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IMO and INMO in war of words over consultant comments

Speaking last week to the Medical Independent (MI), Chairman of the IMO Consultant Committee Dr Peadar Gilligan accused INMO General Secretary Mr Liam Doran of questioning consultant working practices to deflect from his Co-Chairing of the Emergency Department Taskforce, which has failed to make an impact on the hospital overcrowding crisis.

Dr Gilligan said he was “surprised” to hear Mr Doran “essentially give out about consultants with regard to the overcrowding crisis”.

“And I think it was an effort on his part to deflect attention from the fact that he was Co-Chair of the Taskforce related to addressing emergency department overcrowding, which has not really been terribly successful… ”

However, speaking to MI, Mr Doran described this statement as “rubbish”. He agreed with Dr Gilligan that the Taskforce had not addressed the crisis.

“Not enough money is being committed, not enough expansion of acute bed capacity has happened, not enough expansion of the community services over seven days — absolutely agree with him,” he told MI.

Mr Doran said that if Dr Gilligan “cares to look back”, the INMO had been talking “for years” about “nurse-led discharge, cross-consultant discharge, extended hours of senior attendants, second ward rounds… ”

The INMO chief said decision-making became slower in some hospitals in the evenings due to an over-reliance on junior doctors.

However, Dr Gilligan maintained that consultant work practices were not contributing to hospital overcrowding. He told MI many consultants worked onerous hours and on-call arrangements.

See news analysis, p14

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