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Leopardstown Park Hospital received EcoMerit Cert St. Francis Hospice Wins Top Award Image Business Woman Of The Year Award Deadline for HTA participation Minister spells out work of National Patient Safety Office Masters in Human Factors in Patient Safety Graduates all offered permanent jobs Hospitals fined for target breaches Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit Attracting European... Read More

How the Influenza Vaccine Works

Influenza is an acute respiratory infection which can be asymptomatic or symptomatic with sudden onset of symptoms such as fever, a dry cough, muscle pains, headache, and sore throat. In most cases the illness is self-limiting but in certain risk groups it can be severe and even fatal, write Drs. Lois O’Connor EPIET Fellow, Joan O’Donnell, Specialist in Public Health Medicine,... Read More

Has HSE got more or less money this year?

You still need to keep your wits about you to work out from the 2017 HSE National Service Plan if the budget received by the HSE to fund health and social services in 2017 is an increase or a decrease on last year, writes Maureen Browne. The good news about the 2017 HSE National Service Plan is that, it is easy to discover the amount of money – €13,948.5 million –... Read More

How the HSE will spend its 2017 budget

The HSE will spend €81.3 million expanding and developing services this year, writes Maureen Browne. Of this, €20 million will go to the Primary Care Reimbursement Service, €15 million will go to mental health (as part of the plan that will be funded at €35 million for the full year), €12 million will go to primary care, €11.8 million to disability services, €10 million... Read More

Risks To Successful Delivery of NSP

There are a number of risks to the successful delivery of NSP 2017, according to HSE Director General, Tony O’Brien. Maureen Browne reports. Tony O’Brien He said that while every effort would be made to manage these risks, it might not be possible to eliminate them in full and they might impact on planned levels of service delivery or achievement of targeted performance. He... Read More

NTPF to use private hospitals for longest waiters

Health Minister Simon Harris said the National Treatment Purchase Fund is to use private acute hospitals to provide treatment for patients waiting longest on inpatient and daycase waiting lists, writes Maureen Browne. Simon Harris T.D. This month, the NTPF issued tender documents to all private hospitals that have expressed an interest in providing treatment. The initial focus of... Read More

Leaders Need To Make Equity A Priority

The development of the quality movement in healthcare is recent, and can be traced to the IOM report Crossing the Quality Challenge. The IOM defined quality of healthcare in terms of six domains. These are safety efficiency, effective care, timely care, person care and equitable care, writes Dr. Peter Lachman. Dr. Peter Lachman Over the past 16 years the pursuit of quality care... Read More

Guiding for Ireland

Thirteen years ago, Carol O’Brady’s eight year old daughter, Aoife, was excitedly preparing to join the Brownies, the section of the Irish Girl Guides for 7-10 year olds, writes Maureen Browne. Carol O’Brady Carol, who is Medicines Information Manager at Tallaght Hospital, Dublin and Clinical Lecturer, at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, at Trinity College... Read More

A Plan for Success, GSK’s approach

In early January the leadership team in GSK comes together to develop the organisation’s goals, which reflect the specific opportunities and challenges for 2017. In the last three years, GSK’s strategy has helped us win in challenging conditions by changing our new operating model and using this to drive competitive advantage, writes Aidan Lynch, Vice-President and General... Read More

Unlocking the secrets of staff surveys

An earlier article discussed how staff surveys can be very useful tools to understand the opinions of staff and to give everyone an opportunity to express their views. It emphasised however that a proper analysis of the results of the survey is essential to identify the real meaning behind the data. In this regard, exploring possible causal links between different pieces of data... Read More