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.

HSE refuses to disclose smear test quality data

HSE refuses to disclose smear test quality data

This newspaper has - for the past two weeks - asked the HSE whether it insisted that the labs it contracted to examine cervical cytology slides spent a minimum amount of time on the initial interpretation of each slide

US healthcare provider to probe smear test scandal lab

US healthcare provider to probe smear test scandal lab

The lab at the centre of Ireland’s cervical cancer crisis is being reviewed by a large healthca...

Screen test

Screen test

The cancer screening controversy has parallels with a crisis that rocked the British NHS 17 years ago – but it is being handled very differently

Fear. Confusion. Personal tragedies

Fear. Confusion. Personal tragedies

It is two weeks since the cervical screening debacle came to light. We examine the fallout and the politics of the cervical cancer crisis

Ireland’s systems failure

Ireland’s systems failure

The story of how an individual scandal became an institutional crisis

Varadkar orders overhaul of ‘adversarial’ state medical negligence claims system

Varadkar orders overhaul of ‘adversarial’ state medical negligence claims system

The existing claims environment is widely regarded as too lengthy, too confrontational and too expensive

Cancer screening: Assurances on quality are desperately needed

Cancer screening: Assurances on quality are desperately needed

Some 162 women were not informed that their original cervical cancer screening test had been misread. The failure to tell women, or their families, the truth raises obvious questions around the duty of candour in the health service

Susan Mitchell: The dumbing down of Irish healthcare

Susan Mitchell: The dumbing down of Irish healthcare

The HSE struggles to retain doctors trained here. Meanwhile, competency exams are being waived and doctors working as consultants have not finished specialist training

Over 25% of GPs who qualified with Varadkar have emigrated or quit

Over 25% of GPs who qualified with Varadkar have emigrated or quit

Figures based on a survey carried out by a council member of the National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP)

Claims, Counter Claims and the 8th Amendment

Claims, Counter Claims and the 8th Amendment

As the abortion referendum approaches, the debate is likely to intensify around certain hotly-disputed claims made by campaigners. Here we clarify the facts

Warning as some foreign doctors avoid Irish exams

Warning as some foreign doctors avoid Irish exams

Doctors who qualified in Sudan, Malaysia and Pakistan no longer have to sit clinical exams in Ireland before they start work

Anti-repeal medic objected to ‘life at risk’ abortion guidelines

Anti-repeal medic objected to ‘life at risk’ abortion guidelines

Professor Eamon McGuinness is a spokesman for the Save the 8th campaign

Exclusive: One in seven medical consultants has not completed specialist training

Exclusive: One in seven medical consultants has not completed specialist training

Figures provided by the Medical Council show that 650 active medical consultants - out of 4,373 - said they were not on its specialist register in 2015

Billion dollar orphans

Billion dollar orphans

They’re the drugs that combat the rarest of diseases. But they’re so specialised that their price tags are increasingly putting them out of reach. How much longer will Irish patients continue to miss out on such medicines?

Medicines watchdog warns against ‘extraordinary’ FF proposal

Medicines watchdog warns against ‘extraordinary’ FF proposal

Professor Michael Barry said a bill proposed by Fianna Fáil, which aims to fast-track patient access to orphan drugs, would 'compromise the ability of the HSE to contain drug expenditure'