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Posts Tagged ‘ Health Service Executive ’

Inclusion Ireland Call For Independent Àras Attracta Inquiry

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Chairperson of Inclusion Ireland Tom Healy is calling for an independent inquiry into the Áras Attracta care home in Swinford, Co Mayo to restore confidence in disability services following the RTÉ Investigations Unit programme last night (Tuesday, 9th December).

The disturbing, distressing and shocking programme shone a depressing light on the standards of residential care for persons with intellectual disabilities in this HSE-run facility. Continue reading

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HSE Reports Reveal Stabilisation In Suicidal Behaviour

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In advance of World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th 2013, Minister for State with responsibility for Disability, Equality, Mental Health & Older People; Kathleen Lynch, today launched three reports on suicide and self-harm. The reports were launched at an event in the Department of Health which showcased the work underway by a range of organisations and community groups in the area of suicide prevention.   Continue reading

News in Brief-Consumer Fear Decreasing While HSE Announces Major Cuts

After last week’s fear of the number thirteen putting the clamps on car buying, this week the Central Statistics Office reports Irish consumer fear is in fact decreasing. We’re increasingly more happy to splash the cash despite the recession being far from over. However rather than an indication of increased wealth these figures only represent the ‘sentiment’ of Irish shoppers, so we’re not crying over our cabbages anymore but we’re still far from boom buying.

The HSE has announced it is to make cuts worth €130 million over the remainder of the year in order to meet Troika’s targets and remain “within budget”. Furniture is listed as one of the areas the executive plans to cut back as well as advertising those crazy, comfortable commercialists. More worrying education and training are also noted as being for the chop. Where will we go when our Doctors don’t know what they’re doing? And where will we sit?!
Apparently 79% of elderly people who live alone do not have internet access, according to the Central Statistics Office (those guys!). Is this news? Age Action Ireland obviously think so. A representative is quoted by thejournal.ie as saying the findings are “worrying”, what because they don’t know what’s trending at the moment? They don’t know what a face book is? The poor sods. Lack of access also causes “barriers for older people to upskill in IT”. Just what we need, more job competition. What a load of . . .

Talking of which Elvis Presley’s unwashed underpants are up for auction. Expected to reach €13,000 next week in Stockport, Cheshire the pants were part of one of Presley’s stage outfits designed to prevent a VPL (visible panty line, for those not versed in the frustrations of fashionistas everywhere.) If only I had a spare €13,000 – then I’d have a spare €13,000.

Back in Ireland it’s Electric Picnic weekend! Hurrah! The final festival of the season and it’s bound to be a good one. Festival survival guides suggest bringing along the usual sun cream, wet weather gear and allow plenty of time for travel. Happy campers are also advised only 48 cans of alcohol per person are allowed. That’s sixteen cans each evening Friday, Saturday and Sunday. If you do manage to get through that lot, festival organisers have advised that alcohol will be available for purchase on site. Thank god.
It is officially silly season – especially after all those pints – the time of the year when with politicians set to out-of-office the media is full of frivolous drivel and a general stupid stupor descends until Christmas. No more so than the Essex lion that stalked Clacton on Monday igniting the nationwide intrigue as well as a hastily created Essex lion twitter account. A mass scrambling of police searching out the beast was called off when it turned out to be a house cat.

What do the cuts mean to those in need of healthcare?

Yesterday was the deadline for those retiring from the public service. This will mean an already exacerbated healthcare service faces further strain, as many nurses hang up their uniforms. In 2012, the HSE aims to tighten their budget by 22 million. This means longer waiting lists, and more bed closures. These developments are chilling to hear about, but what do the cuts mean to a patient in need?

The 29th of February saw a record number of 443 people awaiting treatment on trollies in emergency departments nationwide. The Cork University Hospital is in crisis. The patients are spilling out of the A&E, and are now in corridors and some in beds at a coffee dock. This hardly affords patients much privacy. Furthermore, how do you get the attention of a nurse when you are almost in the car park? The hospital is set to lose a further 30 beds, which will no doubt exhaust resources even further.

I suffer from an autoimmune disease, which makes me reliant on good healthcare.  Last night, I booked myself in with Southdoc after I was presented with a worrying symptom. The doctor sighed and paced the floor, searching for the best answer. He wanted to prescribe something, but felt it was better to be seen by my specialist, as he didn’t know my history. It was concerning that this doctor felt I needed to be admitted, but given my medical state- sitting all night on a chair would do me more harm than good. He became so contrite as he advised the best course of action was to take painkillers, sleep, and contact my specialist in the morning.

I chewed my lip, waiting for a doctor to return my calls today. It is not any doctor’s fault for this silence; they are overworked and often just as helpless as their patients are when it comes to waiting times. This doesn’t quell the pain, or fear as I wait for a scan, that was deemed as urgent when the doctor ordered it in January. The consultant has rung three more times on my behalf, and can’t even get them to pin down a date. Now I am faced with a worsening of my condition, and still waiting. There comes a point when you stop believing anyone can help at all, and you are suffering in silence.

Tomorrow I will ring my GP, but I can’t afford to go get checked out as my Medical Card expired today. The HSE have not yet issued the new one. I am unsure what I will do if I need any new medicines meanwhile,

It is understandable for the government to order cuts, when they look at a figure on paper that is above what they can afford. The bottom line, however, is there are lives at risk. There are more stories like this, and illnesses far worse awaiting diagnosis. Cuts to healthcare will cost a lot more than the money it will save.

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