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Most people support removal of private care from public hospitals – PHA research

Some 62 per cent of people believe private care should be removed from the public hospital system, while 69 per cent believe healthcare in Ireland should be planned and delivered by the private and public sectors working together, according to research published this morning by the Private Hospitals Association (PHA). Furthermore, 83 per cent of…

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NOCA launches five-year strategic plan

The National Office of Clinical Audit (NOCA) Strategy 2021-2025 has been launched today by Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly. The plan builds on the work of NOCA to date and outlines the direction and focus of the organisation for the next five years. NOCA is widely recognised nationally for its expertise in national clinical audit.…

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Career structure needed for future general practice, says ICGP President

A career structure is needed in general practice that will allow future GPs to lead primary care teams that respond to local needs,  President of the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) Prof Tom O’Dowd has said. Prof O’Dowd said it was important that new GPs can become a salaried partner and have a say…

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First-ever national strategic framework for postgraduate training due to be launched

The first-ever national strategic framework for postgraduate medical training across all medical and surgical specialties is due to be launched next Tuesday, 30 November.  The new 10-year strategic framework, work on which has been underway since 2019, seeks to achieve greater alignment with future healthcare planning in tandem with workforce projections under the HSE’s National…

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Doctors’ organisations deeply concerned about winter period

The prediction of a severe influenza season on top of continued Covid-19 pressures and emergency department overcrowding could result in the “most challenging winter in years”, the IHCA has warned. It comes following a statement from the IMO yesterday that hospitals and GP services are facing a “traumatic winter”. The organisations were responding to the…

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New HSE Winter Plan notes staffing as significant risk in coming months

The HSE Winter Plan 2021/2022 states the inability to attract and retain an appropriate number and caliber of staff as a “key underlying risk”. “This is particularly the case in relation to the home care and nursing home sector,” according to the document, which was published on Monday 15 November. The document notes how Covid…

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Healthcare organisations urge Govt to reduce delays and costs in resolving clinical negligence disputes

A coalition of eight leading healthcare organisations have united to urge the Government to introduce the necessary legislation for pre-action protocols without delay. Unlike other countries, solicitors in Ireland are not subject to more extensive obligations to provide specific information and medical records in a way that could resolve clinical negligence claims earlier in the…

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ENT warning on potential ‘missed cancer diagnoses’

Almost 77,000 people are on ENT waiting lists with some patients waiting up to five years, a consultant ENT surgeon warned today. Ms Mary Bresnihan, Consultant ENT Surgeon at Sligo University Hospital warned of the potential of missed cancer diagnoses. Speaking on behalf of the IHCA Ms Bresnihan said that “One of the biggest concerns…

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Increase in bariatric surgery compared to 2020

In 2021 so far there were 42 bariatric surgeries in St Vincent’s University Hospital (SVUH), Dublin and 18 bariatric surgeries in St Michael’s Hospital, Dún Laoghaire. During the same period (up until October) there were 13 bariatric procedures at University Hospital Galway (UHG). Covid-19 has impacted the rates of all surgery according to a recent…

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Medical Council President calls for comprehensive long-term medical workforce strategy

President of the Medical Council, Dr Suzanne Crowe, has called for a comprehensive medical workforce strategy, planning ahead for the next ten-to-twenty years.Speaking to newly-graduated GPs at the ICGP’s virtual graduation ceremony for 2021, Dr Crowe stated that while such a strategy may take time to develop, it was vital such work is undertaken to…

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