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Figures released at the Conference showed that membership grew slightly, from 2,489 to 2,530, last year.
According to the Association’s financial report, the surplus at the end of 2015 was €3,861,583, compared to a surplus at the end of 2014 of €3,517,731. As was commented on by a number of IHCA officials, this may prove useful for upcoming court cases that the Association is involved in over the 2008 contract.
At last year’s Annual Conference, IHCA members overwhelmingly voted to establish a working group to look into possible conflicts of interest when Association members become clinical directors, after members expressed concerns over possible tensions arising out of IHCA members taking up ‘management’ roles in hospitals.
This year’s meeting was told that the working group had completed its work and a new National Council protocol had been put in place as a result of the work.
“In the event of a particular topic being discussed by National Council in which a Council Member has a specific personal interest or potential conflict of interest, that potential conflict of interest should be advised to Council,” reads the protocol.
There was only one motion raised at this year’s Annual Conference and it was moved by the National Council and passed without any opposition. The motion means that the IHCA no longer needs to hold at least one National Council meeting a year in Munster, and at least one in Connaught or Ulster.
Mr Martin Varley said the need for this is no longer pressing, with a better road infrastructure in the country making it easier for people to travel across the island for meetings.