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E-cigarette firm says HSE should promote vaping as way to quit

E-cigarette firm says HSE should promote vaping as way to quit

A Public Health England e-cigarette evidence review published in February found that vaping poses only a small fraction of the risks of smoking, and that switching completely from smoking to vaping conveys substantial health benefits

The memo and all the unasked questions

The memo and all the unasked questions

Everyone’s asking where accountability should lie for this crisis. But much of the confusion could have been avoided if Harris and his officials had done their homework properly

Ireland’s systems failure

Ireland’s systems failure

The story of how an individual scandal became an institutional crisis

From denying and defending everything to open disclosure

From denying and defending everything to open disclosure

The government has promised it will compel doctors to come clean. What does the experience of other countries tell us about whether this will work?

Managers at HSE flag only half of all serious incidents

Managers at HSE flag only half of all serious incidents

There is a national incident management reporting system, under which health managers are supposed to record any serious incidents within 30 days

Varadkar orders overhaul of ‘adversarial’ state medical negligence claims system

Varadkar orders overhaul of ‘adversarial’ state medical negligence claims system

The existing claims environment is widely regarded as too lengthy, too confrontational and too expensive

‘End the gossip’: McCafferty calls for body of Lovett baby to be exhumed

‘End the gossip’: McCafferty calls for body of Lovett baby to be exhumed

Ann Lovett died aged 15 on January 31, 1984, after giving birth to a stillborn baby boy at a church grotto in Granard, Co Longford

'Governance left the room a very long time ago'

'Governance left the room a very long time ago'

For the last seven days, the country has watched the unravelling of what appeared to be one of the good pieces of the Irish public health system

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

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

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)

Dr Robert O'Connor: Screening saves lives, but is not infallible

Dr Robert O'Connor: Screening saves lives, but is not infallible

Dr Robert O’Connor of the Irish Cancer Society: 'We must continue to strive for improvement when it comes to tests such as smears'

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