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Ongoing recruitment difficulties at Office of State Pathologist

Recruitment to senior positions at the Office of the State Pathologist “remains challenging” in the context of a worldwide shortage of forensic pathologists, according to Acting Chief State Pathologist Dr Linda Mulligan. A second competition for the Chief State Pathologist post and a competition for a State Pathologist post were unsuccessful in 2019, outlines Dr…

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HIQA publishes evidence of duration of Covid-19 infectiousness

HIQA has published an evidence summary on international studies looking at the duration of infectiousness in people who test positive for COVID-19. Public health measures such as self-isolation and restriction of movements (or quarantine) are used to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2 within communities. Until now, people with COVID-19 were expected to self-isolate for 14…

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Government must prepare for ‘winter like no other’, says new IHCA President as waiting lists increase

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) has warned health leaders that action must be taken now to address hospital capacity deficits before the winter months. A total of 72,695 people have now been added to various National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) waiting lists in 2020, as the latest figures (for August 2020) show: 841,459 people on…

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New leadership at IHCA as national officers announced

The IHCA has today announced the election of its National Officers for the period 2020/2021. The officers elected to lead the representative body are: President – Prof Alan Irvine, Consultant Dermatologist at Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin. Vice President – Dr Gabrielle Colleran, Consultant Radiologist, Children’s Health Ireland at Temple Street. Treasurer – Prof Clare…

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Mixed views among GPs on potential Covid-19 self-referral system

NIAMH CAHILL Some GPs are calling for the development of new approaches for managing concerns related to Covid-19 following an explosion in contacts to GP surgeries in recent days. Several GPs have reported a significant increase in Covid-19-related calls, particularly from concerned parents as children return to school. In particular, GPs have reported an huge…

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Covid-19 animal testing to take place only when 'scientific rationale'- Department

To date, no animals have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 virus in Ireland, a Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) spokesperson told the Medical Independent (MI) last month. On current and future testing of animals, the spokesperson said resources and equipment is prioritised for human Covid-19 cases and animal testing would only take place…

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Minister announces further winter planning measures

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has today announced the extension of GP special payments to ensure Covid-19 consultations remain free of charge to everyone. The Minister also confirmed that an expanded flu vaccination programme will roll out this autumn. Minister Donnelly said: “GPs are an essential part of our approach to dealing with Covid-19.  They…

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RCSI research highlights harm in mixing alcohol and medication

RCSI researchers have found that the combined use of alcohol and medications can cause more than one in four adults over the age of 65 to be vulnerable to potentially serious alcohol-medication interactions, which can lead to falls and other accidents, gastrointestinal bleeds and liver damage. These alcohol-medication interactions can manifest in the form of…

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