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April 18, 2015

Claim of ‘incompetence or apartheid’

The IMO has called on the Medical Council to either change its rules or recommend a change in legislation to allow non-EU NCHDs access to the training division of the Medical Register.

Manpower shortages stymie ‘Healthy Ireland’

The shortage of staff in the departments of public health means that the preventative medicine proposals in the Healthy Ireland Strategy are currently undeliverable by Public Health Doctors.

Chronic care is one of contract’s ‘main attractions’

The President of the IMO has described the new GP contract  as much more than just a pay agreement for providing care to the under-sixes, highlighting in particular the chronic care element as one of its “main attractions”.

NAGP ‘collectively’ rejects under-sixes contract

Staying true to its stance in relation to the proposed contract for the provision of free GP care to the under-sixes, the NAGP has unanimously rejected the deal, and has gone so far as to liken it to medical apartheid.

PCRS review to be completed within months

Fine Gael’s Dr Liam Twomey TD has been mandated by the Minister for Health to carry out a review of the workings of the Primary Care Reimbursement Service (PCRS).

Pay parity is ‘an issue after Haddington Road’

Parity between new entrants and established employees will be an issue in forthcoming public sector pay talks, the Minister for Health has said.

‘Knee-jerk’ cancellations are criticised

Concern was expressed at the IMO annual meeting over recent elective surgeries cancellations, caused in part by the major spike of patients on trolleys in January.

Lengths of stay ‘vary inexplicably’

Hospital beds are not used as efficiently as they should be and average length of stay, day of surgery admission and day case rates “vary inexplicably from place to place”, the Minister for Health, Dr Leo Varadkar told the IMO AGM.

Major rise in GP capitation

GP capitation payments for new and existing patients under the age of six will be €125 in the new deal for the under-sixes.

‘Cap’ on Level 2 GPs must now be lifted

  IMO members have called on the HSE to allow for the expansion of numbers of patients on the Opioid Treatment Protocol and thus increase the access to treatment for heroin dependence throughout the country.

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