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From here to maternity

Posted in Uncategorized by saraburke on June 11, 2015

Recent Medical Independent column from 11 June 2015 on the urgent need for change in maternity services.

For anyone interested in learning how our health system fails people, there is no greater lesson than listening to testimonies at the Oireachtas Health Committee from parents whose babies died in Portlaoise.

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We are failing when people aged 102 are left on trolleys

Posted in Uncategorized by saraburke on June 10, 2015

Analysis from the Irish Independent on 10 June 2015 on ED over-crowding

Nine weeks after the publication of the Emergency Department Task Force Action Plan and nine years after then-health minister Mary Harney declared A&E overcrowding a ‘national emergency’, some of our oldest citizens are being exposed to ‘forms of torture’ in this country’s Emergency Departments (EDs).
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Kenny’s promises on mental health were pure guff

Posted in Uncategorized by saraburke on June 5, 2015

Analysis from Irish Independent on 5 June 2015.

Mental health “is so central and so sensitive to our communities that it deserves the very best from the Government and that it shall have”. These were the words of An Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the opening of a Console counselling service in Mayo in 2012.

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The eHealth of the nation

Posted in Uncategorized by saraburke on May 28, 2015

“To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.” So said Oscar Wilde in 1895. The phrase jumped to mind as the Government recently lost its second Government-wide Chief Information Officer in less than two years.

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Varadkar and O’Brien’s biggest test: to deliver safe maternity services

Posted in Cathal McGee, Charlie Flanagan, Garry Courtney, Leo Varadkar, Tony O'Brien by saraburke on May 16, 2015

My analysis of Portlaoise HIQA report in the Irish Independent on 16 May 2015
Five babies died in Portlaoise Hospital between 2006 and 2013. The maternity unit was unsafe, with insufficient frontline clinical staff, under-resourced to cope with the complexity of care required. Had lessons been learnt from previous HSE inquiries into Portlaoise and Hiqa reviews into Ennis and Mallow hospitals between 2007 and 2010, babies’ lives could have been saved.

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Life-time community rating is a quick fix but not a solution

Posted in Uncategorized by saraburke on May 14, 2015

The private insurance push demonstrates that the Government has no intention of ensuring fairer access to healthcare. See here for Medical Independent column on 15 May 2015.
In classic Department of Health newspeak, so-called ‘lifetime community rating’ means the opposite to the very principle of community rating. Up to 1 May 2015, Ireland’s private health insurance system operated under a system of ‘community rating’, whereby everybody was charged the same premium for a health insurance plan, irrespective of their age, gender or health status. (more…)

Radiology debacle shows good-quality healthcare costs, but poor care costs more

Posted in Uncategorized by saraburke on May 1, 2015

From the Irish Independent on 1 May 2015

On the same day that news broke of three separate reviews of radiology services in three small regional hospitals, the Irish Independent can reveal that a number of patients have had a cancer diagnosis following their recall after an initial colonoscopy test in Wexford General Hospital. And hundreds more patients from Wexford hospital are being recalled for a retest. (more…)

HSE and HIQA must ensure it’s safe to give birth in all Irish maternity units

Posted in Uncategorized by saraburke on March 31, 2015

Op ed from the Irish Independent on 31 March 2015 on the ugly spat between HIQA and the HSE  (more…)

James Reilly cannily rages against the tobacco machine

Posted in Uncategorized by saraburke on March 24, 2015

Here is op ed from Irish Independent on 24 March 2015 his plain packaging crusade.

James Reilly is pioneering a crusade in Europe against the tobacco industry through the introduction of plain packaging for cigarette packets in Ireland. (more…)

Government’s life-time community rating is propping up the two-tier health system that they promised to dismantle

Posted in Uncategorized by saraburke on March 13, 2015

Column from Irish Independent on 13 March 2015

The central plank of this Government’s ‘democratic revolution’ for health was to develop a ‘universal, single-tiered health service, which guarantees access based on need, not income’. This was to be achieved by giving free GP care for all by early 2016 and rolling out universal health insurance in 2016. (more…)

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