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 warns of consultant pay hike if private care removed

HSE warns of consultant pay hike if private care removed

In a written submission to a group examining the impact of removing private practice from public hospitals, the HSE warned that removing private practice could have a negative impact on the standard of care provided to patients

Majority of GP practices closed to new patients

Majority of GP practices closed to new patients

64 per cent of GP practices refusing new applicants; entire towns bereft of vital medical services

Doctor No: A tipping point?

Doctor No: A tipping point?

Clogged out-of-hours services, practices closed to new patients, two-week waits: the acute GP shortage medics have warned about for years has finally arrived

Questions remain on 12-week abortion window

Questions remain on 12-week abortion window

The cabinet agreed last week to hold a referendum asking voters to repeal the Eighth Amendment

The bitterest pill: A profile of the abortion pill

The bitterest pill: A profile of the abortion pill

A miraculous fix or a deadly assassin?

Departing HSE chief: An outspoken public servant

Departing HSE chief: An outspoken public servant

Tony O’Brien, who will not renew his term of office beyond the end of summer 2018, has been outspoken about the challenges facing the health service

Stop downplaying hospital waiting times

Stop downplaying hospital waiting times

Claims that waiting lists are improving are not supported by the data and overall trends, but ever-changing targets facilitate such lame assertions by politicians and the Department of Health

New head of GP group quits before taking up post

New head of GP group quits before taking up post

Williams tight-lipped on move, but had raised questions on governance of NAGP

Report slams Console boss Kelly for ‘deliberate abuse’ of charity funds

Report slams Console boss Kelly for ‘deliberate abuse’ of charity funds

Charity’s liquidator finds credit card bills of almost €500,000 included charges for groceries, clothes and foreign trips

Rugby star Trimble stands by scandal-rocked Oxfam

Rugby star Trimble stands by scandal-rocked Oxfam

Last week, Oxfam International ambassadors including Hollywood star Minnie Driver and Archbishop Desmond Tutu quit their roles amid the Haiti sex scandal

Regulator says it can’t stop unlicensed paramedic firms

Regulator says it can’t stop unlicensed paramedic firms

The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) said the system of registration of licensed pre-hospital care providers was a voluntary one

Move to block Holles St using state funds in Harris legal row

Move to block Holles St using state funds in Harris legal row

Hiqa has sought an additional €328,242 for third investigation of the hospital; regulator warned Minister for Health that Holles Street investigation was unnecessary

A cure for poor prescribing: Medical bodies challenge Barry’s comments

A cure for poor prescribing: Medical bodies challenge Barry’s comments

Last week’s column by the head of the state medicines watchdog, Professor Michael Barry, has sparked a vigorous debate among medical professionals on the issue of prescriptions

Harris hopes EU link-up will drive down drug prices

Harris hopes EU link-up will drive down drug prices

It is understood that Harris will ask the government to approve his intention to formally signal Ireland’s interest in joining an existing collaboration between four countries on drug pricing and supply

Watchdog slams pharma firms sway over doctors

Watchdog slams pharma firms sway over doctors

‘Doctors are unlikely to hear unbiased information’ from industry, says Professor Michael Barry