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RCSI appoints new Director of Physician Associate Programme

The RCSI has appointed Professor Lisa Mustone Alexander as Director of RCSI’s Physician Associate Programme. RCSI’s Physician Associate Programme was launched in 2015, and its graduates have played a critical role during the Covid-19 crisis. They have worked across surgical and medical services, with a number staffing some of the hospital testing facilities. There are…

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New HPSC advice on Covid-19 samples from patients who have been to Denmark

Covid-19 samples from patients who have arrived in Ireland from Denmark in the previous 14 days should be sent to the National Virus Reference Laboratory, the HPSC has advised.  In an advisory to healthcare professionals regarding the SARS CoV-2 mutation associated with mink farms in Denmark, Dr John Cuddihy, Interim Director of the HPSC, said…

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HIQA publishes advice on Covid-19 reinfection and immunity

HIQA has published advice on the potential for reinfection and the duration of immunity following an infection with SARS-CoV-2. The advice has been submitted to the national public health emergency team (NPHET) and is  accompanied by a supporting evidence synthesis report. In this update, HIQA has reviewed new evidence relating to the possibility of reinfection…

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Over 1,000 Covid-19 tests reported as invalid

More than 1,000 Covid-19 tests conducted since the start of the pandemic have been reported by the HSE as invalid, it has emerged. According to the HSE, to date 1,081 tests have been returned as “invalid” or “inhibitory”. In September, there were 222 such results. Up to 30 October there were 217 invalid or inhibitory…

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Formal talks between Department and IMO on nursing home care yet to take place

Formal discussions between the IMO and the Department of Health have been proposed regarding the enhancement of medical care for nursing home residents, IMO President Dr Pádraig McGarry has confirmed. Speaking to the Medical Independent, Dr McGarry said that the prospect of talks had been “mooted” by the Department but that, as yet, formal talks…

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RCPI welcomes legislative changes to help non-EEA doctors to access training

 The RCPI has welcomed news that Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, has enacted legislative changes that will help non-EEA doctors to access postgraduate specialist training in Ireland. RCPI had actively advocated for this legislative change and will continue to advocate for the expansion of training posts and wider access to these programmes, and has extended the deadline for applicants to its Basic Specialist Training programme to accommodate applications from eligible non-EEA doctors. Minister Donnelly has signed…

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IMO response still awaited on NAGP-Varadkar controversy

The IMO has yet to issue a statement on the decision by Tánaiste Leo Varadkar to give a copy of a 2019 GP agreement it negotiated with the Department of Health to rival organisation, the NAGP. Revelations about the leak emerged in Village magazine on 31 October causing considerable political upheaval, with opposition parties calling…

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