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‘A light in the life of everyone who knew her’ – Laura Brennan dies

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Laura Brennan has died at the age of 26.

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Kilrush centre ‘will change provision of health care in West Clare’

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*Kilrush. Photograph: Kilrush Tidy Towns Kilrush has been identified as the location for a new primary care centre. It is one of three places in the Mid-West that will now house primary care centres. The HSE will announce in the next week future centres to be constructed with Kilrush to be amongst them. It is…

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‘HSE not fit for purpose’ – Dr. Harty

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Former Health Minister, Dr. James Reilly has been criticised by Clare TD Dr. Michael Harty who he said disbanded the HSE board in 2012 on a whim. Spaking in the Dáil on the Health Service Executive (Governance) Bill 2018 which he said will reconstitute the board and introduce real structural health reform, the Independent TD…

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No confidence motion in Health Minister deferred

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A motion of no confidence in Minister for Health, Simon Harris by elected representatives of Clare County Council has been deferred. Harris has been given four weeks to meet with the local authority’s members on the HSE Forum otherwise the motion will be reappearing on the agenda when the Council holds its February meeting. Former…

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‘People can’t live without services’

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CLARE’S Independent TD DR Michael Harty has said that he is very frustrated at the lack of progress in the healthcare system. Dr Harty garnered a lot of support from rural Clare residents under his “No Doctor, No Village” campaign. Two and a half years later, the Government is still no closer to producing a…

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Clare mental health activists considering national protest

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The protest outside Ennis General Hospital on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Peter Flannigan

MENTAL health activist Gary Fitzgibbon has said that the protest held outside Ennis Hospital on Saturday has made him realise that the state of the Mental Health Service is worse than he thought. Speaking to The Clare Echo, Gary claimed a young woman was turned away twice in the one day from the Acute Unit…

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Clare address denying suicidal people access to psychiatric units claims ex patient

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Suicidal Clare men and women are not being admitted to the Limerick Psychiatric Unit because of their address, it has been claimed. Mental health advocate, Gary Fitzgibbon addressed elected members of the Shannon Municipal District (SMD) at their July meeting and gave a detailed account of the conditions dealt with by people struggling with their…

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Cervical screening cover-up ‘unforgivable’ says Dr Harty

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CLARE’S Independent TD Dr Michael Harty has said that the Cervical Check screening scandal was created by the cover-up, rather than the false test results themselves. “This scandal is what transpires when mistakes are identified but the information is not transmitted. This is the core issue. “The failure of open disclosure of false negatives to…

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Visitor ban at Ennis General Hospital lifted

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THE visitor ban at the Burren Ward in Ennis General Hospital has been lifted, though restrictions are still in place. HSE representatives are currently requesting that visitors to the Burren Ward are restricted to one visitor per patient only and between visiting hours of 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 9pm. The visitor ban was…

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HSE to use community budget to take “necessary corrective action”

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THE HSE have announced a €380 million spend on community healthcare in the Mid-West for 2018. They hope to use the Mid-West Community Healthcare Operational Plan to change internal processes and improve their overall performance. “It will allow us to identify deficits in our performance and take the necessary corrective action, as the achievement of…

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