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Role of doctors in injection facility ‘being worked on’

The recommendations will then be brought to the HSE Social Inclusion Governance Group (SIGG) “to inform an appropriate procurement process” before the SIF is opened in Dublin city centre.

The Medical Independent (MI) website ( is currently hosting an online poll asking readers if they would work as a healthcare professional at a SIF for drug users.

A Department spokesperson told MI: “The HSE has been tasked with establishing the SIF in 2017 and has established a working group to gather data, consider possible options and to undertake public consultation before any decision is made. Local stakeholder engagement and consultation will be critical to the success of any pilot facility.

“The Department of Health has been informed that the HSE working group will make recommendations on programme design and governance structures to the HSE Social Inclusion Governance Group (SIGG) to inform an appropriate procurement process.

“The HSE intends to look for expressions of interest in early autumn from those interested in operating this facility.”

According to the HSE, it is anticipated that the pilot service will be open before the end of 2017.

The HSE’s spokesperson did not provide any more information regarding the proposed role of doctors, but pointed this newspaper towards a new section on its website titled ‘Frequently Asked Questions: Supervised Injecting Facilities’.

According to this web page, the Executive is working on a recommendation for a “model of best practice”.

“This best practice model will include monitoring and evaluation, in addition to the delivery of the service. A procurement process will be undertaken to determine the most appropriate organisation to manage the facility and the specifications and criteria for the SIF are being developed.

“The organisation that is selected to provide the service will be expected to provide a location and have a robust community engagement plan in their operational set-up. Locating the facility in an area where public injecting is already taking place will maximise uptake by the target population.”

The Misuse of Drugs (Supervised Injecting Facilities) Act 2017 was signed by the President on 16 May 2017.

  1. Gary Thompson on August 14, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    Called saving lives, will not a nurse will be the front line worker. Canada gets around this legal issue self administration. We have a huge problem with overdose protocols chest compression’s only. Tens of thousands in Ontario, Canada taught all the signs of breathing emergency drug OD then trained to give chest compression’s only.

    Empower laypersons what they think is a life saving technique they are eagerly following a clinicians instructions increasing morbidity and mortality any breathing emergency patient. Increases mental and physical illness drug use and abuse loss of trust in the medical profession, addiction and harm reduction counselors, dysfunctional society. Ontario’s protocol you deny grade school science ‘How the Heart and Lungs work”

    Jan 9, 2017 Toronto’s Mayor John Tory and Dr. Barbara Yaffe quoted “Ventilations (rescue breaths) most important” Not chest compressions which is assault and murder to any of the hundreds of causes breathing emergency

    Quotes Mayor above press conference at 37 minutes “When you have a CRISIS…one thing that often stands in the way…different protocols people have…that they have protocols that are well agreed upon…this person didn’t tell me that…we have a different system here…this is what causes people to lose their lives quite literally.”

    My letter ‘Flaws in Toronto’s Opioid Overdose Prevention Program’ EMN 2015; 37(12):31 With hyperlinks to Public Health Ontario’s training literature

    Your pet eats a poison or drug Veterinarian will give respiratory assist and any antidote, not torture them with chest compression’s only. Why would we allow this to our women and children?

    Medscape ‘Naloxone for the Reversal of Opioid Adverse Effects’ Quote “All patients considered to have opioid intoxication should have a stable airway and adequate ventilation established before the administration of naloxone.”
    cf my moderated response previous article copied here

    Not placing blame, change this protocol for the well being of all. Stop needless suffering Google @GaryCPR more info

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