The Irish Patients’ Association today welcomes the announcement by the Minister for Health to reform our acute hospital system particularly the stated commitment to
Better patient safety
Better Patient Care
Better Value for Money
Many reforms have been heralded as examples of excellence and failed to deliver.
Stephen McMahon CEO of the Irish Patients Associations said “Troikaitis dictates that the Government and its Minister must deliver the hard transparent evidence of performance in this reform and that those who fail in the delivery of these deliverables are held to account if they fail to meet objectives. Continue reading →
Advocacy experts have warned that slashing funding to interest groups could damage society and said many in the sector believed their funding was at risk if they were too critical of Government departments and State agencies.
The Advocacy Initiative, itself funded by Atlantic Philanthropies, said fears of funding cuts were having “a chilling effect” on the sector. The organisation made its comments following a week in which the Irish Patients’ Association was informed by the HSE that its core funding will disappear from next April.
THE country’s main patient advocacy group is at risk of closure after the the Health Service Executive (HSE) axed €117,000 in annual funding.
The Irish Patients’ Association has warned that around 500 cases involving tragedies such as unexplained deaths, injuries and late diagnoses are in danger of being impacted by the cuts. Chief executive Stephen McMahon said it is almost entirely dependent on the HSE funding to carry out its work .
The Audit reports released today makes grim reading for patients who use some of the 14 hospitals audited. What for the remaining 43 yet to be audited ? .Patients who contact a healthcare infection can die or at worse be injured from such infections.
Recognising the ever increasing work load of HIQA, it is imperative that routine audits are not side lined by headline pressures for other investigations. A two year gap for such audits is not acceptable and calls into question commitments to stop preventable infections as such audits have a key role in delivering safer care. Continue reading →
IPA Chairman Stephen McMahon reports from a pivotal symposium at the Health Ageing Workshop, presented by the Global Coalition on Ageing, at the International Federation on Ageing Conference in Prague.
Every now and again you leave a symposium or a meeting where you know something important has happened: a light has been thrown on a problem that some people had not really noticed before and they are in a position to do something about it, and this illumination is in the best interests of patients — everywhere.