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HSE tenders for fire safety consultants

The HSE is looking to hire external experts to provide fire safety consultancy advice, this newspaper can report. According to tender documents, the cost of the framework agreement over a four-year period is approximately €125,000. “This national framework agreement is designed to support both the interim and longer term requirements of the HSE with regard…

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Enduring concerns over spending and pace of Sláintecare – Dr Harty

One of the authors of the Sláintecare Report believes “implementation is slow” and remains “unconvinced that there is a financial commitment to deliver”. Independent Clare TD Dr Michael Harty  is Chair of the Oireachtas Committee on Health and was a member of the Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Healthcare, which published Sláintecare in May…

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National Screening Service reported financial surplus for first half of 2019

The National Screening Service (NSS) reported  an overall surplus (€0.9 million) for June 2019, according to the Executive’s latest performance report. The Performance Profile April – June 2019 Quarterly Report, which was recently published, stated the surplus relates to reduced laboratory and professional services costs. “Professional services have a surplus of €2.5 million mainly relating…

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HSE seeks international advice on WhatsApp-type software

International expertise and advice is currently being sought as the HSE completes a tender for WhatsApp-type messaging software for staff, this newspaper has been told. “The organisation leading on the procurement for the health system is currently in the process of obtaining expert international advice on best practice and technology solutions for securely communicating in…

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HIQA considers need for ‘enterprise regulatory system’

HIQA has expressed interest in going to market for an “enterprise regulatory system”. While HIQA specifies it is not tendering for a system or in a position to offer contracts, the Authority wants to determine the “availability and range of enterprise solutions” that can support its regulatory remit. “It is envisaged that the feedback garnered…

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Almost 60 staff left Department of Health last year

A total of 59 staff members left the Department of Health in 2018, according to its annual report for the year. In 2018 the Department employed 475 staff in whole-time equivalent terms. There were 105 new recruits over the 12-month period, according to the report. Fifty-nine staff left during the year “mostly through retirement or…

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Sec Gen urged Medical Council to ‘build’ communication

The top official at the Department of Health has urged the Medical Council to “build upon” its communication with the HSE regarding recruitment of poorly qualified doctors. Mr Jim Breslin was responding to correspondence from Council CEO Mr Bill Prasifka, which highlighted further comments by the High Court President, who said the matter should be…

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Consultant ballot would win ‘overwhelming’ support – Sadlier

A former IMO President has predicted a ballot for industrial action among consultant members would receive “overwhelming” support, if instigated by the Organisation. Dr Matthew Sadlier, a Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry, North Dublin, was speaking to the Medical Independent after the union warned it would ballot for industrial action if the Government does not…

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Rising gynaecological waiting lists a ‘major concern’ at Rotunda

There are over 3,400 women on gynaecology waiting lists at the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin, with the increasing lists representing a “major concern”. A meeting of the Rotunda’s board in September heard that gynaecology waiting lists “continue to increase” and the issue was recorded on the hospital’s corporate risk register. “Referrals have increased by 21 per…

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GP redundancy costs to be raised in future talks

The looming costs of redundancy payments to GP staff will be raised by the IMO in upcoming talks with the Department of Health and the HSE, the Organisation’s President has told the Medical Independent (MI). Dr Padraig McGarry said many single-handed rural GPs, who are approaching the age of retirement, are facing large redundancy payments…

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