The Ireland healthcare service is in turmoil.
It seems there isn’t a day that goes by without headlines reporting on a failing Ireland healthcare service. Recruitment issues and limited bed capacity in secondary care are once again taking the brunt of the anger.
Emily O’Conor in the Irish Times has written an impassioned article titled:
Healthcare services are stretched throughout the world, Ireland being no different. The systems in place just cannot cope with the demand. From consultants to the pharmacy counter assistant, work is being carried out each day and to the best of their ability even in the face of higher demands. The treatment of ill health is putting immense pressures on frontline staff, stretching the workforce to breaking point.
Ireland Healthcare service demand is immense
The demand for treating more complex medical conditions is forever rising as our knowledge and technology improves. The supply of money to fund such services is perpetually tight and the problems only seem to be worsening.
The first National Patient Experience Survey for Ireland took place in May 2017. The survey results did not paint a rosy picture; just over half of the respondents reported a very good overall experience.
If we all value our healthcare services and wish or expect a very good overall experience, we must do something to help relieve some of the pressure.
Taking more personal responsibility can truly help to lessen the demand on the Ireland healthcare service.
Let us all be more ambitious from consultants, GPs and pharmacists. From the public as a whole, we can all do more. Don’t settle for mediocrity!
Taking responsibility through maintaining a healthier lifestyle, will reduce the healthcare demand and save money. Lots of it.
Stop smoking advice is now thankfully embedded in our psyche. We are also generally aware of the need to reduce our intake of alcohol, fat and salt. Losing excess weight is just as critical.
It is troubling that weight loss advice given by healthcare professionals can be muddled and of poor quality. Often linked to the same addictive pathways as smoking, food is a vice that needs controlling effectively using proven scientific methods and not those found at the back of Sunday magazines.
It is a terrible shame that effective weight management is still not taken as seriously as stopping smoking when we know how strongly obesity is linked to ill health and especially type 2 diabetes.
Pharmacy is already offering an effective solution; Lipotrim.
The Lipotrim pharmacy weight management programme has been available throughout Ireland for many years without needing to re-brand or re-formulate.
Lipotrim works and the wealth of data collected proves it.
Interested pharmacies can open a Lipotrim account within hours.
Lipotrim delivers predictable, healthy and rapid weight losses whilst addressing the critical issues that surround successful dieting, namely reduced hunger levels and maintaining nutritional completeness. Under the supervision of the pharmacist, any medical issues that arise, can be dealt with immediately and professionally, liaising with other healthcare professionals where necessary.
Lipotrim doesn’t cost the health service a penny since it is funded entirely by the patients themselves. In fact, the savings made through fewer patients suffering from type 2 diabetes (diabetic remission can occur within days), high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease as a consequence of losing weight could easily stretch to millions of Euros.
It is important to note that 60% of adults in Ireland are either overweight or obese. It is therefore statistically likely that many of you reading this; a healthcare professional, pharmacist, member of the public and your friends and family are all in a position to take up this call for change.