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Service Plan states senior managers must continue to tighten financial controls

Any excess costs incurred above the budgets or financial limits, at the end of this year, will have to be dealt with by the relevant Community Healthcare Organisation (CHO), Hospital Group or voluntary organisation, according to the HSE National Service Plan 2020. The HSE’s 2020 budget of €17,056 million is an increase of €1,006 million (6.3…

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Acute hospitals ‘will need to reduce pay costs’ – HSE service plan

Acute hospitals are currently operating ahead of approved employment levels and will need to “reduce pay costs in order to manage within the available resources for 2020”, according to the HSE National Service Plan for next year. “The service impact of the necessary adjustments will be closely monitored,” states the plan, which has been published…

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Drogheda interns may ballot for industrial action

Interns at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, may ballot for industrial action due to what the IMO has described as an unwillingness of the hospital to engage on rostering issues. Mr Paul Maier, Industrial Relations Officer at the IMO, said the union had contacted the hospital in August seeking engagement on a number of…

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ICGP announces partnership with Vhi for diabetes patients

The ICGP, in association with Ireland’s biggest health insurer Vhi, has announced a structured care programme for diabetes patients in selected GP practices in Ireland. The College said this programme “fully aligns” with national policy on chronic disease management (CDM) and the extension of community-based care models. As part of the programme, Vhi customers in…

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2,360 GMS GPs have now signed up to agreement

At the begging of November, a total of 2,360 GMS GPs had signed up to the first part of the GP agreement reached between the IMO and the Government earlier this year. According to new figures, provided to the Medical Independent (MI) by the HSE, this number constitutes 94 per cent of the GMS GPs.…

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RCSI granted ‘university’ title

RCSI has been authorised to use the title of university in Ireland, Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh and Minister of State with responsibility for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor have announced. The medical institution, founded by Royal Charter in 1784, has had permission to use the title overseas since 2015. The order for…

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Medical Council President reminds doctors of ethical responsibilities

Following the publication of research earlier this week relating to the high proportion of surveyed doctors who self-prescribe medication and prescribe for family and friends, the Medical Council is reiterating its guidance to doctors on their prescribing practices. Speaking following the publication of the study in the Journal of Medical Ethics, the President of the…

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HIQA recommends a minimally-invasive alternative to open heart surgery

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has published a health technology assessment (HTA) recommending that the Minister for Health and the HSE consider extending transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI)  to patients with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis at intermediate and low risk of surgical complications. TAVI is described by HIQA as “a minimally-invasive alternative to…

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Mandatory open disclosure Bill published

A Bill providing for mandatory open disclosure of specified serious patient safety incidents has been published today. According to the Department of Health, the new Patient Safety (Notifiable Patient Safety Incidents) Bill 2019 will legislate for a number of important patient safety measures.   Speaking today, the Minister for Health Simon Harris said “I want us…

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New guidance on appropriate use of psychotropic drugs in dementia

Minister for Health Simon Harris has launched a new national clinical guideline on the appropriate prescribing of psychotropic medication for non-cognitive symptoms in people with dementia. The guideline was developed by a multidisciplinary group supported by the HSE’s National Dementia Office and the Offices of the National Directors for Acute and Community Operations. The guideline…

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