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Healthcare October 2016

Published: Nov 02, 2016
  • The HSE has issued a warning that this winter could see 1,000 flu deaths.  It has urged those who are at risk to get the flu jab. 
  • Official figures have highlighted the stark price contrast between a publicly run nursing home vs the private run nursing home, with beds costing up to €700 more a week in the public facilities vs the private facilities.
  • A new cancer venture has been founded by Irish & UK cancer specialists called Carrick Therapeutics with first round funding of $95m.  They hope to become the European leader in oncology and have several highly respected medical experts on board, including Sir John Bell who is one of the UK’s most prolific medical professors.  The head office will be based in Dublin, with a secondary office in Oxford.  Carrick aims to divest more research into aggressive tumours.
  • Budget 2017:
  • Children receiving domiciliary care are to be given medical cards. 
  • A long-awaited sugar tax is to be introduced from April 2018.
  • €50m to be used to tackle hospital waiting lists, including €20m for the National Treatment Purchase Fund.
  • Funding for 1,000 new nurses to be put in place. 
  • Ireland recorded its highest rate of HIV diagnoses in 2015 of 10.6 per 100,000 of population which is double the European Union average.  The EU average is 5.9 per 100,000 (for 2014).  Diagnosis of HIV rose 30% in Ireland during 2014 and 2015.  Latin American men immigrating to Ireland saw a particularly high increase in being diagnosed. 

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