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IMO lodging claims on unpaid intern induction-related work

The IMO has received up to 200 pay claims from interns in relation to work they did prior to or adjacent to induction week in 2019. IMO Industrial Relations Officer Mr Paul Maier said this was work done outside the agreed 39-hour week for induction, for which payment was introduced last year. Activities included completing…

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Concerns about structure of e-health in HSE

The division of HSE e-health responsibility between the offices of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and the Director of Digital Transformation and Open Innovation risks the creation of “silo thinking” and “the environment for a ‘turf war’ to emerge”, former HSE CIO Mr Richard Corbridge has told the Medical Independent (MI). He urged for a…

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UL Hospitals ‘working to reinstate’ ENT training

University of Limerick (UL) Hospitals says it is working to “seek the reinstatement” of ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist training at University Hospital Limerick (UHL), which ceased in 2014 following “departmental issues”. “We can confirm that recognition for specialist training in otolaryngology was withdrawn on 27 August 2014. It was concluded by the surgical…

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No chaplains available in certain situations at CHI Temple Street since July

There has been no chaplain to provide support to families during certain time periods in the event of the death of a child at Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) at Temple Street since July 2019, the Medical Independent (MI) can report. Issues regarding the hospital’s chaplaincy service were raised at meetings of the hospital’s executive committee…

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Council ‘reviewing’ procedures for undertakings from doctors

The Medical Council is currently “reviewing” its procedures in relation to undertakings it accepts from doctors, following concerns raised by the High Court President. In November, Mr Justice Peter Kelly expressed alarm that a mental health service employed a doctor without being aware the doctor had undertaken to the Council’s health committee not to practice…

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PSI investigating statutory complaint on Epilim supply

A statutory complaint has been made to the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) in relation to the supply of sodium valproate (Epilim) to a patient. Epilim is licensed in Ireland to treat epilepsy and bipolar disorder. If a woman becomes pregnant while taking the drug, her baby is at risk of serious birth defects and…

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‘Sláintecare’ contract can attract consultants – de Buitléir

The Chair of the independent review group established to examine private activity in public hospitals, Dr Donal de Buitléir (PhD), has said the public-only Sláintecare contracts can be made sufficiently attractive to recruit consultants to work in the Irish health service. In December, it was announced that from quarter 2, 2020, all future consultant appointments…

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€12m spent on Brexit ‘warehousing and stockpiling’

The HSE spent €8 million last year on various resources in preparation for Brexit, excluding the cost of “warehousing and stockpiling” medical devices, according to figures released to the Medical Independent (MI). Separately, €12 million had been spent by last September on the “warehousing and stockpiling” of medical devices in the context of Brexit, stated…

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Risk to HSE’s reputation if audit recommendations not implemented

The continued non-implementation of internal audit recommendations has the ability to inflict “significant reputational damage” on the HSE, the Medical Independent (MI) can report. The issue has been of longstanding concern to the HSE’s audit committee and has been previously reported in this newspaper. At a meeting of the audit and risk committee on 27…

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MSM deferral period was not endorsed by IBTS medical committee

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) introduced a one-year deferral period for blood donations from men who have sex with men (MSM) despite its medical advisory committee (MAC) recommending the establishment of an expert advisory group to deliberate on the deferral duration, the Medical Independent (MI) has learned. While the MAC found that the lifetime…

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