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Prof Ronan O’Connell elected as new RCSI President

RCSI has announced the election of Prof Ronan O’Connell as the new President of the College. Prof O’Connell takes up office following the College’s biennial Council Elections. He replaces outgoing President, Mr Kenneth Mealy.  Prof O’Connell is Emeritus Professor of Surgery, University College Dublin (UCD) and Consultant Surgeon at St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin. An international leader…

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Surgical masks for haemodialysis patients ‘helped reduce Covid-19 infection’

The National Renal Office (NRO) has said the supply of surgical masks to haemodialysis patients – worn from when they were collected for their treatment until they returned home – helped reduce Covid-19 infection alongside other measures. Sadly, the NRO reported that 31 patients in the end-stage kidney disease population have died due to Covid-19…

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Temporary facilities needed ‘quickly’ – IMO

The IMO has told the special Oireachtas Committee on Covid-19 that a sustained investment programme for the health services is required to deal with the novel coronavirus and the “post-Covid-19 challenge”. According to the IMO, such a programme must include the building of temporary facilities to increase capacity quickly, as well as longer-term projects such as standalone…

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Challenge of replacing older GPs highlighted in workload study

GPs in Ireland work an average of 10 hours per day excluding out of hours activity and break times, according to a new study on GP workload. Published today (2 June) in the British Journal of General Practice (BJGP), the novel study monitored GP clinical and non-clinical workload via a bespoke mobile application (app). The…

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Staff sharing accommodation a problem in nursing homes in relation to Covid-19 spread – HIQA

HIQA’s board suggested at the beginning of April that consideration should be given to highlighting living arrangements for nursing home staff so that shared accommodation is avoided. At its meeting on 6 April, the minutes of which were seen by the Medical Independent, Deputy Chief Inspector for Older Person’s Services Ms Susan Cliffe set out…

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1,800 GPs sign up for chronic disease management, but pandemic slows progress

Approximately 1,800 GPs have signed up for the chronic disease management (CDM) programme however the current pandemic is slowing implementation, this newspaper has been told. “The CDM agreement is in place,” Mr Val Moran IMO Director of Industrial Relations, General Practice, Public and Community Health told the Medical Independent (MI) on 27 May. “But we…

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New vaccine for prevention of Ebola disease recommended for EU approval

The  European Medicines Agency (EMA) human medicines committee (CHMP) has recommended granting a marketing authorisation in the European Union for a new Ebola vaccine that provides active immunisation to prevent Ebola virus disease (Zaire ebolavirus species) in individuals aged 1 year and older. The recommendation to grant a marketing authorisation for the new vaccine follows…

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IMO calls again for consultant status for public health specialists

The IMO has written to Minster for Health Simon Harris regarding the introduction of consultant status for specialists in public health medicine. The move comes amid ongoing frustration among public health specialists about the lack of progress in delivering consultant status and other key supports for the specialty as they continue to play a vital…

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Redeployed maternity services staff to return to NWIHP roles

Staff redeployed from the National Women and Infants Health Programme (NWIHP) to assist in the HSE’s response to Covid-19 are “expected” to return to their roles “over the coming weeks”, according to the HSE. Seven of the programme’s nine staff members were redeployed, leaving just Clinical Director Dr Peter McKenna and another senior management colleague…

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GP OOH Association seeks extension to Covid-19 deal

The National Association of GP Co-ops has written to the HSE seeking an extension to the Covid-19 deal agreed in March. The arrangement saw the HSE agree to pay out of hours GP cooperatives 75 per cent of a co-op’s last year’s income, in place of special type consultation payments (STCs). The agreement ensured that…

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