The Department of Health wants to hire outside experts to carry out annual lifestyle surveys of the population over the next three years, at a potential cost to the Exchequer of more than €3 million.
Clarity is urgently needed on the draft GP contract for free care to the under-sixes, as it could result in a capitation payment of €70 to cover nine visits by under-sixes a year based on existing fee rates, the ICGP has warned.
The treatment of GPs by the State is a “very fractious issue” at present with the “absolute vilification” of general practice in total contrast to the political promises prior to the last general election, a leading doctor has noted.
In the wake of the salary top-ups scandal, the Medical Council’s CEO and Executives have reassured the medical community that their salaries are within the stipulated range and that they are not in receipt of extra payments in any shape or form.
The HSE has conceded that it is likely to achieve just 73 per cent of savings targeted under the Haddington Road Agreement (HRA), with an external evaluation by PA Consulting identifying “an unrealisable gap of €186 million between the total pay related budget cuts given to the health services at that time, versus the cost […]
The Healthcare Commissioning Agency (HCA) could potentially purchase emergency services from the private sector “if private hospitals could supply services that met all safety and quality standards at a price that was competitive”, the Department of Health has indicated.
The Irish Defence Forces have invited applications from doctors with “a reasonably high level of personal fitness”, among other requirements, to become Medical Officers in the Irish Defence Forces, IMT reports.
The Public Appointments Service (PAS) has been engaged to recruit a Chief Information Officer for the health services. However, the HSE is still awaiting formal sanction from the Department of Health to fill the post.
The Medical Council has announced that it has received official confirmation from the United States Department of Education that its accreditation processes are comparable to their standards, IMT reports.