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National public engagement survey on the future of health information in Ireland commences

A National Public Engagement Survey on Health Information is underway to ask the public their views on how their health information should be collected, used and shared.  The survey is being run by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA), in partnership with the Department of Health and the Health Service Executive (HSE). It is…

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Few people infected with SARS-CoV-2 asymptomatic, according to review

Most people who become infected with SARS-CoV-2 will not remain asymptomatic throughout the course of the infection, according to the results of a recently published systematic review and meta-analysis. Much focus has been placed on the asymptomatic nature of Covid-19 since the pandemic emerged, but researchers now believe few people will remain truly symptomatic throughout…

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OPD waiting lists continue to increase

The number of people awaiting an outpatient department (OPD) appointment here has increased further, jumping by almost 10 per cent from March to September. More than 612,000 patients are waiting  for OPD care compared to 557,000 in early March, according to new data published by the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF). Over 149,000 individuals or…

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Options for ‘service expansion’ of test and trace model being considered – HSE

The HSE’s Future Operating Model for Test and Trace has been presented to the HSE Board, with further work “now underway to consider options for additional service expansion”. Implementation “for many parts commenced in the summer months”, said a HSE spokesperson. The HSE confirmed it submitted costs to the Department of Health and this is…

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Irish Doctors Choir support MSF Covid-19 Crisis Fund

On Sunday 29 of November at 7.30 pm, the Irish Doctors Choir will live-stream their autumn concert to raise money for MSF Covid-19 Crisis Fund.  During the pandemic lockdown, the Irish Doctors Choir have joined together online from their own homes all across Ireland and beyond, while many of them continued to work in their health services. The choir formed…

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Medical scientists vote to ballot for industrial action if progress not made on pay dispute

Medical scientists have voted at their AGM to ballot for industrial action if early progress is not made on a longstanding pay dispute. Medical Laboratory Scientists Association (MLSA) Chairperson, Mr Kevin O’Boyle, said members have voted to seek a substantial pay increase and if this is not achieved the sector will ballot for industrial action –…

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EXCLUSIVE: Private hospitals set to reject additional capacity proposal

Several private healthcare providers look set to reject a HSE “safety net” proposal seeking additional capacity in private hospitals in the event of a surge in cases of Covid-19, the Medical Independent (MI) understands. Agreement has yet to be reached on contingency arrangements, with talks continuing, despite an urgency among HSE officials to secure a…

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