32nd IHCA AGM, Saturday 10 October 2020, Virtual Annual General Meeting and Conference
The 32nd IHCA AGM and annual conference was a unique event this year, because of the pandemic, it took place entirely online. In terms of attendance, the virtual conference was deemed a success. Dr Gabrielle Colleran, who was recently re-elected as Vice President of the Association, said this year’s event was “our highest attendance ever so far, so we are really delighted with that level of participation”.
The Association’s Membership Secretary Dr Conor O’Riordan, Consultant Radiologist, St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny, noted a further increase in IHCA members this year to 3,168.
“If you look at it from a decade-long view, you can see there is a 35 per cent increase on what we had back in 2010,” he said. With another increase this year, “we expect further increases in the years ahead”.
Prof Clare Fallon, IHCA Treasurer and Consultant in Geriatric Medicine, Regional Hospital Mullingar, said: “It has been a strong year financially for
the Association with the vast majority of the income from ordinary members’ subscriptions, which is up on the previous financial year.”
She described the IHCA as in “quite a healthy situation” in terms of finance. Motions were passed at the conference calling for increased ICU capacity; reduction in waiting times for radiology; encouraging consultants to get the seasonal influenza vaccine; and for parity of esteem for mental and physical health.
Voices from the conference