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August 1, 2015

Free care for over-70s to start August 5

Minister for Health Dr Leo Varadkar and Minister for Primary Care Kathleen Lynch have announced the start of registration for the free GP care for the over-70s, which will commence on August 5.

Patient confidentiality in social media highlighted

A Medical Council survey, conducted to inform the development of the recently published regulatory body’s new draft guidance on professional conduct and ethics, highlights the importance of medical practitioners observing patient confidentiality when using social media, with the failure to do so found to influence most patients’ view of their professionalism.

Vhi finally authorised by the Central Bank

Vhi Healthcare has announced today (July 28) that the Central Bank of Ireland has authorised the company as a non-life insurance company and an insurance intermediary, following €90 million of subordinated debt raised through a funding agreement with Berkshire Hathaway.

Portlaoise ‘downgrade’ gravely concerns GPs

The Laois Faculty of the ICGP and MIDOC GP out-of-hours service have expressed their grave concern at the proposed downgrading of services at the Midland Regional Hospital at Portlaoise, given the national and local importance of its location and the range of services provided.

PA move considered by IMO

The introduction of Physician Associates (PAs) to the Irish health service represents a “significant change”, the IMO has stated.

Drugs bill could hit €2bn

The State’s prescription bill could reach a massive €2 billion by 2026, a new study has predicted.

Delayed discharges lead to ‘perversion’ of system

There is insufficient capacity to allow both scheduled and unscheduled hospital care to continue safely, emergency medicine consultants have claimed.

Majority surveyed say scheme is ‘a bad idea’

New research has suggested that nine-in-10 (91%) Irish GPs think that free GP care for children under six is a bad idea.

Analysis is to aid service provision

The HSE plans to establish a multi-vendor framework arrangement to secure, as required, expert specialised health data analysis, commentary, and recommendations to supplement work of the Executive’s Knowledge Management and Health Intelligence team.

Cross-party group to examine childhood obesity

A new cross-political party Oireachtas group was launched last week to tackle childhood obesity and food poverty.

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