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DoH ‘has policy discretion’ on training access for ‘stamp 4’ doctors

The IMO has made its position “very clear” to the Department of Health that all international doctors holding stamp 4 residency should be deemed equivalent to EU nationals when applying for training. Ahead of an IMO webinar on international doctors’ issues on Tuesday 3 August at 7pm, Industrial Relations Officer Mr Paul Maier said the…

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Late restoration of overtime payment ‘frustrating’ – IMO

The IMO has said it is “incredibly frustrated” by the late restoration of overtime payments to healthcare workers from July, which means they will now receive some payments in arrears. On 1 July 2021, overtime and rates impacted by the Haddington Road Agreement were due to revert to prior arrangements under the new public service…

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Views on doctors’ professional conduct and ethics sought

The Medical Council has extended a public consultation as part of a review of the Guide to Professional Conduct and Ethics for Registered Medical Practitioners for a further two weeks until 18 August 2021 “due to high interest”. The Guide provides guidance to doctors on matters related to professional conduct and ethics, including prescribing, responsibilities…

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Consultant posts for public health doctors due to be advertised

Further to the recent agreement reached between the IMO and the HSE and Department of Health, the first phase of this agreement is underway with a total of 34 posts to be advertised. A delegation from the IMO public health committee met with the HSE’s Chief Clinical Officer’s (CCO) office recently and noted implementation of…

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HIQA advises Minister to introduce birth cohort testing for hepatitis C virus

HIQA has published a health technology assessment (HTA) recommending the introduction of once-off testing for the hepatitis C virus (HCV) to people in Ireland born between 1965 and 1985. The Authority has advised the Minister for Health that implementation of a birth cohort testing programme would be cost-effective and help Ireland achieve its HCV elimination…

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Antimicrobial resistance to eight bacteria cost an additional €12m in extra bed days in 2019 – HIQA

HIQA has published a report on the significant economic burden of antimicrobial resistant infections on Irish public acute hospitals in 2019. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a global public health concern, driven largely by excessive and inappropriate use of antimicrobials in human and animal populations. At the request of the Department of Health, HIQA undertook an analysis of…

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Almost two-thirds of Covid-19 deaths occurring in unvaccinated groups

Around 59 per cent of Covid-19 deaths during a recent two month period occurred in people who were unvaccinated, according to new data from the HSE.  The majority of deaths that occurred between 14 May and 13 July where vaccination status was known occurred in unvaccinated groups, an update published on Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC)…

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GPs are now reaching the ‘natural end’ of vaccination clinics

GPs are now reaching the “natural end” of vaccination clinics as it becomes more difficult to fill vaccine appointments with greater numbers now vaccinated, according to IMO GP Committee Chairman Dr Denis MacCauley.  Around 700 GPs have continued to vaccinate patients throughout the summer months after the completion of older and more vulnerable cohorts earlier…

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Staff shortages highlighted in new HIQA report on children’s services

A new HIQA report of children’ services in 2020 found “noticeable improvements” but that “the quality of key systems such as risk management, monitoring and quality assurance requires improvement”. “Staff shortages in some areas impacted on the timely provision of services to children,” according to the Authority. HIQA’s head of children’s services, Ms Eva Boyle…

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€2 million investment into National Irish Covid-19 Biobank

An investment of €2 million investment will be made into the new National Irish Covid-19 Biobank (NICB), it has been announced. Established by the Health Research Board at the request of the Department of Health, the biobank is designed to ensure that Covid-19 samples/data are collected in a coordinated and harmonised manner, and that a…

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