Posts Tagged ‘Healthcare’

Fine Gael and Labour Party key issues

Posted on March 2, 2011 in Economy, Health, Politics, Required

This article gives a very informational breakdown on the issues that FG and Labour agree and disagree on, such as the budget, bailout renegotiation, jobs, and healthcare. With talks currently taking place between the two parties, these policies are sure to take center stage during the negotiations. Read more here.

Article published March 1 on

Differing Healthcare Plans

Posted on February 21, 2011 in Health, Healthcare

This article, though a bit older, provides a brief but informative summary of the major parties’ different plans for health care. As recent polls have shown that Fine Gael looks most likely to come to power, the article’s break down of FG’s ‘Fair Care’ is quite relevant as it may well be instituted in Ireland in the near future.

Article published Jan 1, 2010 in Eolas Magazine.

Sinn Féin wants health care reform

Posted on February 15, 2011 in Healthcare

This February 15 Irish Times article reports that Sinn Féin is proposing a mass overhaul in the health care system of Ireland. SF would like a universal public health system that provides free care at point of delivery.  Sinn Féin wants to regulate general practitioner (GP) fees and abolish all prescription charges. With the elections coming up in 10 days, Sinn Féin’s new proposal is sure to have a major impact on the outcomes of the election.

Funding promised for new acute medical units

Posted on February 1, 2011 in Healthcare

Former Minister for Health Mary Harney promised €8.5 million to build 12 new acute medical units (AMUs) in Ireland by the end of 2011. AMUs serve as the initial intake for patients at hospitals and aim to rapidly diagnose, treat, and release patients. The new facilities hope to reduce waiting time and reduce the usage of the emergency department.

Mary Harney, former Minister of Health, has promised €8.5 million to open new acute medical units in 2011.

Nurses in Ireland threaten to strike

Posted on February 1, 2011 in Economy, Healthcare

Student nurses in Ireland are planning to strike next Wednesday in response to the Government’s decision to phase out and abolish payments for student nurses by 2015. The Government expects to save €32.5m a year starting in 2015 with the pay cuts.

Liam Doran, the general secretary of the INMO, refers to the paycuts as 'slave labour'

Doctors on the defensive

Posted on February 1, 2011 in Healthcare

A recent study of doctors in Ireland by the Medical Protection Society (MPS) found that nearly 75% avoid performing complex medical procedures and refrain from treating various ailments and illnesses  in order to prevent complaints and claims.