IASP eNewsletter - Jun 2014

Irish Pain Society Testifies to Need for National Pain Strategy

A delegation from the Irish Pain Society (IPS) appeared before the Joint Committee on Health and Children in the Houses of the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament) on April 10 to discuss the need for a national pain management strategy. IPS President Laserina O’Connor outlined ways chronic pain is a public health challenge and advocated for coordinated and adequately resourced health services for pain management in primary and secondary care.

Dr. Josh Keaveney spoke on the need for pain medicine to be awarded specialty status within the Irish Health Service. He said a clinical lead director with responsibility for pain management should be appointed in the Health Service Executive to ensure that appropriate multidisciplinary resources are established.

Cathy Sexton of the Irish Pain Nurses and Midwives Society discussed the need to increase numbers of advanced nurse practitioners in pain management. And Dr. Brona Fullen, the IPS representative to EFIC, summarized research undertaken regarding the prevalence, cost, and management of chronic pain at the Centre for Pain Research in the National University of Ireland, Galway, and in the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy, and Population Science at University College Dublin. John Lindsay, chair of Chronic Pain Ireland, a patient support group, spoke about chronic pain from the patient’s perspective.

The Joint Committee on Health and Children agreed to forward a set of recommendations to the Minister for Health and Children suggesting (1) that a national strategy for pain management in Ireland be developed, (2) that a clinical lead director for pain management be appointed in the Department of Health and Children, and (3) that pain medicine be designated as a specialty in its own right.

Irish Pain Society