Long COVID has potential to place significant burden on our healthcare services

In Blog, Health, Science, Science by Denis Naughten

I asked my colleagues in the Oireachtas Library & Research Service to update a previous research paper that I received on long COVID to get an updated understanding of the definition, incidence, and healthcare issues surrounding long COVID. The sad reality is that the symptoms of long COVID can not only last for months but even years and can include …

Taoiseach backs proposal to address vacancies in children’s disability services – Naughten

In Disability, Education, Families, Local Issues, News, Posts by Topic by Denis Naughten

Proposals from Denis Naughten TD that would see innovative recruitment of therapists to work evenings and weekends in children’s disability services has received the support of the Taoiseach. The Dáil heard this week from Denis Naughten TD that the HSE must introduce flexible working contracts to attract therapists to the almost 800 vacancies that currently exist across children’s disability services. …

90 seconds of additional home help support per day causing crisis – Naughten

In Disability, Health, Local Issues, News, Older People, Posts by Topic by Denis Naughten

Local TD Denis Naughten told the Dáil this week that the reason nearly 6,500 people are waiting for home help hours is because just an additional 37 minutes have been allocated to each primary care network. “This means that, in reality, there is about 90 seconds of additional home help per day available to meet the needs of older people …

6,432 waiting for home support care: Dáil to debate home care crisis – Naughten

In Families, News, Older People, Posts by Topic by Denis Naughten

The Dáil will this week debate the urgent need to address the crisis in home care support with almost 6,500 people on a waiting list to access support, including some individuals who are currently stuck in hospital beds claims Denis Naughten TD. On Wednesday morning the Regional Group of TDs will move a Dáil motion highlighting the critical state of …

Artificial Intelligence or AI seldom gets good press

In Blog, Science, Science by Denis Naughten

Artificial Intelligence or AI seldom gets good press; take the examples of ChatGPT which has been banned in many Universities across the world due to the potential for student plagiarism or the controversy surrounding the Hollywood writers’ strike calling it a “plagiarism machine”. There has also been concerns about the potential of Deepfakes to misrepresent reality by manipulating media by …

Today is World Environment Day 2023

In Blog, Environment, Science, Science by Denis Naughten

How does plastic pollution affect us? An estimated 19 to 23 million tonnes of plastic leak into aquatic ecosystems annually. Plastic pollution has devastating effects on a wide array of organisms in our seas, rivers, and on land. Marine litter harms more than 800 species. More than 90 per cent of all birds and fish are believed to have plastic particles in their stomachs. The effects …

Further blow to disabled drivers – Naughten

In Disability, Local Issues, News, Posts by Topic by Denis Naughten

Disabled drivers and passengers are facing a further setback after it was revealed to Denis Naughten TD that the National Rehabilitation Hospital is to withdraw from its role in the Primary Medical Certificate appeals process. This compounds problems already experienced for those trying to obtain the certificate following the blanket resignation of the appeals board, which effectively meant the vast …

Frontline workers must receive long Covid supports – Naughten

In Disability, Families, Health, News by Denis Naughten

  Denis Naughten has called on Government to ensure all frontline workers who contracted Covid through their employment, and who were subsequently forced out of work due to long Covid symptoms, are able to avail of supports until they are fit to return to work. “At present, 120 frontline healthcare workers with long Covid are availing of a special leave …

May is Myalgic Encephalomyelitis M.E. Awareness Month

In Blog, Health, Science, Science by Denis Naughten

M.E. has been described as “an often-debilitating disease” that has a prevalence close to one percent worldwide which would equate to around 52,000 people in Ireland or roughly the population of the county of Waterford (Bonilla, H. et al., 2023) With the number of people with M.E. / CFS on the rise following long-COVID, it is estimated that around 45% …