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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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Donegal GP explains high rate Covid-19 in the county

High rates of Covid-19 among young people in Derry are contributing to higher than average rates of the disease in neighbouring Donegal, it has been claimed. According to Donegal GP and Chair of the IMO GP Committee Dr Denis McCauley, the vast majority of people in the county are adhering to public health guidelines. However,…

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HSE to determine scale of post-Covid illness

The HSE is examining how it can “model” the possible numbers affected by prolonged Covid-19 symptoms, according to a spokesperson. In addition, guidance is being developed to “align needs with care provision and to develop criteria and strategies for the ongoing evaluation of patients”. A national approach to long Covid is currently under consideration, confirmed…

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‘Neurosurgery planning clinical advisor’ will help develop trauma provision – HSE

A neurosurgery planning clinical advisor, with international experience of trauma, will work “in collaboration with colleagues” at the national neurosurgical centre in Beaumont Hospital to plan and develop the neurosurgical elements of Ireland’s trauma system, according to the HSE. “In particular they will advise and support the development of neurosurgical services at the two major…

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