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ICGP National Director of CME to retire next year

The Galway-based GP is retiring from the position following more than 20 years served in the role.

It is understood that the HSE will continue to fund the posi­tion until the end of this year, at which time the position will be funded by the ICGP until a successor can be found next year.

Dr Finnegan recently turned 65 years old, the age of retire­ment of HSE employees, but will continue serving as a GP.

His successor will be faced with a number of challenges in the role, including obtaining much-needed extra resources and tutors for the CME Network.

According to the ICGP 2016 annual report, five extra tutor posts are still being sought from the HSE.

“Now that the financial emergency has passed and the recruitment ban in the civil service has been lifted, it is time that the HSE resumed the employment of CME tu­tors. There is an urgent need to fund at least five extra tutor posts,” the report states.

“The network also requires additional funding for the an­nual cost of tutor workshops, group leaders, group leader training courses, new equipment, the replacement of equip­ment and meeting room hire on all schemes.

“A significant concern is the unavailability of places in small-group CME for members. This is especially an issue in the Dublin faculties.”

The CME Tutor Network is funded by the HSE at a cost of around €700,000 a year and is delivered by the ICGP.

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