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Future of Department of Health’s bioethics committee remains unclear

The National Advisory Committee on Bioethics (NACB) has not met for over 40 months, this newspaper has been told. The NACB’s most recent published document, Nudging in Public Health – An Ethical Framework, was released in April 2016. The committee examines topics upon the request of the Minister for Health. However, the NACB has not…

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Data protection assessment for DSS could reach €200K

A data protection assessment needed for the roll-out of the Decision Support Service (DSS) is likely to be “a lot more expensive than initially thought”, according to minutes of a Mental Health Commission (MHC) management meeting. At the meeting, which was held in October 2018, the slow roll-out of the DSS was discussed. It was…

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Team established to develop deep brain stimulation service

A multidisciplinary team (MDT) has been established at the Dublin Neurological Institute (DNI) in the Mater  Misericordiae University Hospital to develop an all-island deep brain stimulation (DBS) service. In 2018, the Mater received a funding allocation of €0.215 million (full-year costs €0.428 million) to establish the service, which is in its early stages but is…

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Major recruitment crisis looming in GP out-of-hours service

A major doctor recruitment crisis is looming in GP out-of-hours (OOH) centres nationally, the Irish Association of GP Co-ops has warned. At its recent AGM, concern was voiced that it was increasingly difficult to recruit doctors to the OOH service. Many patients are using such services for routine appointments because they cannot access a GP.…

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HSE pays out almost €3m for GP locums in 2018

Almost €3 million was spent by the HSE on employing GMS GP locums in 2018, the Executive has revealed to the Medical Independent (MI). The national average cost per annum for a GMS GP locum is €262,000, according to a HSE spokesperson. The figure includes the cost of medical indemnity, travel, agency management fees, and…

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Anaesthesiology trainees warn of email scam seeking exam ‘deposit’

The Committee of Anaesthesiology Trainees (CAT) recently warned of an email scam purporting to seek payment for a College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland (CAI) exam. The fraudulent communication included CAI insignia and sought a “security deposit” of £800, which would be “refunded” after the end of the exam period for the College Fellowship and Structured…

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PHECC in current form ‘could well collapse’, warned business case

The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) “could well be in danger of collapse” in its current form, revealed a business case the Council submitted to the 2018 estimates process. Management and staff believed it was constantly ‘firefighting’ “due to a lack of staff, increasing workloads and the resultant ineffective structure”, outlined the business case obtained…

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Obesity group still devising monitoring mechanism for advertising code of practice

Work developing a mechanism to monitor the codes of practice on the marketing and advertising of food and non-alcoholic beverages has not been completed almost a year after being identified as a priority by an oversight group examining the area, this newspaper has learned. At  an Obesity Policy Implementation Oversight Group (OPIOG) meeting last May,…

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Disability centres need to focus more on sustained quality improvement — HIQA

Renewing the registration of disability centres has indicated to HIQA that sustained quality improvement is not being achieved in some centres, according to the Authority. The second cycle of registration of disability centres commenced on 1 November 2018. “Renewal activity to date indicates that sustained improvement is not being demonstrated in some centres,” according to…

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