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Lack of private prescription data raised

Lack of visibility of the private prescription of controlled drugs has been raised at a Medical Council stakeholdergroup on overprescribing. Minutes of the group’s meetings, obtained by the Medical Independent (MI) under Freedom of Information law, also reported “concern that Ireland could go down the same route as the US regarding opioid addiction”. The stakeholder…

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Funding shortfall for HSE ICT projects in 2022 – CIO

The HSE’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) told a special meeting of the Executive’s performance and delivery committee that it would be difficult to achieve completion of “all agreed” information and communication technology (ICT) projects this year. At the meeting on 16 November, Interim CIO and CEO of eHealth Ireland Mr Fran Thompson provided a “high…

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Ongoing difficulties for DSS roll-out, heard Mental Health Commission

The board of the Mental Health Commission (MHC) heard in September how the establishment of the Decision Support Service (DSS) was continuing to experience significant difficulties. The DSS, which is due to be the fully established by June 2022, is a service for all adults who have difficulties with decision-making capacity. It was initially hoped…

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Elective-only hospitals plan under review in DoH

The Department of Health is currently evaluating the business case for the three elective-only hospitals due to be built in Dublin, Cork, and Galway under the Sláintecare implementation plan, this newspaper understands. “The preliminary business case has been completed and is currently undergoing internal evaluation in the Department of Health,” a spokesperson told the Medical…

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Department climate oversight group established

The Department of Health has established a new climate change oversight group to act as a “platform” for interaction between the Department and Government “particularly through the climate action plan process”, this newspaper hasbeen told. The Medical Independent (MI) reported in February 2020 that a climate change oversight group had yet to be established by…

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Concerns expressed to Faculty of Occupational Medicine about Covid controls

The Dean of the RCPI Faculty of Occupational Medicine, Dr Robert Ryan, has confirmed to the Medical Independent(MI) that “concerns” have been expressed to the Faculty by some “senior” occupational medicine specialists aboutHSE national guidance on Covid-19 control measures to mitigate infection risk and protect staff in healthcare settings. Dr Ryan informed MI he is…

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Record intake of cardiology SpRs in 2021

Irish Cardiac Society 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting and AGM, virtual, 7-9 October 2021 Attendees at the ICS 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting and AGM heard a round-up of the ‘Update on Irish cardiology training programme’ by Prof Brian McNeill and Dr Ross Murphy, National Specialty Directors in the Cardiology HST Programme, as well as an ‘Irish…

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The lower the better in cholesterol

Irish Cardiac Society 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting and AGM, virtual, 7-9 October 2021 The ICS 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting and AGM heard from keynote speaker Prof Kausik K Ray of Imperial College London, who addressed the meeting on the topic, ‘ASCVD [atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease] Prevention: Unmetneeds and the promise of population health through siRNA-based therapies’.…

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Number of ‘non-specialist’ consultants remains static

There has been no significant change in the past six months in the number of consultants employed by the HSE who are not on the Medical Council’s specialist register. As of 11 October, there were 105 consultants employed by the HSE not on the specialist register, according to new information provided to the Medical Independent…

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Tender issued for online hepatitis C testing service

The HSE National Hepatitis C Treatment Programme (NHCTP) is looking to establish a pilot online hepatitis C testing service. The service would be integrated with existing public treatment sites, according to tender documents.The aim of the project is to improve access to hepatitis C testing in treatment sites through the availability of free home testing…

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