Petitioning Department of Health

#DoubleUp for IBD


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The Irish Society for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis (ISCC) has launched the #DoubleUp campaign, calling for the number of specialist nurses for people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) to double from the current number of 14 to at least 28, bringing Ireland in line with international best practice. 

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) encompasses at least two separate disorders that cause inflammation of the small and large intestines: Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Both are serious and under recognised diseases - life-long conditions for which there is no cure. People living with these conditions are at increased risk of developing colorectal cancer and dying prematurely.

Approximately 40,000 people in Ireland have IBD (our colitis rate is one of the highest in the world), and most people are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 30. Around 1,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in Ireland.

But research shows that 45% of Irish hospitals have no specialist IBD nurse; depending on where you live, you have no access to a nurse.

The ISCC is calling on the Government to prioritise improving specialist nursing support for everyone living with IBD in Ireland.

Sign the petition today to encourage Ireland to reach international best practice and #DoubleUp their IBD nurses today.


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