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.

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'

Doctor rejected top job in row over financial governance

Doctor rejected top job in row over financial governance

National Association of General Practionioners says all concerns have been fully addressed

No GP: coming soon  to a town near you

No GP: coming soon to a town near you

A care-in-the-community healthcare model won’t work if family doctors aren’t getting what they need

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