New research shows over 5% of adults actively living with symptoms of long COVID

In Health, News, Posts by Topic by Denis Naughten

HSE figures show long COVID patients wait 15 weeks for a clinical appointment   New polling data released today has found that more than one in every twenty adults in Ireland are actively living with self-reported symptoms of long COVID. The data is based on a survey commissioned by Independent TD Denis Naughten and conducted by leading polling company Ireland …

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 …

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 …

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% …

Dept of Health fails to establish vaccine damage compensation unit despite assurances– Naughten

In Health, News, Posts by Topic, Science, Science by Denis Naughten

The Department of Health has failed to establish a separate unit to deal with a vaccine damage compensation scheme, three years after the Minister received a report on the current system for managing claims and four years after the Health Research Board (HRB) carried out an evidence review on such schemes in other jurisdictions, Denis Naughten TD has revealed. Denis …

Up to Health Minister to designate long Covid as occupational illness – Naughten

In Campaigns, Health, News, Posts by Topic, Science, Science by Denis Naughten

International Workers’ Memorial Day must be used to ensure income support provided to all frontline workers The decision to designate long Covid as an occupational illness lies with the Department of Health and Minister Donnelly, Denis Naughten TD has stated. “The Secretary General of the Department of Social Protection made it clear to the Oireachtas Committee that the decision on …

Long COVID rates have increased by 4% in four months

In Blog, Health, Science, Science by Denis Naughten

Speech by Denis Naughten TD to the Policy Forum for Ireland keynote seminar: Tackling long COVID in Ireland – priorities for services, strategy development, and research   On 19th March 2020, I stood up in Dáil Éireann, pointing out that we would have to deal with the public health challenges associated with the SARS-CoV-2 virus for at least 12 months. …

5 months on Health Dept still in talks on designating long COVID as occupational illness – Naughten

In Health, News, Science, Science by Denis Naughten

Frontline health workers to be left without income support in coming weeks Officials from the Department of Social Protection have admitted they are still engaged in a “back & forth with colleagues in health, teasing out issues” with regard to the designation of long COVID as an occupational illness. This is despite the fact that frontline healthcare workers suffering with …