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.

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

Did MMA pro have fighting chance in disputed bout?

Did MMA pro have fighting chance in disputed bout?

The inquest into the death of João Carvalho, following his fight at the National Boxing Stadium in Dublin in April 2016, revealed how safety warnings were ignored

Mosque leaders condoning ‘criminal’ act, says obstetricians’ institute

Mosque leaders condoning ‘criminal’ act, says obstetricians’ institute

The institute called on doctors who used Clonskeagh mosque in Dublin to 'speak out' and distance themselves from a statement that the mosque issued on Friday about female circumcision

Hooked: Ireland’s hidden addiction to prescription drugs

Hooked: Ireland’s hidden addiction to prescription drugs

From anti-depressants to sedatives, from painkillers to sleeping pills, the use of prescription medication is spiralling

How Ireland got hooked on prescription drugs

How Ireland got hooked on prescription drugs

Prescriptions for addictive painkillers up 1,000 per cent in a decade; one in ten medical card holders on sedatives, sleeping pills

Chiropractors appeal to minister over proposed X-ray regulations

Chiropractors appeal to minister over proposed X-ray regulations

The Chiropractic Association of Ireland has urged the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, to amend the impending legislation to allow them to work in the same way as their colleagues in Britain

Belfast hospital says business from Republic is ‘exploding’

Belfast hospital says business from Republic is ‘exploding’

EU healthcare directive has led to tenfold rise in patients accessing treatment in the North; HSE reimbursal of cost of procedures encourages growing number to avoid waiting lists at home

GPs may slash late night services following ballot

GPs may slash late night services following ballot

The NAGP has expressed patient safety concerns over the associated long hours worked by GPs

Susan Mitchell: If the HSE had shareholders, they would revolt

Susan Mitchell: If the HSE had shareholders, they would revolt

The government and the Health Service Executive are misleading the public about budget shortfalls that run into hundreds of millions of euro

Department of Health spends €1.48m on external researchers

Department of Health spends €1.48m on external researchers

The highest amount the department paid out (as of October) in 2017 was for a contract awarded to the RPS Group for help in drawing up a report on the consultation process on a new National Drugs Strategy

Era of ‘super drugs’ piling pressure on health budget

Era of ‘super drugs’ piling pressure on health budget

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has warned that high-priced innovative medicines and hospital drug spend, primarily in the the oncology area, will be key drivers of future financial pressures

Taking a knife to the health service

Taking a knife to the health service

Why is health reform so unattainable? And ultimately, what needs to be done?

INMO disputes claim by hospital boss that it is inflating ‘trolley watch’ figures

INMO disputes claim by hospital boss that it is inflating ‘trolley watch’ figures

Chief executive of Cork University Hospital says nurses’ union figures misleading and unhelpful l Says more beds won’t solve overcrowding issue

Good news stories from the health service

Good news stories from the health service

Yes, it’s bad - but it’s not all bad. Amid the ongoing failures in our health service, there have also been some notable successes. Here, we look at some of the positive developments that happened in 2017