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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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IMO ‘disappointed’ by HSE Winter Plan

The IMO has said it is “disappointed” with the HSE’s Winter Plan.  Dr Padraig McGarry, President of the IMO, said that while the increased resources are welcome, they must be judged against the unprecedented scale of the challenges facing the health services over the coming months.   Dr McGarry said: “Facing into the first full winter of Covid…

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HIQA inspection reports finds non-compliance in 20 centres

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has today published 36 inspection reports on residential centres for older people. According to a statement from HIQA “of the 36 reports published, inspectors found evidence of good practice and compliance with the regulations and standards in 16 centres.” “In general, these centres were found to be meeting…

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HSE Winter Plan announced

The HSE’s Winter Plan 2020/20201 has been supported with an allocation of €600 million, it has been announced. It is proposed to open an additional 251 acute beds and 89 sub-acute beds in the three months of 2020 and an additional 232 acute beds at the beginning of next year. The ongoing provision of Covid-19…

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