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National Covid-19 Vaccination Strategy announced

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has today announced the National COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy, which outlines Ireland’s high-level plan for “safe, effective and efficient vaccination of the population, while safeguarding continued provision of health and social care services”. Separately, the European Medicines Agency has indicated it may make a decision on the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine application earlier…

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Significant fall in ED presentations in first half of year

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Presentations to hospital emergency departments (ED) fell by almost 20 per cent in the first six months of 2020 when compared to the same time period in 2019, new data from the HSE reveals. Following the emergence of Covid-19 cases here in late February and the lockdown in late March presentations to hospitals fell significantly…

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Recruited HCWs tested positive in Citywest

A small number of recent positive cases of Covid-19 in healthcare workers (HCWs) who quarantined at Citywest were “isolated” and “sporadic” cases associated with travel, the HSE has stated.  The Medical Independent (MI) understands a small number of HCWs recruited by Our Lady of Lourdes (OLOL), Drogheda, who quarantined at the facility on arrival, tested…

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Departments discussing WHO Covid-19 Technology Access Pool

Government departments are still discussing Ireland’s relationship with the World Health Organisation’s (WHO)  Covid-19 Technology Access Pool (C-TAP). The international pool aims to make the health technology, intellectual property and data behind Covid-19 treatments and vaccines as accessible as possible. In October the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) told the Medical Independent (MI) that Ireland…

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Training sites used by RCSI Bahrain under spotlight in new human rights complaint

Today a complaint has been filed with four United Nations Special Rapporteurs detailing allegations of human rights abuses relating to medical facilities and personnel in Bahrain. Some of the medical facilities are used for training by RCSI Bahrain. Details of the complaint have been submitted to the Medical Council ahead of its planned accreditation of…

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Cabinet approves publication of legislation to enable new consultant contract

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath today secured cabinet agreement for the publication of the Public Service Pay Bill (2020) which “will enable progress” on implementation of the Sláintecare consultant contract – a key element of the Sláintecare health reform agenda. The contract will require consultants employed by the State to focus…

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Minister for Health announces the allocation strategy for Covid-19 vaccines

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has today announced the allocation strategy for Covid-19 vaccines, following sign-off from Cabinet. The strategy prioritises those over the age of 65 living in long-term care facilities, frontline healthcare workers who are in direct patient contact and those aged 70 and over. The Covid-19 Vaccine Allocation Strategy is available to…

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Burnout, bullying and excess hours raised in new Council Report

The Medical Council has warned that  a new report highlights significant challenges facing doctors  “such as …burnout, bullying issues and doctors working in excess of the European Working Time Directive”. The Medical Council published its Medical Workforce Intelligence Report for 2019 – 2020 at lunchtime today. The Council added that the “data also reveals that…

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Thoracic Society calls for dedicated respiratory units due to Covid-19 impact

Respiratory services are suffering from longer waiting lists, delayed diagnosis, treatment and care, and problems with access to diagnostics, inadequate staffing and insufficient bed capacity, according to a new survey. The survey of respiratory consultants, which was conducted by the Irish Thoracic Society, has revealed the unprecedented impact of Covid-19 on respiratory healthcare services. A…

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