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IMO slams Budget announcement

The IMO has accused the Government of not being serious about reform, while doing nothing to stem the constant flow of younger doctors emigrating to other countries that offer them better working conditions and pay. The President of the IMO, Dr. Padraig McGarry, also warned that the proposal to extend free GP care to children up to…

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IHF says Budget doesn’t do enough to drive down smoking rates

Responding to today’s Budget Statement by Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, Irish Heart Foundation Head of Advocacy, Chris Macey said: “The Irish Heart Foundation welcomes the continuing policy of annual price hikes on cigarettes which have spearheaded an historic reduction in smoking rates particularly among young people in Ireland. “But much…

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‘Positive’ trends in mortality from stroke

There are positive trends in mortality from stroke according to the new National Stroke Register 2018 Annual Report from the HSE National Stroke Programme (NSP).  “The report shows very encouraging trends in mortality from stroke due to blood clotting, explained in part by better medical treatments but also by faster provision of care,” said Dr…

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Lowest number of new entrant doctors since 2015

In 2018 there were 2,190 doctors who registered with the Medical Council for the first time. This represents the lowest number of entrants since 2015. That is according to the Medical Workforce Intelligence Report for 2018, produced by the Medical Council and launched today. According to the Report, most new entrants to the register were…

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State pathologist’s office ‘in flux’ and locum-dependent- acting head

The Office of the State Pathologist (OSP) is “currently in a state of flux” and support for the national forensic pathology service will be provided by a succession of locum pathologists until the relevant appointments are made, according to Acting State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis In his forward to the Office’s annual report (2018), Dr…

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Women’s Health Taskforce established

The first meeting of a new Women’s Health Taskforce, established by Minister for Health Simon Harris, has taken place today. The taskforce is led by the Secretary General of the Department of Health Mr Jim Breslin and the Director General of the European Institute for Women’s Health Ms Peggy Maguire, in partnership with the National…

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HSE launches national model of care for people with severe and enduring mental illness and complex needs

A new model of care for people with severe mental illness and complex needs has been launched by the HSE. The Model of Care is part of a range of initiatives that have been developed by the HSE to provide recovery focused care for service users including; the establishment of two national Specialised Rehabilitation Units (SRUs) and…

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Fourteen doctors removed over indemnity requirements

Failure to provide satisfactory evidence of indemnity cover led to 14 doctors being removed from the medical register in 2018. The Medical Practitioners (Amendment) Act 2017 introduced new legal requirements for all doctors registered or applying to register with the Council regarding levels of professional medical indemnity. In May 2018, the Council highlighted the new legal provisions in…

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