Patsy Morrissey on Respite Care ‘We were 25 years married before we had a holiday’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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The plight of carers in Ireland and the support they receive is one we are all aware of, however, it can sometimes take a single voice to focus on the harsh reality. Patsy Morrissey joined Sean O’Rourke to explain the impact changes in respite care in Enniscorthy have had on his family’s life.  Patsy and his wife Madeline have 4 children. …

HSE Professor ‘In healthcare, we spend way too much on the last three months of life, and we spend too little on the first three years of life’.

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The HSE has just announced Professor Donal O’Shea as the new clinical lead for Obesity, he spoke to Sean O’Rourke on what his intentions are for the role now in his first week on the job. Professor O’Shea told Sean that he has been working in the HSE for 18 years, and has been very vocal on obesity in Ireland during that …

Public vs Private ‘Money is nothing when it comes down to somebody’s life.’

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How’s this for a dilemma: your husband has a life-threatening heart condition, he’s had seven life-threatening episodes in the last fifteen months but his condition can be treated with surgery. The trouble is, the surgery costs around €20,000. That’s if you go private, which would mean your husband could get treated within a few weeks. Alternatively, you could take your …

1,000 Days Outside the Taoiseach’s Office‘It started an unstoppable movement’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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When your 7 year-old daughter is diagnosed with leukaemia, you want to focus on her care and not be bothered by trying to work out how to fund that care. Five years ago, Kevin and Tracey Shortall were given the awful news that their daughter Louise had leukaemia. They then found that the trauma of the diagnosis was added to …

HSE data protection‘One x-ray report ended up in Penney’s in Mullingar with a sticker of another patient on it…’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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It’s difficult to know which jaw-dropping nugget to begin with, listening back to Priscilla Lynch’s interview on Today with Sean O’Rourke. Priscilla is editor of the Medical Independent and over the course of six-minutes, she managed to condense some rather alarming breaches of private patient information into an equally alarming interview. “There were breaches of patient information, private patient information …

‘I get frustrated that the focus is on one particular meal. There’s a huge amount of work going on improving hospital food.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Hospital food. The words themselves, for many people, conjure up, in the words of Sean O’Rourke, “grey, cold meats, hot chips and sugary snacks…” And then some. The quality of food in our hospitals has been a source of frustration for patients across the country, but what was regarded as a “culinary catastrophe” is now being tackled, according to Margaret …

‘I have had nurses crying, literally crying on me in the last several days’

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If you want to get a sense of the real, everyday toll the crisis in emergency department overcrowding takes on ordinary people, just take a listen to Dr Gerry Lane, who spoke this morning to Sean O’Rourke on the Today programme. “I have had nurses crying, literally crying on me in the last several days. I’ve had senior nurse managers …

“What happens when a Minister comes to a hospital..? They get rid of all the patients in the trolleys.”

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INMO General Secretary Liam Doran’s demands are simple to understand but, it would seem, near-impossible to deliver. Just this morning, in an RTE news report, Dr. Mohsen Javadpour, Consultant Neurosurgeon at the National Neurosurgical Centre Beaumont, told listeners that Beaumont Hospital in Dublin had to turn away nine patients with malignant brain tumours, who were awaiting surgery, due to lack …