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PCRS payments rise to €3 billion in 2019

The HSE Primary Care Reimbursement Service (PCRS) made total payments and reimbursements of €3 billion last year, according to the PCRS Statistical Analysis of Claims and Payments 2019 report. Published recently, the figure is an increase when compared to total PCRS payments in 2018, which amounted to €2.9 billion. The report reveals that payments to…

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IMO seeks ‘early return’ to negotiations on public health status

The IMO has called for negotiations on the introduction of consultant status for public health specialists to begin as “soon as possible”. Speaking to the Medical Independent (MI)  a week after IMO members agreed to delay strike action for two months, Dr Ina Kelly, Chairperson of the IMO Public Health Committee, highlighted her concerns with…

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RCQPS COVID-19 funding awarded for quality and patient safety research

The Research Collaborative in Quality and Patient Safety (RCQPS) has awarded four projects funding totalling of €560,000 for new health research in quality and patient safety. RCQPS is a collaborative initiative between the Health Research Board (HRB), HSE, National Quality Improvement Team and RCPI.  It was established in 2013 to advance nationally relevant research in…

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HIQA establishes Covid-19 Expert Advisory Group to support evidence-based response

HIQA has announced details of its new structures to provide evidence-based advice and support to the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET). Earlier this month, the Government announced a move towards a sustainable response to the public health emergency. In response to requests from NPHET, HIQA now provides evidence-based advice directly to NPHET. Dr Máirín…

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New private deal should not ‘fracture’ consultant-patient relationship – IHCA

Local involvement and maintaining the “consultant and patient” relationship are two of the most important elements in any new deal between the HSE and private hospitals for Covid-19 capacity, the Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) President has told this newspaper. The HSE confirmed to the Medical Independent (MI) that talks between the Executive and the…

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Growth in registered specialists welcomed by Medical Council

The “continued growth” of doctors registered in the specialist division in 2019 has been welcomed by the Medical Council, in the context of “a shortage of consultants”. The Council’s annual report for 2019, published today, showed there were 10,923 doctors registered in the specialist division, up from 9,577 the previous year. Medical representative bodies have…

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IHCA concerned Winter Plan does not address consultant vacancies

The IHCA has expressed concern that the HSE’s Winter Plan 2020/20201 contains no clear allocation of funding to hire additional hospital consultants and other frontline professionals. Prof Alan Irvine, President of the Association, stated: “This plan is a promise to invest in services but not in the professionals required to deliver them. The big promises…

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Cholesterol lowering diet- CPD Module

1.5 CPD Hours Authors Med iLearning. Initiated, funded and reviewed by Benecol. This module provides an overview of lowering cholesterol using a dietary approach. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include the importance of preventing cardiovascular disease, the benefits of a cholesterol-lowering diet and the role of plant stanols and sterols. To earn CME credit,…

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Diabetes mellitus- CPD Module

2 CPD Hours Authors Dr Maeve Durkan, MBBS, FACP, M.Med.Ed, Consultant in Diabetes & Endocrinology, Bons Secours Hospital, Cork, Senior Clinical Lecturer in Medicine, UCC, Chair Diabetes Section IES. Member National Diabetes Clinical Advisory Group. The goal of this module is to make a diagnosis and confirm diabetes mellitus, as well as understand the differing…

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Multiple sclerosis- new and existing therapies CPD Module

2 CPD Hours Authors Dr Maria Gaughan, Newman Fellow in Neurology, St. Vincent’s University Hospital This module addresses the diagnosis and management of multiple sclerosis. Presenting symptoms, the 2017 McDonald criteria and the wide range of treatment options, their applications and risks are also discussed. The module also addresses pregnancy and MS. To earn CME…

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