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Inadequate ‘link-up’ between hospitals and GPs – Sláintecare Council

The “lack of link-up” between hospitals and GP practices has been cited by members of the Sláintecare Implementation Advisory Council (SIAC) as a “key priority”. During a discussion on e-health at the December meeting of the SIAC, members said better link-up was needed “to improve patient care, through more timely discharge summaries and sharing of…

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Public patients treated in private hospitals under joint arthroplasty programme should be monitored – NOCA

The National Office of Clinical Audit (NOCA) has recommended that all public patients treated under the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) joint arthroplasty programme are monitored as part of the Irish National Orthopaedic Register (INOR). The INOR is a patient safety initiative, which aims to improve the quality of services and care provided to patients…

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Talks ongoing on area medical officer pay dispute

The IMO is engaged in talks with the HSE on obtaining improved pay and conditions for area medicalofficers (AMOs) on a par with senior medical officer (SMO) colleagues. According to Mr Thomas Smyth, Manager of IMO Member Advisory Services, discussions are ongoing with the HSE. The talks follow a decision in early 2020 by a…

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Increase in part-time posts approved by consultant committee

An increasing number of half-time consultant positions have been approved by the consultant applications advisory committee (CAAC), according to a report presented at one of its meetings. The report, seen by the MedicalIndependent (MI) following a Freedom of Information request, outlined the number of posts approved on a 0.5 whole-time equivalent (WTE) basis between January…

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Audit into PPE sourcing yet to be completed

The audit into the sourcing and management of personal protective equipment (PPE) is currently ongoing, according to the HSE. A meeting of the HSE’s audit and risk committee on 13 November 2020, the minutes of which were seen by the Medical Independent (MI), discussed the audit before it had gone to tender. The committee suggested…

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Steep decline in community antibiotic prescribing

Antibiotics dispensed by community pharmacies in February this year fell by almost 40 per cent compared to the same month in 2020. The steep decline in antibiotic use during the pandemic is continuing alongside positive trends in the use of ‘green’ or preferred community antibiotics, according to ICGP Covid-19 Advisor Dr Nuala O’Connor. A surge…

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Over €7.3m spent on Healthy Ireland in 2020

More than €7.3 million was spent on the Government’s Healthy Ireland initiative last year, according to new figures.The expenditure of €7,331,000 compared with €7,498,000 in 2019 and €5,587,000 in 2018. Minister of State with responsibility for Public Health, Frank Feighan, provided the figures last month following a Dáil question from Sinn Féin Deputy Louise O’Reilly.…

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Recruitment of genomics clinical lead ‘still in progress’

The development of a national genomics strategy will begin after the appointment of a new national lead for genomics, this newspaper has been informed. The search for a national genetics and genomics lead began in September. University College Dublin (UCD) is coordinating this campaign. The successful candidate will be appointed Director of the HSE National…

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Irish Medicines in Pregnancy Service plans to expand nationally

The Irish Medicines in Pregnancy Service (IMPS), developed at the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin, “remains confident” funding will be allocated to develop the service nationally. “We remain in continual engagement with our primary funders, RCSI Hospitals Group/HSE and the National Women and Infants Health Programme, to source recurring funding to sustain and develop IMPS services,” a…

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Demand for FFP2 masks surged in 2021

Demand for FFP2 masks for healthcare workers surged in January prompting the opening of “additional supply lines to ensure continuity”, a meeting of the HSE’s national crisis management team (NCMT) heard. On 12 January, the HSE’s Chief Clinical Officer Dr Colm Henry advised that due to the major rise of Covid-19 cases and “concern about…

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