The Mayo Stroke Support Group is an initiative of the HSE and Croí (a Mayo based charity). The group has announced its new schedule with the first meeting being held in Ballina's Newman Institute on Thursday 30th January from 11:30 to 13:00. Regular meetings will take place on the last Thursday of the month until June, the meetings will alternate between Castlebar and Ballina.
The HSE and the GAA in cork are joining forces to tackle stress. Minister of State, Kathleen Lynch, launched the joint initiative in Páirc Uí Rinn in Cork. Stress Control courses are to begin on Wednesday, January 29th at Midleton and St. Finbarr's GAA clubs, the courses will last six weeks. This is the first time in Ireland that a sports and health care partnership is to tackle stress in the community.
The Minister for Health, James Reilly, T.D., has approved the HSE Service plan 2014, which will see the HSE save €619million. The plan hopes to protect safety, quality and the volume of front-line services, with €178million of new service initiatives. The HSE has also said that €113million in savings will not come from medical card holders. The HSE has been given €13.12 billion worth of funding from the exchequer for 2014, this is a reduction of €619million from 2013.
The Ministers of Health in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland have announced that they intend to carry out an independent assessment of the current and future needs for cardiology and cardiac surgery across the Island of Ireland. A team of international independent experts will assess hospital services on both sides of the boarder and outline the options open to the Island which will meet the needs of the population.