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IMO and Department due to discuss status of public health specialists later this month

The IMO is due to meet the Department of Health later this month regarding the implementation of the Crowe Horwath report on public health specialists and achieving consultant status for the group,  the Medical Independent (MI) can report.

The IMO has met with the Department of Health a number of times, following a ballot for industrial action of public health specialists and the subsequent publishing of the Crowe Horwath Review.

According to the report, which was published in December 2018 after a long delay, “public health physicians indicated a high level of dissatisfaction with current contracts, status, and remuneration, with a clear desire to see these addressed by means of the approval of consultant status for specialists in public health medicine.”

One of the main recommendations in the report is that public health specialists be granted the title of ‘consultant’.

The Crowe Horwath Implementation Group, chaired by HSE Chief Clinical Officer Dr Colm Henry, were working through various modules with a view to establishing a future structure for public health medicine

“The proposed new structures are currently being finalised with a report from the Crowe Horwath Implementation Group to be agreed between the HSE and Department of Health shortly,” a spokesperson for the IMO told MI.

Negotiations on the industrial relations implications of the report’s recommendations were due to being once the new structures were finalised.

The IMO spokesperson said that these discussions are planned to commence on 23 September.

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