The Irish Independent is today reporting that three hospitals - Beaumont, Connolly and Drogheda - are planning to send some of their patients who have been on waiting lists for a very long time for treatment at private facilities. More hospitals may also become involved in this 'outsourcing' in the coming months.
Joining Sean was Priscilla Lynch who is clinical editor of the Medical Independent and Oliver O'Connor - now CEO of the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association and formerly special adivor to Mary Harney when the National Treatment Purchase Fund was established.
Last night, BBC’s Watchdog spoke to Strictly Come Dancing presenter Claudia Winkleman about what happened last Halloween when her daughter Matilda who was wearing a witch’s costume brushed against a candle.
Matilda suffered massive injuries and had to endure many operations.
We took a look at the increase in the number of people going missing each year, something that’s worrying the Missing in Ireland Support Services. Valerie Cox has been meeting some of the families involved and the first case we heard was that of Thomas Kennedy whose body was found on a beach in Brighton and whose inquest took place last week.
Visit the Missing in Ireland Support Services here.
They say that prisoners do time on the inside, while their families do time on the outside. The St Nicholas Trust was set up in response to the needs of relatives of people sent to prison. Our reporter Brian O’Connell met with some families the trust has helped and also spoke to people about the challenges families face when a loved one is jailed.
Now, to our weekly panel on the stories that have dominated the news this week.
A possible light at the end of the tunnel for distressed mortgage holders, a scandal over our maternity services rumbling on and on, the rental-market is given a shake up, and Irish Water causes a bit of a stir in the Dáil chamber.
To look at each of these topics, and more, Sean was joined in studio by Labour Senator Aideen Hayden, Socialist Party TD Ruth Coppinger, Charlie Weston, the personal finance editor of the Irish Independent, and Niamh Lyons, political editor with Times Ireland.