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14 August 2018 05:01 Changing the drug used during labour could halve the number of women needing an epidural

Pethidine is the most widely used drug but new research suggests remifentanil may work better. A NEW STUDY has suggested that a less widely used labour pain relief drug could be more effective for women than the one used in most Irish and UK hospitals. The research looked at the drug remifentanil and found that women who were given it were half as likely

13 August 2018 15:38 Man was secretly recording threatening and verbally abusing his mother, court told

The HSE was told by the High court that it can keep an elderly woman at a nursing home. A MAN WAS secretly recorded in a nursing home threatening and verbally abusing his mother, the High Court has heard. Today the HSE was told by the High court that it can keep an elderly woman, who has a number of medical conditions including dementia, at a nursing 1

09 August 2018 07:09 'Fatal' level of alcohol can be bought in Ireland for €10

Alcohol Action Ireland has said that the price of alcohol in Ireland “demonstrates the remarkable affordability of alcohol to everyday shoppers”. ALCOHOL IN IRELAND currently costs so little that a “fatal” amount of alcohol can be bought for €10, a new survey has suggested. In its latest alcohol market review and price survey, Alcohol Action Ireland 1

25 July 2018 00:10 Staff losses impact on hospital’s safety

The loss of key staff at University Hospital Kerry (UHK) is jeopardising its ability to function safely, according to local Fianna Fáil TD John Brassil. Mr Brassil outlines a litany of concerns in a letter to Ger O’Callaghan, chief operations officer of the South/Southwest hospital group, including a claim that the clinical director, Claire O’Brien 4

18 July 2018 00:20 Audit reveals reckless HSE payouts

More than €92,000 of credit card expenditure by a State-funded youth service — largely on hotels, restaurants, and entertainment — a €14,000 payment to a consultant for a week on call, and close to €20,000 to a recruitment agency for a doctor already working in the hospital are among a litany of poor financial practices highlighted in HSE audits. - Whether 1

18 July 2018 00:20 Cocaine users urged to take test dose, use sterile straws, and not share straws

In a joint harm reduction effort by the HSE and the Ana Liffey Drug Project, users are also advised to grind cocaine to remove clumps, to use their own sterile straw when sniffing it, and to never share the straw. The #DoYouUseCocaine? initiative is being taken on the back of a range of indicators showing a rise in the supply and use of cocaine 2

25 June 2018 23:05 Where and when: Almost 10,000 assaults on HSE staff in past 10 years

OVER THE PAST 10 years, there have been almost 10,000 assaults on HSE staff. From 2008 up until the end of April of this year, there has been a total of 9,901 assaults on staff. The information was provided by the National Incident Management System (NIMS) after Sinn Féin’s Louise O’Reilly asked for a breakdown. Assaults on nursing staff made up the vast majority 5

14 June 2018 12:00 Number of women affected by smear test scandal expected to increase

The Head of the National Screening Service Damien McCallion says more women will be contacted about their cancer test audits. THE NUMBER OF women affected by the recent smear test scandal is likely to increase as more cases are reviewed, according to the new head of CervicalCheck. The CervicalCheck controversy came into the public eye when Vicky Phelan 8

02 June 2018 15:44 Primary school sexual health DVD pulled by HSE due to inclusion of 'adult content'

The Busy Bodies DVD was viewed by a teacher who reported it to the HSE. GARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING after a sexual education DVD aimed at primary school children was found to contain ‘inappropriate’ material. The DVD, part of the Busy Bodies resource series, was viewed by a primary school teacher before being shown to students. Busy Bodies is a booklet 4

01 June 2018 11:12 HSE issues drug safety advice to Irish festivalgoers in wake of two deaths in UK

THE HSE HAS issued advice for Irish festivalgoers following the deaths of two young people at a UK festival last week. It is warning young people to think about their health and avoid using drugs if they experience mental or physical health problems. The BBC reported on Sunday that two people died after falling ill at a festival in Hampshire, England 5