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.

Hospital wait lists worsen by 60 per cent

Hospital wait lists worsen by 60 per cent

In December 2016, there were 84,316 people waiting longer than 12 months on the outpatient waiting list. By November 2017, that figure had increased by 60 per cent to 134,637.

Nearly all of Sláintecare health reforms still to be implemented by government

Nearly all of Sláintecare health reforms still to be implemented by government

Just one has been implemented, and all associated timelines have been breached

HSE’s quit smoking ad to be shown across New York

HSE’s quit smoking ad to be shown across New York

Award winner to air as part of public health campaign in the city and entire state HSE says over 11,600 people have signed up to personalised quit plans in wake of the initiative

Purpose-built community for dementia sufferers to open in Limerick

Purpose-built community for dementia sufferers to open in Limerick

Called CareBright Community, it is situated on a four-acre site and will contain three individual bungalows that will each house six people

No-one should be surprised by the scandals in our radiology service

No-one should be surprised by the scandals in our radiology service

Overwhelmed radiology departments that have a dangerous reliance on temporary doctors form the background to a series of incidents of misdiagnoses, including the latest one at Kerry University Hospital

Roche proposes novel pricing plan for new drugs

Roche proposes novel pricing plan for new drugs

The manufacturer's proposed model is similar to that used in other European countries, where patients get access to new medicines while prices are being negotiated

Hiring concerns continue as hospitals fail to attract more than one candidate for posts

Hiring concerns continue as hospitals fail to attract more than one candidate for posts

12 hospitals provided comprehensive figures showing that 15 posts advertised out of 88 received one applicant or none at all

Free GP care for under-12s stalled

Free GP care for under-12s stalled

The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) and the National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP) say nothing has been tabled to them on expanding free GP care from the under-sixes to older age groups

Are we on the cusp of a cancer care revolution?

Are we on the cusp of a cancer care revolution?

Recent developments in cancer therapy have been called transformational, but they are often very expensive, and some doctors caution against over-estimating their potential benefits

Doctors file protected disclosure against colleague

Doctors file protected disclosure against colleague

Concerns highlighted include one case where woman showed signs of sepsis before dying

Crackdown on consultant hours after RTÉ exposé

Crackdown on consultant hours after RTÉ exposé

The secretary general of the Department of Health wrote to HSE director general Tony O’Brien after serious issues were highlighted in a recent RTÉ Investigates programme

Harris advised to implement Portlaoise hospital plan

Harris advised to implement Portlaoise hospital plan

Department of Health officials ramp up pressure on minister

Playing catch-up with vaccine compensation

Playing catch-up with vaccine compensation

Ireland is an anomaly when it comes to caring for the very small number of patients who are adversely affected by vaccines

HSE bucks global trend and reverses fall in cervical cancer vaccine uptake

HSE bucks global trend and reverses fall in cervical cancer vaccine uptake

The latest vaccine figures will come as a relief to doctors and other healthcare professionals who had expressed serious concern about successive drops in recent years

HSE to fund Respreeza for six months

HSE to fund Respreeza for six months

HSE says tactics of drug supplier not in patients’ ‘best interests’