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GPs vote in favour of €210m IMO GP deal

The President of the IMO has welcomed GPs voting in favour of the IMO’s €210 million deal with the Government but has cautioned that this must be viewed in the context of a first step towards the development of a fully resourced GP service. Dr Padraig McGarry said that the results of the ballot of…

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NAGP goes into liquidation

The NAGP has entered into voluntary liquidation, GP members have been informed.  In an official member update from NAGP Directors Drs Andrew Jordan and James Stacey, issued at lunchtime today (Wednesday 22 May), it was announced the trade union’s holding company (NAGP) had entered voluntary liquidation with “regret and a heavy heart”.  The “business part”…

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Department to spend €60,000 on IT security

The Department of Health has announced plans to further safeguard its IT systems from cyber-attacks. The Department is currently seeking a provider to undertake the work, which it has estimated will cost around €60,000 (excluding VAT) over two years. A “managed and monitored” service is sought for the Department’s “firewall, perimeter security infrastructure, WAN interfaces…

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Dangers of maternal smoking highlighted in new study

The rare but sometimes life-threatening condition bacterial meningitis is 49 per cent more likely to occur among children aged five and under born to mothers who smoked, according to a new study. Data analysis of children under the age of five years in Scotland found that 12 per cent of hospital admissions for bacterial meningitis, 10 per cent for bronchiolitis,…

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Ireland’s largest provider of private healthcare set for merger with US group

A merger between Ireland’s largest independent hospital group and a major US health provider is due to be completed by the end of the summer, the Medical Independent (MI) has learned. In a recent staff communication, it was announced that Bon Secours Health System (BSHS) is to merge with Bon Secours Mercy Health (BSMH) in…

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Bill to introduce ‘opt-out’ donation system published

Minister for Health Simon Harris has welcomed Government approval for the publication of the General Scheme of a Human Tissue (Transplantation, Post-Mortem, Anatomical Examination, and Public Display) Bill. The approval made today is for the Bill that will  regulate the removal, retention, storage, use and disposal of human tissue from deceased persons and also  provide…

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IMO President concerned over anti-vaccination trend

The IMO President Dr Padraig McGarry has warned that widespread misinformation regarding vaccination programmes poses a huge danger to Irish people and must be combated throughout society. “I am seriously concerned about the rise of the anti-vax movement and what that means in Ireland,” said Dr McGarry. “Our vaccination programmes keep children and adults alike…

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