

‚óŹ Surveillance was authorised by three government departments; State says massive pay claim could reach €700 million

HSE fails to publish basic performance report

HSE fails to publish basic performance report

In 2017, it began publishing quarterly reports, but the last published report was for July-September 2017. The HSE was unable to clarify why publication of these reports has been so badly delayed

Abortion: What happens now?

Abortion: What happens now?

A range of issues will have to be resolved before abortion is introduced, from whether an ultrasound will be obligatory to the role of GPs and whether foeticide will be permitted in certain circumstances

Decisions must be made on foeticide, say doctors

Decisions must be made on foeticide, say doctors

Under the scheme published by the government, all babies must be delivered after they have reached viability at 23 or 24 weeks, whereas other countries do not have gestational limits in cases of fatal foetal abnormality