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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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Visitor restrictions announced by Nursing Homes Ireland over Covid-19

For the protection of nursing home residents, Nursing Homes Ireland has confirmed that visiting restrictions are now in place in nursing homes nationwide. No non-essential visiting, children or groups will be allowed. All visitors are asked to contact prior to attending.  Visitors should only seek to attend in urgent circumstances and the management reserve the…

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A decade of dedication to Irish doctors

On our 10th birthday, we look back at some of the highlights since the Medical Independent was established. Over the past decade we have been through four office changes and three different redesigns. What has remained constant is our commitment to delivering high-quality journalism, relevant clinical content to help doctors with their CPD requirements, and…

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