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Protected training raised during Council inspections

The Medical Council has today published reports into two sets of inspections carried out at nine hospitals across the Dublin Midlands Hospital and Children’s Hospital Groups. The purpose of each inspection visit was to assess if and how each clinical training site is complying with Medical Council standards. The ten clinical sites were inspected in…

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Irish patients waiting three times longer for medicines than European counterparts – IPHA

Patients in Ireland are waiting three times as long to get the same medicines as patients in other comparable European countries, an analysis by the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association (IPHA) has found. IPHA, which represents the originator biopharmaceutical industry in Ireland, released new figures at its ‘Innovate For Life’ conference held on 21 November in…

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Government must address child homelessness – RCPI

The RCPI has called on the Government to urgently take action to address the serious harm to the health of thousands of children in Ireland experiencing homelessness and inadequate housing. The call was made to coincide with World Children’s Day on 20 November. Children experiencing poor housing have a 25 per cent increased risk of…

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HSE receives €26 million for Winter Plan

An additional €26 million in funding will be released as part of the HSE’s Winter Plan 2019/2020, it has been announced. The figure is €4 million below the funding package of last year’s Winter Plan, which comprised €30 million.Much of the funding will focus on reducing the delayed transfers of care (DTOC) outturn year to…

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Over 150 IMGTI doctors in Irish health service

There are 158 doctors working in the Irish health service as part of the International Medical Graduate Training Initiative (IMGTI), according to figures provided by the HSE to this newspaper. For 2019/20 there were 57 doctors who commenced the scholarship programme, according to the HSE figures. These IMG trainees are from Sudan and Pakistan; however,…

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Consultant agitation mounts as IMO set to hold ballot

The IMO Council has voted in favour of organising a ballot of its consultant and NCHD members to undertake industrial action in support of “consultant pay equality”. The decision to hold a ballot was unanimously supported by a national meeting of IMO consultants and NCHD members yesterday evening in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Stillorgan,…

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