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Geriatrician urges new qualifications for care of older people

A required qualification of competence in care of older people and “a mechanism of ongoing education” are “critically important”, the President of the Irish Gerontological Society has told the Medical Independent (MI). “There is a role here for the higher education institutes, RCPI and the ICGP, to consider progressing these type of interdisciplinary educational opportunities…

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One week’s notice raised in private hospitals deal

HSE access to private hospital capacity with one week’s notice, if necessary, is being discussed with the Private Hospitals Association (PHA), the Medical Independent (MI) understands. Negotiations over a new capacity agreement between the State and private hospitals also involve a possible timeframe of up to two years for the deal to run. The HSE…

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Tension between specialties as activity levels increase

The President of the Irish Association for Emergency Medicine (IAEM) Dr Emily O’Conor has admitted to “tensions” between specialties over space as activity levels in hospitals continue to rise. Speaking last month to the Medical Independent (MI), Dr O’Conor outlined her concern that it was unclear how emergency departments (EDs) and hospitals wouldcope with the…

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Around 1,000 doctors were ‘monitored’ for CPD compliance

Around 1,000 registered doctors were being “monitored” for compliance with continuing professional development (CPD) requirements in late 2019, according to a report from the Medical Council CEO to members of Council. The report, presented at a meeting in November and obtained by the Medical Independent (MI) under Freedom of Information law, stated that the monitoring…

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Full capacity deal with private hospitals could ‘trigger legal action’

A senior consultant in full-time private practice has warned that another full lease arrangement between the HSE and private hospitals could trigger large-scale legal action by consultants.  The consultant, who did not wish to be named, told the Medical Independent (MI) that since the controversy surrounding the previous agreement, many consultants had taken legal advice…

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Risk of limb loss in diabetes patients

People with diabetic foot disease are in danger of limb loss due to disruptions in healthcare arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, it has emerged. A lack of screening in general practice in order to mitigate infection risks in vulnerable patients, and redeployment of podiatrists, have placed patients with and at risk of diabetic foot disease…

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Another MRSA cluster was reported in Rotunda NICU

A cluster of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) cases in the Rotunda Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) was highlighted at its board meeting in March, the Medical Independent (MI) has learned. A hospital spokesperson informed MI that four babies were colonised and there were no adverse outcomes associated with the cluster. The spokesperson also confirmed…

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Reports of 24 women with ‘breast implant illness’

Twenty-four women may have been affected by so-called breast implant illness (BII), according to reports received by the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA). A HPRA spokesperson told the Medical Independent it had received 33 reports which potentially involved BII. Its understanding is that these reports related to 24 individuals. Some individuals with breast implants may…

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Concerns over ‘viability’ of Food Safety Authority of Ireland

Internal concerns have been expressed about the “viability” of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), the agency responsible for co-ordinating the enforcement of food safety legislation. In February, FSAI CEO Ms Pamela Byrne told the board that the “ongoing funding situation” was having a “significant impact upon the activities of the organisation and the…

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