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Medical careers day takes place next month

A medical careers day will be held in Dublin next month to highlight the spectrum of career opportunities available to medical graduates in Ireland. Registration has opened for this year’s annual Medical Careers Day, which will take place on Saturday, 5 October. The event is free to attend and will for the first time be…

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WhatsApp group approved for Medical Council members

The Medical Council has approved the establishment of a WhatsApp group for its members. According to minutes of a Council meeting earlier this year, it was proposed to create a WhatsApp group for members “to assist in prompt administrative communications to Council” such as meeting dates and alerts regarding meeting briefs becoming available, etc. “A…

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HSE recruitment practices ‘patient safety issue’, Doyle tells Minister

The President of the Medical Council Dr Rita Doyle raised “concerns” regarding HSE recruitment practices directly with the Minister for Health Simon Harris in February, according to correspondance seen by the Medical Independent following a Freedom of Information request. She wrote that the “procedures relating to the recruitment of doctors” was “now a patient safety…

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Nearly 390 FoI requests to Department so far this year

The Department of Health has received almost 390 Freedom of Information (FoI) requests so far this year, according to figures supplied to the Medical Independent (MI). In 2018, the Department received 480 FoI requests, 472 of which were non-personal and eight personal. So far this year (until 14 August), the Department has received 389   FoI…

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HIA set to move to new headquarters in Dublin

The Health Insurance Authority (HIA) will be moving to a new headquarters in the Dublin 6 area, this newspaper understands. The Medical Independent has learned that the HIA is expected to shortly move from its current location at Canal House, Canal Road, Dublin 6. This newspaper understands that the HIA signed a 10-year lease for…

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Risk of ageing equipment ‘real and untenable’

Ageing and unfit-for-purpose medical equipment represents a “real and untenable” risk for the HSE, according to the Executive’s risk committee, the Medical Independent (MI) can report. A meeting of the committee on 29 April, the minutes of which were seen by this newspaper, heard that the HSE should explore new ways of managing equipment budgets. …

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Beaumont’s ICU bed occupancy at 123 per cent in late 2018

Bed occupancy at Beaumont Hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU) was at 123 per cent in October and November 2018 and over 100 per cent for every month of last year. The hospital’s annual report for 2018 also outlined that its critical care units had a combined capacity for 19 beds admitting approximately 900 critically ill…

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Unite unable to represent GPs on contractual matters

Unite has clarified it will not be able to represent GPs in respect of employment contracts unless 80 per cent of GPs in Ireland join the union, the Medical Independent (MI) can report. Recently, it was announced that Unite and the Alliance of Family Doctors (AFD), formerly the NAGP, had reached agreement regarding GP representation.…

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Under-sixes scheme adding to emergency department presentations — Beaumont CEO

The Government’s under-sixes free GP care scheme has resulted in patients presenting to Beaumont Hospital’s emergency department (ED) in the absence of a timely GP appointment, the hospital’s CEO “reconfirmed” at a board meeting in February. According to minutes of the meeting, obtained by the Medical Independent (MI) following a Freedom of Information request, the…

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Hawkins House to be demolished in 2020

The demolition of Hawkins House, the old Department of Health headquarters, is expected to take place next year, an Office of Public Works (OPW) spokesperson has told the Medical Independent (MI). “The OPW appointed a multidisciplinary team on 23 May 2019 to progress the demolition of Hawkins House,” the spokesperson told MI. “It is anticipated…

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