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Government launches Healthy Ireland strategic action plan 2021-25

The Department of Health’s Healthy Ireland Strategic Action Plan 2021-2025 has been published today. According to the Department, it will involve a comprehensive cross-government approach, with a total of 14 Government departments responsible for implementing actions for the next five years. Some of the targets for the next three years, which Healthy Ireland aims to…

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Many GPs expected not to continue Covid-19 vaccinations after vulnerable groups have been vaccinated

The IMO is in talks with the HSE on GPs continuing to administer Covid-19 vaccinations after vulnerable patient groups have been vaccinated, the Organisation has told its GP members. In an email to GPs with updates on the vaccination programme on Friday 7 May, the IMO revealed that GPs who wish to continue with an…

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2,700 doctors took RCPI exams using remote invigilation technology

The RCPI has announced that 2,700 doctors, from 38 countries, have taken its written membership examinations for postgraduate medical qualifications during the past year using advanced remote examination invigilation technology developed by TestReach. The RCPI expects the number of doctors sitting examinations using TestReach’s technology to increase during 2021. TestReach, an Irish company, has doubled…

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INMO conference calls for urgent action on long Covid

Frontline nurses and midwives experiencing long-term Covid symptoms are not getting the medical or employment supports they need, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) Annual Delegate Conference has warned. The union’s conference will hear from four nurses tomorrow who will outline ongoing severe symptoms from a Covid infection months later, including extreme exhaustion, brain…

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Covid-19 vaccination begins for medically vulnerable in homeless services

The Minister of State for Public Health, Wellbeing and the National Drugs Strategy, Frank Feighan, has welcomed the commencement of the Covid-19 vaccination programme for medically vulnerable people living in homeless services in Dublin city. Today the Minister attended the temporary vaccination clinic set up by the HSE in Dublin city centre. The clinic will…

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Paediatric inpatient and day case facility opened in NOHC

The National Orthopaedic Hospital Cappagh (NOHC) has opened a dedicated paediatric inpatient and day case facility to assist Children’s Health Ireland in addressing increasing numbers of patients waiting for time-dependent orthopaedic surgery. Pictured L-R are: Ms Val Connolly, Director of Nursing, NOHC; Ms Angela Lee, CEO, NOHC; and Ms Aoife Gallagher, Chief Operations Officer, NOHC

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