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Doctors express serious concerns over open disclosure

Doctors expressed serious concerns about proposed legislation on open disclosure during the IMO AGM. Dean of Professional Development and Practice of Surgical Affairs at the RCSI Prof Sean Tierney, who was speaking at an educational session on the subject ‘Patient Safety Bill and open disclosure’, said there was a danger that the Bill could lead…

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34 applied for HSE DG job, four made final interview

Over 30 people applied for the HSE Director General (DG) position and four were invited to the final interview stage. Last month it was announced that Mr Paul Reid would be the new HSE DG. Mr Reid will serve a tenure of five years and is expected to begin on 14 May. He is currently…

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NAGP governance review recommendations await implementation

None of the recommendations of an independent governance review of the NAGP, completed last year, had been implemented when its president and entire national council resigned recently, the Medical Independent (MI) has learned. The governance report recommended in mid-November that a new board and several committees be established “asap”. It suggested the development of new…

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CPE threat ‘not considered resolved’ – Minister Harris

Ending the public health emergency on carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) “shouldn’t be viewed as an acceptance” by the Department of Health that the issue has been resolved, Minister for Health Simon Harris has told the Medical Independent (MI). The Department has raised the ending of the emergency in discussions with the HSE. Speaking to MI at…

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HSE ‘crack team’ to be deployed to hospitals with recurrent HR problems

A special five-person “early intervention team” will be deployed by the HSE to hospitals with recurring human resources (HR) problems such as under-payments to staff. The team, which has expertise in psychology, HR, mediation, accountancy, and engagement, is due to visit its first site – University of Limerick (UL) Hospitals Group – because of issues…

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Revenue’s consultants tax compliance programme yields €74 million

The Revenue Commissioners yielded €6,920,868 last year under its medical consultants tax compliance programme, a reduction from €11,162,468 in 2017, according to figures it has released to the Medical Independent (MI). The total yield to the end of last year was €74,047,077, which has involved the closure of 660 cases since 2013. The figure includes…

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NAGP Council in shock resignation over governance concerns

The President of the NAGP and the entire NAGP National Council have resigned due to serious concerns about the Association’s “internal governance”.  In a shock announcement to its GP members on Sunday evening, the 11 member National Council, which includes the now former president Dr Maitiu Ó Tuathail, communicated that they had tendered their resignation…

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DoH to spend at least €40,000 on alcohol policy ‘gala dinner’

The Department of Health is to spend at least €40,000 on venue and catering services for the Global Alcohol Policy Conference Gala Dinner in 2020, the Medical Independent (MI) has learned. The Department will host the Global Alcohol Policy Conference in Dublin Castle from 9-11 March 2020, with 350-500 delegates scheduled to attend. A Department…

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New initiatives needed to promote biosimilar prescribing — Prof Barry

Online reimbursement application systems and incentivised prescribing need to be considered to promote prescribing of biosimilars, Clinical Director of the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics (NCPE) Prof Michael Barry has told the Medical Independent (MI). Speaking to MI following his address at the recent Access to Medicines Ireland annual conference in the RCSI, Prof Barry also…

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NCHDs expected by hospitals to work above EWTD-compliant rosters

NCHDs at some hospitals are being presented with rosters compliant with the European Working Time Directive (EWTD), but are “then being expected to work above those rosters”, according to IMO Director of Industrial Relations, Consultants and NCHDs, Mr Anthony Owens. Speaking to the Medical Independent, Mr Owens said: “We are doing a round of EWTD…

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