Fewer nurses caring for more patients increases likelihood of death, see here for column from Medical Independent from 21 March 2014. (more…)
Over eight years on from the launch of the primary care strategy, there are 222 teams in place. They are where 90-95% of health care needs can be met and Brendan Drumm’s pet project. So what do these teams actually do? Do they really exist? And how widespread are they? (more…)
As the Green party team are deep in negotiation with Fianna Fáil over a new Programme for Government, one of their policy demands is a one tiered universal health system. What on earth are they at?
The policy demand of a one tiered universal health system was part of the leaked ‘early draft of a discussion document’ to the media. They are v cross about the leak. The Green party are refusing to comment on any content of the negotiations, as they don’t want to discuss deliberations in public. But they are not denying that it is in there either and referred me back to their health policy document. So what are the implications of this demand? (more…)
This item was also covered on yesterday’s Drivetime:
This summer was certainly not silly season for health service managers. Between the pharmacy dispute and the flu pandemic, there was no down time for many in the HSE and the Dept of Health. Not to mention the withdrawal of acute and cancer services from Monaghan and Sligo hospitals.
From my perspective, so far it has been well managed. From the beginning there has been, regular, very good, public communication from Dept of Health’s CMO Tony Hollohan and more recently from the HSE’s, Director and Assistant Director of Public Health, Pat Doorley and Kevin Kelleher.
They have each got better with their media communications giving clear information in a non panicky manner about how to prevent and deal with the flu, on sending the kids back to school, giving sensitive information on the deaths to date. (more…)