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31st IHCA AGM 2019

31st IHCA AGM 2019 By sa | October 1, 2019 | 0 Comments ShareTweetShareWhatsAppEmail0 Shares Work needs to be done to stop young Irish doctors going abroad By David Lynch | October 1, 2019 | 0 Comments Young Irish doctors need to be provided with an “option other than exit” from Ireland, the IHCA AGM…

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Work needs to be done to stop young Irish doctors going abroad

Young Irish doctors need to be provided with an “option other than exit” from Ireland, the IHCA AGM heard. “The rate at which Irish doctors are opting to emigrate to Australia and elsewhere is unsustainable,” according to Dr Niamh Humphries (PhD), Reader in Health Systems Research at the RCPI, who interviewed young Irish doctors in…

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Ball in ‘Government’s court’

The ball “is in the Government’s court now” on the matter of the recruitment and retention of consultants, IHCA Vice President and Consultant Rheumatologist in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Dr Laura Durcan told the media at the recent IHCA AGM. “We have outlined our concerns and the innumerable risks that our members face every day and…

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Former IHCA Presidents outline serious challenges

Two former IHCA Presidents have highlighted the serious challenges facing the health service. Speaking to this newspaper at the recent IHCA AGM, Consultant Surgeon in St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, Mr Denis Evoy said “equalisation of pay is the most important issue that I would raise with him [Minister for Health Simon Harris] and the…

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High Court settlement ‘behind schedule’, warns IHCA

The High Court settlement on the failure of the State to honour the terms of the 2008 consultant contract with hospital consultants “is being implemented but progress is significantly behind schedule”, according to the IHCA’s annual report. The report noted, to date, that 2,548 consultant applicants have been confirmed as eligible by the HSE and…

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Anger expressed at Minister no show

The failure of Minister for Health Simon Harris to attend the recent IHCA AGM, for the second year in a row, generated some anger among delegates at the AGM. The Minister was due to address the AGM, but the Association’s Secretary General Mr Martin Varley received a call on the Thursday before the AGM to…

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IHCA national council to examine ‘necessary measures’ to restore pay parity

The IHCA national council will examine different measures to “restore pay parity to new consultants” following the adoption of a motion at the Association’s recent AGM in Stillorgan, Dublin. The lack of pay parity for new-entrant consultants, who were appointed since October 2012, was one of the main issues discussed by delegates at the well…

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31st IHCA AGM 2019 preview

‘A sustainable plan is needed to stabilise recruitment and retention of consultants’ By Dr Donal O’Hanlon, IHCA President | September 11, 2019 | 0 Comments President of the IHCA Dr Donal O’Hanlon expresses concern about the continued gaps in care experienced in the Irish health service The Association launched its social media campaign #CareCantWait in…

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‘A sustainable plan is needed to stabilise recruitment and retention of consultants’

President of the IHCA Dr Donal O’Hanlon expresses concern about the continued gaps in care experienced in the Irish health service The Association launched its social media campaign #CareCantWait in June to highlight the unacceptable delays in providing timely, high-quality hospital and mental healthcare which would not be tolerated in any comparable OECD country.   We…

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‘The most significant opportunity is to fully staff our consultant teams by restoring parity for new consultants’

Secretary General of the IHCA Mr Martin Varley outlines the capacity deficits in the health service and what the Association’s  #CareCantWait campaign aims to achieve Our hospital services are in a state of crisis because we have so many vacant consultant posts, insufficient bed capacity and a lack of other facilities. These factors have resulted…

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