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Call for innovative solutions for chronic disease

A national call by Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI) for businesses to provide innovative solutions for healthcare as well as a specific call for the prevention, early diagnosis, and self-management of chronic illness will run until the end of January. Applications may be submitted to either the ‘open call’, for innovations that address any healthcare…

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‘Constructive’ meeting with Harris on consultant contract – IMO

The IMO today met with the Minister for Health Simon Harris for “a positive and professional engagement” on consultant matters, including the Government’s proposals on a ‘public only’ consultant contract. Dr Matthew Sadlier, a former President of the IMO and member of its consultant committee, said: “Given the current crisis in our consultant numbers and…

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Cancellation of essential surgery in Cork ‘not acceptable’ – IHCA

The IHCA has warned that the decision yesterday to cancel all elective surgery at Cork’s public hospitals will have severe knock-on consequences for patient health outcomes. Management at Cork hospitals announced that they intend to cancel elective surgery in the region’s hospitals for three days from Monday to Wednesday, inclusive. It is understood that this decision…

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High risk ratings noted in new MHC reports

A total of 12 areas of high risk non compliance and one “critical” have been identified at three sites in new inspection reports from the Mental Health Commission (MHC). The MHC today published four inspection reports from approved centres in Cork, Dublin, and Clare. “Three of the inspection reports released today had high risk ratings…

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New consultant contract to be introduced in second quarter of 2020 – Ministers

Minister for Health Simon Harris and Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe have announced a new Sláintecare contract for consultants. From Q2, 2020, all future consultant appointments “will be to the new Sláintecare consultant contract” which requires consultants employed by the State to focus 100 per cent of their time on public-only…

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Medical Council achieves international quality accreditation

The Medical Council has become the first regulatory body in the country to achieve international accreditation from the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) External Evaluation Association (IEEA), for their assessor training programme. The Council is responsible for the quality assurance role in medical undergraduate and postgraduate training in Ireland. An assessor team,…

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HSE to extend activity-based funding

Activity-based funding (ABF) will be extended in 2020 to community services, according to the HSE National Service Plan 2020. The Medical Independent (MI) recently detailed how the implementation had stalled due to a range of factors and the completion of a second ABF implementation plan had been delayed. However, ABF has been identified as a…

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