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IMO awaiting Labour Court decision on compassionate leave

The IMO is awaiting a Labour Court decision on staff compassionate leave in the HSE before raising the issue again with the Executive, the Medical Independent (MI) has been told. The matter was discussed at the recent IMO AGM, where a motion on compassionate leave was passed by members. The motion called on the HSE…

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HSE to tender for waiting list system

The HSE will go to tender for a waiting list management system in the next two-to-three months, the Medical Independent (MI) can report. Last year, MI reported on research that revealed hospital waiting lists could be largely eradicated within two years through the introduction of the e-booking system, Sorsix Pinga. The system has been successfully…

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Medical Council set to ‘grandfather’ consultants

The Medical Council will be able to ‘grandfather’ consultants who were appointed prior to 2008 and are not on the specialist division of the register, it has been confirmed. ‘Grandfathering’ was the process whereby consultants appointed appropriately before 2008 could be placed on the specialist division after new requirements were put in place that year,…

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CPE risk on Beaumont ward ‘beyond acceptable’

The possibility of acquiring carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) on Beaumont Hospital’s Hamilton Ward was “beyond” a level appropriate to ask patients if they accepted the risk, the Medical Independent can reveal. The observation was made in a HSE report, which stated the pattern of CPE transmission on the ward was suggestive of a “persistent environmental reservoir”.…

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Vhi claims it ‘owns’ procedure codes and threatened legal action

Vhi has claimed copyright over the schedule of benefits, including codes and descriptions of medical procedures, used by other health insurers in the market, a rival company has informed the Department of Health. In correspondence to the Minister for Health Simon Harris on 15 February, seen by the Medical Independent through Freedom of Information law,…

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Fine Gael most popular party among GPs – poll

A poll of GP election preferences conducted by medical directory website GPBuddy.ie has found more than one-quarter of GPs intend to vote for Fine Gael. The poll, which was undertaken after the announcement of a new GP deal between the IMO and Department of Health, ran on the website from 26-30 April. Votes from 195…

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Consultant deficits impacted BowelScreen targets – UL Group CEO

Consultant resignations and failed recruitment campaigns directly led to poor compliance with BowelScreen targets at Ennis Hospital last year, the CEO of University of Limerick (UL) Hospitals told the HSE’s head of acute services. The correspondence was seen by the Medical Independent (MI) following a Freedom of Information request. The situation led to the hospital…

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NAGP chair ‘hopeful’ amid controversy

NAGP Chairperson Dr Andy Jordan has said he is optimistic a rescue package to ensure the future of the Association will be in place very shortly.  Speaking to the Medical Independent (MI), Dr Jordan maintained that the NAGP always had financial issues as it “started from nothing” and there was nothing new regarding the fact…

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Seven CBD orthodontic cases referred to gardai

There are seven cases with the Garda ‘fraud squad’ relating to orthodontic care received under the EU Cross-Border Directive (CBD). The Medical Independent (MI) understands the central allegation is that some treatment allegedly occured within the Republic of Ireland rather than being fully delivered in Northern Ireland. Under the CBD, patients can access healthcare in…

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Majority of consultants compliant with contract – HSE report

The first report under the new consultant contract compliance framework has shown a low level of non-compliance regarding private practice, the Medical Independent (MI) can reveal. At the request of the Department of Health, the HSE established a new process to ensure compliance with the consultant contract. Data returned for the first reporting period from…

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