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Lack of balance in debate over smear test crisis

Lack of balance in debate over smear test crisis

Politicians, solicitors and the media are only adding to the CervicalCheck confusion

BreastCheck screening programme under threat

BreastCheck screening programme under threat

Spectre of legal action mounts while doctors threaten to resign from service

HSE, nuns in talks to settle abuse claims against jailed medic Shine

HSE, nuns in talks to settle abuse claims against jailed medic Shine

Welfare of thousands at stake in health workers' pay row

Welfare of thousands at stake in health workers' pay row

The work of ‘section 39’ workers, who provide a vast array of services in the community and to people with disability, mental health challenges and patients in hospices, is often ignored or overlooked in the general conversation about the health service

Politicians need to own up to their failings on health

Politicians need to own up to their failings on health

Blaming the HSE for everything lets politicians off the hook. Is it possible to name one significant health initiative that was the brainchild of this government?

Quotas needed to end gender divide in civil service – report

Quotas needed to end gender divide in civil service – report

There are just two women compared with 11 male secretaries general of government departments

Plan to introduce HPV cervical screening is delayed by six months

Plan to introduce HPV cervical screening is delayed by six months

The Department of Health has been informed of the timeline, which is longer than that promised by health minister Simon Harris

Hospital spending on drugs climbs by €115 million  in just four years

Hospital spending on drugs climbs by €115 million in just four years

Spending on medical and surgical supplies increased from €337 million to €401 million over the same four-year period

Biogen asks why Ireland won’t fund new spinal muscular atrophy drug

Biogen asks why Ireland won’t fund new spinal muscular atrophy drug

Biogen is also urgently calling on the HSE to reform the appraisal process for orphan medicines to treat rare diseases, arguing that there is a need for a greater degree of flexibility for these assessments

Judicial review of Holles Street inquiry to be heard this week

Judicial review of Holles Street inquiry to be heard this week

Health minister Simon Harris instructed healthcare regulator Hiqa to carry out a statutory investigation following the death of Malak Thawley, who died at the hospital in 2016. She died during surgery for an ectopic pregnancy

Taxpayers’ liability for clinical claims skyrockets to €1.98 billion

Taxpayers’ liability for clinical claims skyrockets to €1.98 billion

The State Claims Agency (SCA) said that maternity services claims comprised €1.4 billion, or 70 per cent of the total estimated outstanding clinical claims liability at the end of 2017

Health panel chair: Government ‘slowly strangling’ Sláintecare

Health panel chair: Government ‘slowly strangling’ Sláintecare

Independent Clare TD Dr Michael Harty, said that over 400 days after the publication of the Sláintecare report, the government had shown no desire to implement the radical blueprint

Nurses’ union threatens ballot over new staff grade

Nurses’ union threatens ballot over new staff grade

Hospital management wants to enable healthcare assistants (HCAs) to work as operating theatre assistants

Ireland’s EU drug-buying partnership secures first deal

Ireland’s EU drug-buying partnership secures first deal

The drug which the partnership agreed to fund is called Spinraza, which is used to treat Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Irish trial of cancer drug used by Vicky Phelan  ruled out

Irish trial of cancer drug used by Vicky Phelan ruled out

The manufacturer of the experimental drug that cancer sufferer Vicky Phelan is using has no plans to fund a drug trial in Ireland