IMO AGM 2019

Intern place restrictions ‘very unfair’ on non-EU medical students

The HSE should increase intern training positions to allow graduates of Irish medical schools to obtain intern training in Ireland, the IMO national NCHD meeting agreed. SHO Dr Domhnall McGlacken Byrne said it was “really unfair” that some non-Irish doctors graduating from Irish medical schools were not entitled to an intern position.  Upon entering an…

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Public health doctors have ‘appetite’ for reform – HSE Chief Clinical Officer

The Chair of the HSE group charged with implementing the Crowe Horwath report on public health medicine has questioned the cost of the National Children’s Hospital compared with the “modest levels of investments” required to improve public health interventions for children. Speaking at a meeting of public and community health medicine doctors at the IMO…

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National campaign urged on dangers of cannabis

The IMO passed a motion at its AGM in Killarney urging the Department of Health to launch a national campaign “advising the dangers of cannabis use especially in young adolescents”. The motion called on the Department to “stop abrogating its responsibilities and organise a resourced campaign highlighting the dangers of cannabis use”. It was passed…

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The future of obstetrics and gynaecology ‘not optimistic’, AGM told

Trainees in obstetrics and gynaecology feel they are working in an “increasingly negative environment”, a Cork-based consultant warned delegates at the recent IMO AGM in Killarney. Speaking at the Thursday evening session of the AGM Dr Suzanne O’Sullivan, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Cork University Hospital outlined some “worrying” results from a recent survey…

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Fierce criticism of lack of national electronic patient record

The failure of the Government to roll-out a national electronic patient record received strong criticism at the recent IMO AGM in Killarney.   The Organisation passed a motion calling on the Government “as a matter of urgency and in light of the substantial risk to patient safety, to ensure there is a national electronic patient…

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Minister announces ‘process’ to look at consultant pay against backdrop of strike threats

The new IMO President has reacted positively to a promise made by Minister for Health Simon Harris at the union’s AGM to establish a process to deal with new-entrant consultant pay. The Minister made his commitment to begin the process during his speech on the Saturday afternoon of the conference. Earlier that day a number…

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Industrial action a possibility over intern induction pay

The IMO will examine the possibility of industrial action if the HSE’s “promise” of initiating intern induction pay this year is not realised, according to IMO Director of Industrial Relations, NCHDs and Consultants, Mr Anthony Owens. Speaking to the Medical Independent (MI) at the Organisation’s AGM in Killarney, Mr Owens also referred to a series…

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Fatigue causing serious risks to doctors and patients

Fatigue among doctors is causing serious challenges despite the implementation of the European Time Working Directive (EWTD), the recent IMO AGM was told. Delegates passed a motion warning that fatigue is “a danger to both the staff member and patients and the IMO calls on the Minister for Health and the HSE to immediately work…

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Excessive working hours re-emerging as major issue, NCHD meeting hears

There are “increasing stories” of junior doctors working shifts in excess of 36 hours, the IMO NCHD Committee Chair told the HSE National Director of Human Resources (HR) at the IMO AGM in Killarney. Responding to a presentation by Ms Rosarii Mannion on HR matters, Dr Paddy Hillery said doctors continued to be “compelled to…

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An agreement with wide ramifications for general practice

Paul Mulholland reports on details of the new GP deal between the IMO and Government, including the reversal of FEMPI and a package for chronic disease care, which was outlined to members at the IMO AGM The recently announced deal between the IMO and Government on the reversal of FEMPI was naturally a subject of…

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