Neglect of children with special needs

The government promised the appointment of 31 additional psychologists in 2007. Characteristically, only seven psychologists have been added to the National Education Psychology Service (NEPS). The service is aimed at children with special needs. An ASTI survey in 2006 found that 89 per cent of schools have students with special needs. Over 42 per cent of Principals stated it took an average of three months or more to secure an appointment with NEPS and 35 per cent of Principals reported a two-month delay.

Harney u-turn on disability care payments

At her final press briefing as Minister for Health in the last government, before the 21 May election, Mary Harney announced a u-turn on a recently introduced policy to charge 8,500 people with disabilities living in long term care between 50-70 per cent of their income for their care.

Super-hospital planned for Mid-West

The HSE has stated that plans for a super-hospital in the North East would not be rolled out nationwide. But a new tender asking for a review of hospital services in the Mid-West region puts those assurances in doubt

Surgery cancelled at St. James due to bed shortages

Surgical operations were cancelled in St. James's Hospital, Dublin yesterday due to a lack of intensive care beds. The Irish Nurses Organisation (INO) has expressed deep concern about the situation and believes that surgical cancellations were inevitable as hospital activity increases for the months of January, February and March each year. 

Children's hospital fiasco

Bertie Ahern has reneged on promises made to Protestant church leaders on the National Children's Hospital and he lobbied secretly for the Mater site in 2002. By Frank Connolly and Justine McCarthy