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Cyberattack increases risk of delayed diagnoses and errors- Dr Henry

The HSE cyberattack has increased the risk of delayed diagnoses, delayed treatments and errors by clinicians treating patients, according to HSE Chief Clinical Officer Dr Colm Henry.  Dr Henry, in an email issued to GPs by the IMO and ICGP on behalf of the HSE Chief Clinical Officer Dr Colm Henry on Friday 21 May, outlined…

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People with diabetes and obesity should be prioritised for vaccination

People with diabetes and obesity should be prioritised for early Covid-19 vaccination, according to the Irish Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (IrSPEN). IrSPEN said that diabetes and obesity have emerged as significant underlying risk factors for developing severe illness from Covid-19  and these patients should also be prioritised for continuity of treatment during the pandemic.…

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Practitioners health programme ‘remains open and available’

The Practitioner Health Matters Programme (PHMP) has moved to assure healthcare professionals that it remains open and available to offer assistance to them following the outbreak of Covid-19 in Ireland.  In a letter to colleagues, Dr Ide Delargy, Medical Director, PHMP, and Dr Justin Brophy, Consultant Psychiatrist, PHMP, said “we recognise these are unprecedented times for Irish doctors,…

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GP training director impasse due to be resolved by ‘end of year’

Clarity surrounding the employment status of programme directors and assistant programme directors affected by the proposed transfer of GP training to the ICGP is due by the end of 2020, according to the IMO. Terms of reference for mediation between the IMO and HSE regarding directors and assistant directors on GP training schemes will be…

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