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Health Feb News 2017

Published: Feb 10, 2017
  • Athlone will be the first manufacturing plant in Ireland for US drug firm Aerie.  The IDA lease agreement with Aerie Pharmaceutical will see an investment by the US company of $25m into the new plant.  Aerie are involved in treatment of eye diseases. 
  • Health Minister Simon Harris welcomed new figures showing the waiting lists in public hospitals are finally falling for the first time in 2 years.  There are now more than 630,000 patients waiting for treatment or appointments. 
  • 25,000 people in Ireland turn 65 each year and in just 30 years, there will be more elderly people than children.  There have been increasingly urgent calls for sorting out the elderly care crisis that is abound in the State.  The Fair Deal package does now allow for finance to make the home suitable for caring for an elderly person at home, therefore forcing many to go into nursing homes.  There are calls for Farm Assets to not be included when tallying up nursing home costs for farmers via means test.
  • OpenApp has won a €5m contract with the EU which allows the Dublin-based company to speed up diagnosis of rare diseases across the member states by developing a health-app.
  • 1-in-8 of hospital consultant vacancies in 2015 had no applicants according to a new report.  28 other jobs received just one applicant.  This further highlights the recruitment difficulties and the retention of hospital consultants for the HSE. 
  • The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has highlighted to the HSE that nurses and midwives in Ireland are paid 10% less than their counterparts in the UK, the US and Australia even though Irish nurses need an honours degree to qualify in Ireland.  The HSE currently employs 35,835 nurses and midwives compared to 39,006 in 2007 before the recruitment ban came into force.
  • Veterinary pharma company Norbrook, registered in Northern Ireland reported a jump in profits of 65% to £35.5m in 2016.  They reported strong growth in farm animal products & companion products.

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