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IHCA membership on the rise

IHCA AGM and Annual Conference, virtual, Saturday 9 October The IHCA has 1,000 more members than it had a decade ago, the Association’s annual conference was told. IHCA membership secretary Dr Conor O’Riordan reported that the IHCA now had 3,240 members and 169 associate members. “I’m glad to report there has been a year-on-year increase…

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Time for ‘new perspective’ on psychosomatic illness

It is time for a new perspective on psychosomatic illness to help doctors understand these disorders differently, “so we learn better ways to explain them to our patients,” the recent ISR Autumn Meeting was told. Dr Suzanne O’Sullivan, Consultant Neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in the UK, asked: “If both doctors…

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Patients with rheumatoid disease not at greater risk of Covid-19

Much has been learned about viral infections and vaccines in regards to autoimmune disease during the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic, the recent ISR Autumn Meeting was told. Prof Kevin Winthrop, Professor of Infectious Diseases and Ophthalmology at the School of Medicine, Portland Oregon, US, spoke on the topic of ‘Infection, autoimmune disease and…

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Global RMD Covid database ‘a great success’

The Global Rheumatology Alliance (GRA) database established during the Covid-19 pandemic was a “grass roots” initiative and has been a “great success”, the recent Irish Society for Rheumatology (ISR) Autumn Meeting, which took place virtually on 30 September – 1 October, was told. Prof Kimme Hyrich, Professor of Epidemiology Centre for Musculoskeletal Research, University of…

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Care and collaboration in the cancer community

Conference Preview Gathering Around Cancer, virtual, 4-5 November 2021 Ahead of the Gathering Around Cancer annual conference, Prof John McCaffrey spoke with Pat Kelly about some of the many highlights of the programme The Gathering Around Cancer 2021 conference will take place on a virtual platform on 4 and 5 November and will be streamed…

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More HSE IT systems will move to cloud – CIO

It has been suggested that more HSE IT systems will move to cloud services following the cyberattack on the Executive. The HSE’s Interim Chief Information Officer (CIO) Mr Fran Thompson told a meeting of the HSE performance and delivery committee on 18 June that a lesson from the cyberattack was that “cloud services have survived…

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Benefits to retaining paper systems, hears Rotunda board

It would be beneficial to retain some “paper systems” following the cyberattack, although electronic records are “the most efficient and safest way of working”, heard the board of the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin. In June, Master Prof Fergal Malone provided an update to the board on initial learnings from the cyberattack on the HSE in…

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Surgical training ‘will be prolonged’ without protections

Surgical training must be “explicitly accommodated in the outsourced model” to avoid prolonged training and reduced availability of newly qualified surgeons, the RCSI has warned. The accommodation of surgical training when public operative care is outsourced to the private sector should be explicitly protected in the contractual terms, according to the College. “The RCSI appreciates…

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External reviews can be ‘expensive’ and ‘time consuming’ – Saolta

The “expensive” and “time consuming” nature of some external reviews of adverse incidents was discussed by Saolta University Health Care Group’s board quality and patient safety committee. According to the committee’s meeting in March, the minutes of which were obtained under Freedom of Information law, there were “quite a number of external reviews ongoing”. “It…

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Consultant staffing among ‘concerns’ about LUH gynae service

There continued to be “some concerns” about Letterkenny University Hospital’s (LUH) gynaecology service, including difficulties recruiting consultants, the Saolta University Health Care Group’s board quality and patient safety committee heard earlier this year. “Progress has been made, but there continues to be some concerns around the service,” according to minutes of the committee’s meeting in…

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