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.
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).
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.
“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.
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.
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…)