Tag Archives | Health

The price of cancer for children in the Republic

Sunday Independent 15/02/2015

More than 70% of the population in the Republic of Ireland have to pay to see their GP, as well as prescription charges and Health Care Costs. More than one in four sick people are deterred from visiting their GP as a result. Costs to see a GP range from anywhere between €45 – €75, more…

Your 60 second guide to ‘three-parent’ babies…

The Westminster parliament will discuss ‘mitochondrial transfer’ or ‘three-parent’ babies today. Concerns about the ethics and safety of this have been raised. If parliament agrees, such procedures will become legal in the UK. There has already been considerable discussion and debate about this, as Polly Toynbee describes. The problems seem to centre around the mitochondrial more…

Does Northern Ireland have too many hospitals?

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A recent report into health services in N Ireland has said that there are ‘too many hospitals’. The report also has a lot to say about the organisational structure of the NHS here. This isn’t the first time that hospital provision here has been questioned; decades ago, an MP in the old Stormont described N more…

Terminating your care – The £600 million hole in the health budget

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Writing exclusively for Slugger, the respected medic Dr George O’Neill gives his proposal to tackle the crisis in A & E. Dr George O’Neill qualified in 1971 and is a General Practitioner in practice in North & West Belfast for 40 years. He was for 6 years Chair of the Belfast Local Commissioning Group and he more…

Why are GPs so unhappy?

Korhomme is a retired medical consultant. When I was young we lived in the University area of Belfast; out General Practitioner (GP) lived round the corner, and worked from home, as was usual in those days. To see him—and GPs were almost exclusively male then—you went in the front door, and waited. It was important more…

Driven to the edge? An insider’s view of the Belfast Ambulance service

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Continuing our series on health, we hear from a paramedic about the challenges the service is facing. As a Paramedic working on an emergency ambulance it was encouraging to read George O’Neill’s article on Slugger last week that recognised the vital role of the ambulance service in managing the future delivery of unscheduled care in more…

A Solution to Our Emergency Department Crisis – Lock the Doors of A & E

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Writing exclusively for Slugger, the respected medic Dr George O’Neill gives his proposal to tackle the crisis in A & E. Dr George O’Neill qualified in 1971 and is a General Practitioner in practice in North & West Belfast for 40h years.He was for 6 years Chair of the Belfast Local Commissioning Group and he also more…

“Be Catholic and have a large family”: Tim McGarry at Carers Week launch

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Thousands of people across Northern Ireland provide care for others throughout the year. Carers Week is organised by several charities that come together to celebrate this contribution, signpost carers to further information and support, and encourage ‘hidden’ carers to come forward and be counted. Carers NI sponsored a Carers Week launch event at the Linen more…

Abortion turndown is a constitutional issue

The ruling in the English High Court against free abortions for Northern Ireland women in England comes as no surprise. Have campaigners legally examined the situation in Scotland? This now seems like a case for  the Supreme Court where the issue would be: Are devolution powers superior to  UK  equal citizens’  rights? An aspect of the judge’s comments intrigued me: He more…

Organ Donation: Should we be ‘Opting in’ or ‘Opting out’?

Okay, a short enough question to chew on for a bit. The core of this argument between JoAnne Dobson (UUP) and Alastair Ross (DUP) is that the former wants to change the law to make organ donation a default position which you and your relatives can opt out of, whilst Mr Ross’s proposed amendment would more…

Stormont’s odd debate on free school dinners. “Whatever you do, don’t mention child poverty.”

I cannot think of another polity in which a discussion on the increase in the uptake of free school meals could almost entirely avoid any direct reference to the possible corresponding increase in child poverty. I say possible, because in yesterday’s private member’s debate on free school meals was based on barely any data concerning more…