Medtronic in Tullamore will now be owned by Cardinal Health and they will be the 5th operators of the plant since it opened in 1982 (previous owners have been Sherwood Medical, Tyco, Covidien and Medtronic). Tullamore’s plant is one of 17 changing hands during the $6.1bn deal with Cardinal health. The Medtronic plants in Galway, Athlone & Dublin are not affected.
Trolley Watch figures carried out by the INMO for the month of March every year since 2006, showed that 2017 reach a record point of people left waiting for a bed with 9,459 waiting on trolleys during March.
United Drug have announced they are investing €40m in technology and innovation in its Dublin headquarters. United Drug currently serve 1,800 chemists throughout Ireland. They have doubled their efficiencies during the last 2 years.
Figures released in April show there are 665,618 people on health waiting lists. There have been an additional 60,200 placed on lists since the Government took office one year ago.
Minister Simon Harris has said he will invoke a legal provision on the HSE to hire an extra 1,208 nurses this year in accordance with the workforce plan. No further details were provided.
Ireland has been urged to create a National Weight Management Programme to help tackle our growing obesity crisis. It is estimated that the lack of a programme in place has cost the HSE €56m over the last 10 years in extra health costs. 25% of Irish adults are obese with 25% of Irish children being overweight or obese.
A World Health Organisation survey has highlighted the a ‘continuous steep increase’ in the number of hours children and young adults who use technology are spending. This is leading to a reduction in the amount of exercise they perform and amount of sleep achieved, and an increase in cyber bullying which all negatively affect their mental health. The survey was conducted amongst school age children in 42 countries.
The Irish Heart Foundation has warned that death from stroke in Ireland will increase to 84% within 20 years if measures are not put in place now. They also caution that the occurrence of strokes will increase 59% by 2035. Acute stroke services in Ireland are becoming less effective over time. The IHF has urged for investment in treatment and care, and not just money to ‘fix’ things. Three out of Four of the rehabilitation hospitals in Ireland said they cannot provide stroke patients with the recommended amount of therapy. 60% do not have a stroke specialist and almost one in three have access to a psychological service. Only one in four have a dedicated stroke unit.