• Minister Ring approves over €290,000 to support 6 Mayo voluntary groups to transport people for medical services

    The Minister for Rural and Community Development, has allocated €290,887.50 in funding to six community care organisations in Mayo which provide Mobility and Cancer Care transport in the community.

    The funding has been allocated under the CLÁR programme and will support voluntary organisations that provide transport to/from designated cancer treatment hospitals/centres and for people with significant mobility issues, including those requiring specialised wheelchair accessible vehicles, to day-care or other medical, therapeutic or respite services.

    The following organisations in Mayo have been approved for funding:


    Areas to be serviced


    Western Care Vocational Training Centre

    Kilkelly, Charlestown, Foxford and Castlebar


    Western Care Newport

    Newport, Achill, Mulranny and Westport


    Western Care Claremorris

    Claremorris, Knock, Charlestown


    Irish Wheelchair Association

    All county Mayo excluding Erris Peninsula - Claremorris, Foxford, Kiltimagh, Ballinrobe, Ballina, Mulranny, Newport, Swinford, Westport, Castlebar and their surrounds


    Western Care Transport Dept

    Claremorris, Hollymount and Garrymore


    Enable Ireland Mayo Services

    County-wide service



  • A leading cancer doctor says protecting the sick and infirm from covid-19 should be enough reason to cancel the St Patrick's Day Parade.


    Professor John Crown says evidence from China shows cancer patients and survivors have the highest rates of critical illness if infected.


    Four people were confirmed to have tested positive for the virus on the island yesterday -- three in the North and one in the Republic.


    He says it's not good enough for authorities to say a bout of covid-19 is a mild illness for most.

  • Outpatient appointments and elective procedures in the health service nationally are to be fully restored from June, under official plans for a safe return of services that have been curtailed by Covid-19.

    According to the Irish Times, cancer services will not be fully resumed until the end of this year, while 30 per cent of health appointments will be conducted on the phone or by video call, according to the three-phase plan drawn up by the HSE.

    Efforts to clear the massive backlog of appointments and procedures that has built up during the pandemic are unlikely to begin until the autumn, the plan says, and will require private sector input.

    It warns commitments to resume non-Covid services are “conditional on there being no further major surges and full implementation of the vaccination programme”.

    The risk of flu and other respiratory conditions next winter could put plans to return to normal activity under pressure, the document also warns.

    The return of services is projected to take place in three phases: March to June; July to September; and October to December.

    The plan says adequate staffing is the most critical challenge to restoring services. Absenteeism is expected to decline as Covid-19 cases fall and with widespread vaccination of staff, but carried-over annual leave will impact on staffing.


    The Irish Cancer Society's annual national conference for cancer survivors is just getting underway in County Cork.

    Around 400 survivors, their families, friends and carers are expected to attend the event.

    A range of speakers - including some who have beaten cancer themselves - will share their experiences and knowledge.

  • More than 75% of the woman affected by the CervicalCheck controversy are now cancer free.

    According to HSE data, at least 165 of the 221 women diagnosed at stage two or earlier, now have no evidence of the active disease.

    However 21 of the 221 women have died, and 14 are still undergoing treatment, and their prognosis has not been shared.

    The figures also show a small number of women did not actually have cervical cancer at all.

  • A Roscommon based Fianna Fail TD has slammed the HSE decision to not automatically award medical cards to all cancer patients.

    Eugene Murphy says this is a devastating blow to cancer patients who are already under extreme pressure.

    Deputy Murphy says there was a genuine expectation among cancer patients that they would be awarded medical cards and has branded the HSE decision as totally unacceptable.

  • Some cancer patients who need tumours removed cannot be admitted to hospital on time because of a lack of beds, a doctors' conference has been warned.

    Dr Clive Kilgallen, a consultant in Sligo, said cancellations due to overcrowding were not just for patients suffering with conditions like a hernia.

    In some cases, scheduled admission of waiting list patients had ground to a halt, he told the annual meeting of the Irish Medical Organisation yesterday. That’s according to today’s Irish Independent.


    Dr Kilgallen told the meeting  that long delays on trolleys were putting patients at increased risk of illness and infection.

    The ongoing overcrowding crisis in several hospitals led to calls for a six-hour limit on the

  • Women suffering with cervical cancer are to be offered the drug Pembro for their treatment after a high profile campaign.

    It had only been available to the victims of the cervical check scandal until now.

    Doctors will be able to offer it on a case by case basis if they deem it could help the woman.

    The cost will be footed by the state and it will only be available to cervical cancer sufferers.


  • It's reported that a number of women were treated for micro-invasive cancer in HSE facilities, but were never told they had the condition.

    This is a cancer that has not yet spread locally and rarely develops into invasive cancer.

    A report from the Irish Independent says the women were contacted as part of a review led by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.


    The affected women were sent letters informing them of the diagnosis during the review of cancer cases that was set up in the wake of the Cervical Check Scandal.

    It's understood doctors removed cancerous cells during procedures - but that they hadn't spread, and were unlikely to develop into tumours.

    The cases were notified to the National Cancer Registry, but it seems the women themselves were not told about the diagnosis.

    The total number of affected women isn't known at this point, but the Irish Independent reports that none of the women involved have cancer now.

    The HSE has apologised for any distress cased to the women.