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  1. News Article
    The number of notified “extreme” and “major” incidents involving serious harm to patients and others in hospital has risen significantly in the Republic of Ireland in recent years, new figures reveal. Reported “extreme” incidents, which can involve death or permanent incapacity, rose from 373 in 2017 to 579 last year. The number of cases classified as “major”, where there is long-term disability or incapacity, climbed from 46 to 82 in the same period. “Moderate” incidents, when there is a patient injury involving medical treatment, also increased from 9,219 in 2017 to 13,563 las
  2. News Article
    At least 200,000 people missed out on essential surgery as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, with many enduring “misery and daily pain” as a result, a conference has heard. Both scheduled and emergency surgery levels dropped by 20% during the pandemic, suggesting there is now significant pent-up demand for treatment, according to the national clinical lead in surgery, Prof Deborah McNamara. Almost 343,000 people are waiting to see a surgeon for the first time, 100,000 of whom have been on a waiting list for more than 18 months, she told the conference on outcomes from the pandemic a
  3. News Article
    A phone first system adopted by most GP surgeries at the start of the pandemic is "here to stay", the Royal College of GPs (RCGPs) in Northern Ireland has said. However, the RCGP has also accepted patient access needs to improve. The system was introduced in spring 2020. According to GPs, the move, which came without either consultation or prior information, was necessary to minimise the risk of infection of Covid-19. Two years on, there is concern among some members of the public that the system is not working. Speaking to BBC News NI, Dr Ursula Mason accepted that the sys
  4. News Article
    Patients in nine hospitals in Ireland were often treated in the wrong places, sometimes corridors, in situations where it was “unclear” who was supposed to be providing their care, a clinical review has found. It warned of the potential for people to receive inappropriate specialist input and recommended specific wards be used to avoid so-called “safari rounds” where consultants must seek out scattered patients. The independent review team consisted of clinical and management experts from Scotland and England who undertook a programme of visits between August and November, 2019.
  5. News Article
    More than 200 women were affected by failures in Ireland’s CervicalCheck screening system. It emerged in 2018 that 221 women and families were not told about misreported smear tests. The Minister for Health said that non-disclosure issues which arose in the cervical check screening controversy will be legislated for to prevent it from happening again. Stephen Donnelly said new legislation will address the negligence issues and ensure that the failure to inform the women of the clinical audit of their screening will “never happen again”. Mr Donnelly was discussing a number of ame
  6. News Article
    Urgent action is required to tackle hospital waiting times on both sides of the Irish border, according to the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI). A report into the primary healthcare systems of Ireland and Northern Ireland found that both jurisdictions are experiencing similar problems. These include workforce shortages and increasing expenditure. On hospital waiting times the problem is worse in Northern Ireland. The proportion of people on the waiting list in Northern Ireland for more than one year increased from 20% to 60%. In the Republic of Ireland, during
  7. News Article
    The Irish Cabinet has approved general indemnity cover and product liability cover for claims to two public sector bodies relating to transvaginal mesh products and the Gardasil HPV vaccine. The Health Minister Stephen Donnelly brought forward a proposal to Cabinet Wednesday for the provision of this cover to the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) and the Mental Health Commission (MHC) for claims relating to the mesh products or Gardasil. Gardasil is a type of vaccine used to protect against HPV. Vaginal mesh devices have been used in operations to treat stress urinary incontin
  8. News Article
    The vast majority of HSE staff in the Republic of Ireland felt supported during the COVID-19 pandemic but more than half felt there has been a negative change in their working environment, a new survey has found. Staff across the health service were asked about their work, and responses from almost 13,000 staff showed a mixed impact since the pandemic with staff saying they were more enthusiastic about their job than in 2018 but were less optimistic about their future in the health service. Three in 10 said they had been subject to assault from the public in the past two years. One i
  9. Content Article
    The data included in the review identified that 10% of patients experience a PSI in prehospital care. The review also provides more detailed insights into the prevalence of PSIs and associated harm in prehospital care, and the authors argue that this evidence justifies giving the same level of attention to patient safety in prehospital care as is given to secondary care. They also state that the review gives direction as to how to advance methods for identifying PSIs and harm in prehospital care.
  10. Content Article
    Further reading HIQA: Annual report of accidental or unintended exposures to ionising radiation in 2019 CQC reports on safe use of radiation in healthcare settings (19 December 2019)
  11. News Article
    "Bodies would have been piling up" if the Covid vaccine had not been available, the director of intensive care at Belfast City Hospital has said. Dr George Gardiner, a consultant, also said his biggest fear would be having to stop routine cancer surgery. He has called for an end to "tribal politics" in Northern Ireland to allow transformation of the health service, so that cancer and coronavirus can be tackled in tandem. He said the system was currently "one step from chaos" and warned hospitals will not cope with winter if Covid numbers continue to rise. "We need to get everyon
  12. News Article
    76 people were unintentionally exposed to ionising radiation in Irish hospitals in 2020, according to the Health and Information Quality Authority (HIQA). This figure represents an 11% increase on the total reported in 2019. HIQA today published an overview report on the 'increase in accidental and unintended exposure to ionising radiation events notified to HIQA in 2020. Under the European Union (Basic Safety Standards for Protection against dangers arising from Medical Exposure to Ionising Radiation) Regulations 2018 and 2019, HIQA is the competent authority for patient protection
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