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17 October 2018 14:11 Girl, 14, who claims she suffered shoulder injury at birth settles case for €425,000

A 14-year old girl who claimed she suffered a severe shoulder injury at birth has settled her High Court action for €425,000. Amy Hutchinson the High Court heard has difficulty riding a bicycle and a problem carrying her schoolbag as a result of the the injury to her right shoulder and arm. Amy Hutchinson Mullaharlin Park, Dundalk, Co Louth had through

10 October 2018 20:36 Dublin City Council blames 'rodent infestation' on warm weather rat breeding

The council says it’s a Europe wide problem this year. OFFICIALS IN DUBLIN City Council have said the city has suffered from a rat infestation due to the warm weather increasing rodent breeding. The comment was made in a meeting of the South East Area Committee last month following a question by Councillor Mannix Flynn. Flynn had sought a report about 2

09 October 2018 13:38 45 people diagnosed after mumps outbreak in the west

THERE HAS BEEN an outbreak of mumps in the western region following an increase in diagnoses, the Health Service Executive has said. A total of 45 people have been diagnosed with the viral disease in the past seven weeks in the HSE’s western region. Mumps is spread between people by coughing and sneezing and can be transmitted through direct contact

09 October 2018 08:05 Cervical screening programme could collapse if labs don't renew contracts

The cervical screening programme could collapse if the two labs involved don't renew their contracts. The HSE has confirmed intense negotiations are ongoing with US lab Quest and MedLab Pathology in Dublin. Both labs are meeting the required standard according to the Scally report. However, they have reportedly asked the HSE to indemnify them against 1

07 October 2018 12:34 Tributes pour in for Emma Mhic Mhathúna who has died aged 37

Emma Mhic Mhathúna, one of the women at the centre of the cervical cancer controversy, has died in Kerry aged 37. Ms Mhic Mhathúna was one of the most public figures in the CervicalCheck crisis and has been continuously praised for her bravery and openness during the controversy. The mother-of-five was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2016 after receiving 2

05 October 2018 20:14 Around 2,500 affected after Irish Water issues 'do not drink' notice in Limerick

Tests show high levels of turbidity, or cloudiness, in the water in the area. A “DO NOT drink” notice has been issued in Limerick this evening, after tests showed a high level of turbidity – or cloudiness – in the water supply. Irish Water said this evening that the measure applied to around 2,500 of its customers in Rathkeale town and the Kilcolman 2

03 October 2018 19:10 Private practice in State hospitals ‘not the norm’, says Health Minister

The system in which doctors are allowed to carry out private practice in public hospitals has been described as “an outlier” by the Health Minister. A review group has been set up by the government to examine separating private practice from the public hospital system as part of the Sláintecare programme. Health Minister Simon Harris told the Oireachtas 2

01 October 2018 08:39 INMO: Hospital trolley figures approach 8,000 for September

Almost 8,000 patients were forced to wait on trolleys and chairs in September, according to new figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisations (INMO). The INMO’s monthly Trolley Watch Analysis showed that 7,765 patients were treated without hospital beds in September 2018. Sixty-eight of them were aged under 16. The union has said that unfilled 2

01 October 2018 05:10 HSE spent €600,000 last year on debt collectors to chase patients for unpaid bills

The Irish Cancer Society recently called for the government to abolish inpatient charges for cancer patients in the forthcoming Budget. THE HSE SPENT more than €600,000 on debt collection agencies last year, hired to chase up patients who had not paid their medical bills. Figures released to through a Freedom of Information request show the HSE paid €602,934 in total 2

29 September 2018 10:08 HSE selected Hepatitis C patients 'in most critical need' of treatment as funds ran out

The HSE had to suspend its treatment programme for patients with Hepatitis C for a month in 2017 because it did not know the number of patients being treated and risked running out of money. The programme was suspended at the end of July when the majority of its €30m budget had been used, according to report by the C&AG, published yesterday. It was reinstated 1