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  • Charlie Gard to die in hospice after court approves plan

    27 July 2017 16:20 1

    Terminally ill boy will have life-support removed shortly after move from London hospital Britain’s High Court judge has approved a plan which will see Charlie Gard “inevitably” die shortly after being moved to a hospice and having life-support treatment withdrawn. Mr Justice Nicolas Francis had set a timetable to govern the final period of the little

  • Medical care delayed for 21 infants after referrals sent by fax

    27 July 2017 07:56 3

    An investigation has found there was a delay in 21 infants receiving medical care last year - after their referrals were sent by fax. The review for 2016 was carried out by the Ombudsman for Children across some 2,000 hospitals. Fax and post are used for referrals throughout the country, with just 20% of referrals taking place electronically

  • Beer in off-licences and supermarkets looks set to get a lot more expensive

    26 July 2017 17:15

    A bag of cans might be about to get a price hike... Taoiseach Leo Varadkar wants to stop the sale of very cheap alcohol in Irish supermarkets and off-licences. An introduction of minimum unit pricing looks set to be brought in with the new Public Health Bill as Varadkar looks to tackle people drinking in excess. He said that alcohol is a drug and warned

  • Sperm counts in the West plunge by 60pc in 40 years as 'modern life' damages men's health

    25 July 2017 21:05

    Pesticides, hormone-disrupting chemicals, diet, stress, smoking and obesity have all been suggested as possible reasons behind the dramatic declines but experts say more research is urgently needed Pesticides, hormone-disrupting chemicals, diet, stress, smoking and obesity have all been “plausibly associated” with the problem, which is associated with a range

  • Parents of ill British infant abandon effort to prolong his life

    24 July 2017 23:41 10

    LONDON — The parents of Charlie Gard, the chronically ill British infant whose plight drew attention from Pope Francis and President Trump, on Monday gave up their wrenching legal effort to artificially prolong his life. The said they were bowing to the consensus of medical experts who said there was no realistic chance of saving the 11-month-old infant

  • 'Poor Charlie. It is too late. The damage has been done.' Charlie Gard's parents finally give up fight to save their 11-month-old boy as they blame Great Ormond Street doctors for not letting him fly to US in January

    24 July 2017 13:59

    Charlie Gard will be allowed to die after his parents today made the heartbreaking decision to let him 'slip away' - but said he could have been saved with earlier treatment. Chris Gard and Connie Yates arrived at the High Court in tears as they ended a campaign to save his life that has touched millions around the world. They have battled for six months

  • 'Sorry we couldn't save you' says Charlie Gard's mum as court fight ends

    24 July 2017 13:55

    Charlie Gard's parents have ended their legal fight over treatment for the terminally-ill baby. Chris Gard and Connie Yates announced their decision as a High Court judge was preparing to oversee the latest round of a five-month legal battle. Mr Justice Francis had been scheduled to analyse what the couple said was fresh evidence at a hearing in the Family

  • Chronic overcrowding at Naas Hospital today

    24 July 2017 11:59 6

    There are 28 patients being treated on trolleys at Naas Hospital today – more than any other hospital in the Dublin/Kildare area. The Health Service Executive has already activated its escalation policy because of the high number of people presenting. It’s asking prospective patients to, where possible, consult their GP before attending at the hospital’s

  • 20 patients without a proper bed at Tullamore Hospital

    24 July 2017 10:56 4

    The latest figures released by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation show that 20 patients are currently waiting on trolleys or in already full wards for a bed at the A&E department at Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore. The daily ward watch statistics show that 13 patients are on trolleys at Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore, with a further

  • Surgery to treat morbid obesity costs taxpayer €1m

    24 July 2017 00:14 8

    The cost of operations to treat morbid obesity carried out in public hospitals rose by 50 per cent to more than €1 million last year, according to new figures. Some 112 patients underwent procedures costing €1,029,908 in total in 2016. The number of such patients has more than doubled since 2010 as Ireland’s obesity crisis has grown. The country is on course