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Over €5m on agency staff in Drogheda

By sa | Jan 20, 2015 |

Some €5.77 million was spent on agency doctors at Our Lady of Lourdes (OLOL) Hospital, Drogheda, in the first 10 months of 2014, according to figures released by the HSE to the Medical Independent (MI).

31% increase in calls to suicide helpline over Christmas

By sa | Jan 20, 2015 |

Calls to Console’s free suicide helpline rose by almost a third over the recent Christmas period, the suicide prevention and bereavement charity have stated.

Doctors in ‘difficult position’

By sa | Jan 20, 2015 |

The Irish Prison Service (IPS) did not ensure that all doctors engaged in methadone provision had the necessary certification, “placing these doctors in a difficult position”, according to correspondence from the IMO to the Prison Service.

Expansion of CPD requirements

By sa | Jan 20, 2015 |

The Medical Council is planning to expand the requirements of doctors under professional competence, the Medical Independent (MI) can reveal.

New investigative unit costs Council more than €325,000

By sa | Jan 20, 2015 |

The Medical Council paid over €59,000 to a PR company in 2012 for “external support for communications activities,” according to information obtained by the Medical Independent (MI).

Probe into flu jab ‘quality defect’

By sa | Jan 20, 2015 |

A HPRA investigation into a “quality defect” with a number of flu vaccination units is ongoing, this newspaper has learned.

Warning was proposed on high-dose vitamins

By sa | Jan 20, 2015 |

A public warning on “high-dose supplements” was considered by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) following concern over several high-dose vitamin D food supplements, the Medical Independent (MI) has established.

Doctors in ‘difficult position’

By sa | Jan 20, 2015 |

The Irish Prison Service (IPS) did not ensure that all doctors engaged in methadone provision had the necessary certification, “placing these doctors in a difficult position”, according to correspondence from the IMO to the Prison Service.

UL Hospitals Group is planning to introduce new doctors’ dress code

By sa | Jan 20, 2015 |

A paper on a new doctors’ dress code was submitted at the May 2014 meeting of the UL Hospitals Group Board, according to minutes seen by this newspaper under a Freedom of Information request.

New investigative unit costs Council more than €325,000

By sa | Jan 20, 2015 |

The Medical Council paid over €59,000 to a PR company in 2012 for “external support for communications activities,” according to information obtained by the Medical Independent (MI).

Donors say they are ‘generally satisfied’ with Dublin blood clinic

By sa | Jan 20, 2015 |

A survey of blood donors has found that they are “generally satisfied to continue using” the blood donation clinic on D’Olier Street in central Dublin, an IBTS spokesperson has informed the Medical Independent (MI).

Overseas medics call for internship recognition

By sa | Jan 19, 2015 |

Overseas Medics of Ireland (OMI) has renewed its call for an amendment of the overseas internship clause in the Medical Practitioners Act 2007.

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