President’s message

Welcome to 2017 HMI President, Lucy Nugent Welcome to the first edition of Health Manager 2017– a year during which the world will face new beginnings – President Trump’s inauguration and Teresa May’s “hard Brexit” all of which have economic implications for us as a country and which we watch from afar. In the area of health, we await the appointments of key leadership... Read More

News from around your health services

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

Ireland delivering better, safer health outcomes

When people criticised the Irish health services they should be told that we were delivering better and safer outcomes than 10 years ago, to an increased population, a significantly increased elderly population, with more complex cases and less capacity, Dr. Colm Henry, National Clinical Advisor, Acute Hospitals told a meeting of the HMI South in the Erinville Hospital, Cork, last... 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

Ní hé lá na gaoithe lá na scolb (A windy day is not a day for thatching)

The period over Christmas into the New Year was a quiet time for news at home and abroad. When post holiday activity resumed on the January 3, the trolley ‘crisis’ in our hospitals became the big news story and the main political controversy. It soon became clear that this good crisis was not going to be wasted! Denis Doherty An outbreak of flu, the Norovirus, the growing demands... 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