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IMO and Department due to discuss status of public health specialists later this month

The IMO is due to meet the Department of Health later this month regarding the implementation of the Crowe Horwath report on public health specialists and achieving consultant status for the group,  the Medical Independent (MI) can report. The IMO has met with the Department of Health a number of times, following a ballot for…

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Warning on over-prescribing benzodiazepines, Z-drugs and pregabalin

As first revealed recently in the Medical Independent (MI), the Medical Council has issued a statement on over prescription of benzodiazepines, z-drugs and pregabalin, with the regulator set to place greater focus on this issue in the coming months. The Council said today that it takes “a very serious view” of over-prescribing of benzodiazepines, z-drugs…

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€20m funding announced for 122 Sláintecare projects

Minister for Health Simon Harris has announced the successful applicants for the €20 million Sláintecare Integration Fund. Over 477 projects applied to the fund and 122 projects from across the country were successful. According to the Department of Health, successful projects meet the goals outlined under Sláintecare, demonstrating “innovative ways” in which citizens can engage…

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GP emigration rate has halved in past two years

An ICGP survey of GP trainees and recent graduates (2014-2018) has found that while 35 per cent of GPs trainees are considering emigration, the numbers of GPs working abroad has fallen below 10 per cent. The main reasons given for emigration among trainees and recent graduates was “quality of life” and “concerns regarding the viability…

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New alliance aimed at improving vaccination rates launched

Minister for Health Simon Harris has launched the ‘vaccine alliance’ aimed at boosting the uptake of childhood vaccines and reducing vaccine hesitancy. The alliance will include healthcare professionals, policy makers, patient advocates, students, and representatives from groups most affected by vaccine hesitancy. The Minister said: “The immense suffering that today’s vaccine preventable diseases caused to…

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Medical Council launches new statement of strategy

The Medical Council has today published its Statement of Strategy for 2019 to 2023. Since its appointment in June of 2018, the current Council has prioritised the development of the new Statement of Strategy, building on the previous strategy and following engagement with members, a range of relevant stakeholders, and a review of international best…

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Replacing outdated equipment identified as priority under capital plan

A total of €39.5 million is being allocated to the HSE’s National Equipment Replacement Programme in 2019, according to the HSE’s new capital plan, which has been published. According to the Capital Plan 2019, which covers 2019-2021, the shortfalls in capital allocations for these programmes over the last decade and, particularly in 2018, when they…

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Medical Council updates section on conscientious objection in ethical guide

The Medical Council has today issued an updated edition of its Guide to Professional Conduct and Ethics for Registered Medical Professionals. This new version amends the eighth edition of the guide, which was released in 2016, and contains revised guidance for doctors following the enactment of the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018.…

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Communication most common reason for complaints – Council’s annual report

Nearly one-in-five complaints about doctors in 2018 related to communication, according to the Medical Council’s annual report. This is in keeping with a pattern over recent years. Some 396 complaints were received and 29 fitness to practise inquiries were completed during the year. Meanwhile, 33 cases were managed for performance assessment in 2018 with 10…

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