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May 30, 2016

13 ‘ethical guides’ due

The Medical Council has requested that all 13 post-graduate training bodies provide in-depth specialty specific elaboration on the back of the recently updated Ethical Guide.

‘Shock’ at under-sixes hospital referrals in SouthDoc

The Medical Director of SouthDoc has expressed his shock at a 55 per cent increase in the number of under-sixes referred by the service to hospitals, with “GP burnout” the main culprit.

400 consultants make pay claims

The HSE has received nearly 400 claims from solicitors representing consultants pursuing “payment of wages” in the space of six months, which could result in High Court proceedings to force the Executive to release salary increases due, it has emerged.

DoH HQ move due in early 2017

The proposed relocation of the Department of Health (DoH) to Miesian Plaza, the former Bank of Ireland HQ in Baggot Street, is set to commence in Quarter 1 of 2017, but there is likely to be an overlap when the Ministry will be running both its new office and the current one at Hawkins House.

Council to meet nursing body on bullying issue

A “very significant amount of bullying” of NCHDs is initiated by paramedics or nurses, and the Irish Medical Council (IMC) is due to raise the issue with the nursing and midwifery regulator when the two organisations meet in a week’s time, IMT reports.

Ireland could be referred to ECJ over EWTD compliance

There is a risk the European Commission could refer Ireland to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) again for failure to comply with the European Working Time Directive (EWTD), particularly the 48-hour working week, the Department of Health (DoH) has warned.

IMO condemns pause in hospital recruitment

A recruitment pause within the HSE would mean hospitals being “condemned to continue to operate at occupancy levels we know are unsafe”, the IMO has warned.

IMC urges data sharing

The Medical Council will look to raise with the new Minister for Health the need for all hospitals to produce clinical outcomes data regularly as a mechanism for boosting patient safety, Irish Medical Times reports.

EJD joins in calls for TTIP health exclusion

European Junior Doctors (EJD) has joined other European and international medical associations in calling for public healthcare services and public health policy to be excluded from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

New initiative to boost diagnostics and surgery

A new minor surgery initiative should enable 10,000 procedures that would have been on hospital waiting lists to be fast-tracked in general practice this year, according to the HSE.

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