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 week. Dr. Colm Henry Speaking on” Challenges and solutions: patient... 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, HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre and Kevin Kelleher, Director,... 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 – which the Executive has received from the Department of Health to finance... 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 for services to older people, €9 million to acute hospitals, €1.5... 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 the plan will be on day cases and will focus on key specialties with... 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 of an increasing elderly population, our inability to recruit sufficient... 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 has mainly concentrated on patient safety and efficiency, which could... 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 Dublin, had been a Girl Guide herself, and decided to go along... 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 is very insightful, writes Conor Hannaway. Conor Hannaway A lot of surveys... Read More

Reducing medication error for children

Moninne Howlett, Chief II Pharmacist (Informatics) describes a project to reduce medication error to critically ill children, for which she and Cormac Breatnach, Consultant Paediatric Intensivist, both of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin received a special commendation from the judges at this year’s HMI Leaders Award. Moninne Howlett The project – one of the six finalists in the award – is titled “Creation and Implementation... Read More

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