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Free GP care for under-sixes adds to A&E delays

Tuesday 19th January 2016 - Paul Cullen - The Irish Times

The number of children under six being referred to hospitals has jumped sharply since the Government brought in free GP care for them last year. This has added to increased delays in emergency departments. The State’s biggest children’s hospital, Our Lady’s hospital in Crumlin, h... Read more →

Most pharmacies have experienced crime

Monday 18th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Around three in four pharmacies in Ireland have experienced some type of crime, with almost one in five of these crimes described as ‘violent', a new survey has found. According to the Irish Pharmacy Union's (IPU) Crime Survey 2015, 74% of pharmacies have experienced some form of crime, inclu... Read more →

It is not too late to get flu vaccine

Monday 18th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, is urging all health workers and other people at risk to get the flu vaccine. According to the Minister, it is not too late to get vaccinated and there are 250,000 doses of the vaccine in storage ready to be used. Last week, the Health Protection Surveillance... Read more →

Many teens unprepared for first period

Monday 18th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Many Irish teenagers feel unprepared or confused about their first period, a new survey has found. Over 750 females took part and the survey revealed that almost one in three teenagers aged between 15 and 17 were ‘confused when they got their first period', while almost half felt that they we... Read more →

Irish scientists in psoriasis breakthrough

Friday 15th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Irish scientists have made a breakthrough which could lead to the development of new therapies to treat the skin condition, psoriasis. Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition, which appears as pink or red raised patches on the skin. These patches, which are known as plaques, have a well-defined... Read more →

Women urged not to fear smear tests

Friday 15th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

An estimated 110,000 women have never attended for a smear test despite the fact that it only takes about five minutes and is free of charge, the Marie Keating Foundation has said. It has launched a new campaign, ‘Don't Fear the Smear', with the aim of encouraging all those in the relevant ag... Read more →

ICS chief executive to take €10,000 pay cut

Friday 15th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The chief executive of the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) has decided to take a pay cut as part of the charity's efforts to provide financial assistance to the families of children with cancer. Earlier this week, the ICS announced that it was closing its Financial Support Programme, which helps cancer ... Read more →

Work begins on new mental hospital

Thursday 14th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The new National Forensic Mental Health Service (NFMHS) Hospital, which will replace the Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum, should be completed by the end of 2018, the Department of Health has said. This week, the Minister for Mental Health, Social Care and Primary Care, Kathleen Lynch, turned the... Read more →

Safety warning after charger causes fire

Thursday 14th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Members of the public are being warned to be careful when buying and using electrical products, after a charger left on a bed overheated and caused a fire in an apartment in Dublin recently. The charger overheated and burst into flames, causing extensive damage to the apartment in Islandbridge. "E... Read more →

First National Physical Activity Plan launched

Thursday 14th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Ireland's first ever National Physical Activity Plan has been launched by the Government. It aims to get an extra 50,000 people taking regular exercise every year for the next 10 years. The plan was launched by four Government ministers, including the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, and the Mini... Read more →