Here is column from Medical Independent from 5 March on implications of paying for Soliris.
This HSE decision to cover Soliris, one of the most expensive drugs in the world, under the public health schemes, raises important ethical considerations. This drug, which costs €430,000 per person per year, will now be available to about seven patients with a very rare blood disorder. (more…)
Column from the Irish Independent on 3 March 2015
So what would it take for Ireland to be the best little country in the world to be healthy in?
For a start, it would take all of us being more healthy, not just exercising more but eating less processed food and more home-cooked, fresh food; drinking much less alcohol; not smoking; looking after our mental health; being more caring of ourselves and each other. (more…)
My column from the Medical Independent on 19 February 2015
Extensive overcrowding in emergency departments and in our public hospitals continues to dominate the public and political radar in the early weeks and months of 2015. It is evident that there are continued high numbers on trolleys and in delayed discharges. (more…)
From the Irish Independent on 13 February 2015
What is the Fair Deal?
It is the Nursing Home Support Scheme (NHSS) which funds residential nursing home care for older people. It is administered by the HSE. Latest figures show there were 22,618 people funded under this scheme in November 2014. People can choose public, private or voluntary nursing homes under the NHSS. (more…)
A column from the Irish Independent on 27 January 2015.
On the same day that news broke of another investigation into deficiencies in care in a maternity unit in an Irish hospital – including the deaths of two newborn babies – health ministers Leo Varadkar and Kathleen Lynch launched their ‘priority areas’. (more…)