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Flexible trainees in surgery ‘often working 40 hours’

Surgical trainees undertaking flexible training are “often working” 40 hours per week, yet this additional time is “not recognised” towards training, the Medical Independent (MI) can report. A meeting between officials from the HSE and RCSI, the minutes of which were obtained by MI under Freedom of Information law, heard that this creates “a huge…

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Activity-based funding implementation ‘stalled’

Progress in implementing activity-based funding (ABF) has stalled due to a range of factors, a high-level policy document obtained by the Medical Independent (MI) through Freedom of Information law has revealed. The second ABF implementation plan is still being developed, two years after the first plan, which covered the years 2015-2017, came to an end.…

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Irish research planned on ‘vaccine hesitancy’ – Immunisation Programme

A bid for new funding for research on ‘vaccine hesitancy’ in Ireland has been submitted to the HSE and will also be sent to the Department of Health, this newspaper understands. The issue of vaccine hesitancy was raised at the July meeting of the National Immunisation Programme, minutes of which have been seen by the…

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Over 900 doctors removed after failure to pay Council fee

Some 983 doctors were removed from the medical register after failure to pay their registration fee this year. The list of doctors was sent to Minister for Health Simon Harris in August, according to documents obtained by the Medical Independent under Freedom of Information law. “The listed practitioners have had their registration removed for failure…

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Litigation risks contribute to ‘attrition’ in BST obstetrics – IOG

The RCPI Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (IOG) has highlighted “increasing attrition” in its basic specialist training (BST) programme due to working conditions and mounting litigation risks. According to minutes of a spring service level agreement (SLA) review meeting between the IOG and HSE, the Institute noted “the increasing attrition at BST due to the…

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Medical education funding model may be ‘unsustainable’ – IMSC

The model for funding Irish medical education will become unsustainable if international students cannot access an internship in Ireland or their home country, the Chair of the Irish Medical Schools Council (IMSC) has warned Minister for Health Simon Harris. The letter from Ms Carmel Malone, on behalf of the heads of Ireland’s six medical schools,…

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Old radiological machines failing during procedures

An internal HSE document has highlighted the problem of outdated radiological devices ‘failing’ during clinical procedures, the Medical Independent (MI) can reveal. “Reliability monitoring” of radiology equipment by the HSE’s corporate estates section over the last three years has allowed for data to be produced on the most “unreliable” radiological equipment across HSE-funded hospitals. According…

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Sláintecare ‘presents political challenges’

Focus on strategy instead of implementation “too often” means that policy documents and reports end up “gathering dust”, according to the Chair of the Sláintecare Implementation Advisory Council, Dr Tom Keane. Dr Keane, former Director of the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP), made the comments at the Health Management Institute’s annual conference, which took place…

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Lariam ‘valid choice’ for malaria prevention in military

Controversial anti-malarial Lariam (mefloquine) remains “a valid choice” for malaria chemoprophylaxis in the Defence Forces, the former Director of its Medical Branch, Colonel Dr Gerald Kerr, has said. Dr Kerr, who recently retired from his position, told the Medical Independent  Lariam has advantages in protecting military personnel from malaria, a potentially fatal illness. As Lariam…

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Unite nearing 50 GPs needed for branch

As of late September, Unite trade union was “approaching” the number of GP members required to establish a GP branch, the Medical Independent (MI) understands. In May, it was announced that the NAGP had entered into voluntary liquidation. However, the Association said its trade union section in the form of the Alliance of Family Doctors…

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