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January 28, 2015

Varadkar in a ‘war on all fronts’

Gary Culliton looks at the numbers — from this year and last year — involved in the trolley crisis, and examines the response from the Minister for Health and the HSE to the situation.

Beaumont ED action deferred

Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) working in the Emergency Department at Beaumont Hospital have agreed to defer industrial action, scheduled to commence next week, following agreement reached at the Labour Relations Commission. 

New GP contract among health priorities for 2015

The Department of Health has identified the commencement of the development of new GP contract and increasing GP access to diagnostics among a total of 25 health priorities for the coming year. 

Insurance crisis ‘sparked exits’

More than 20 consultants ceased private practice by November last year because the cost of clinical indemnity had “become unaffordable”, and more are planning to leave the sector in 2015 if these costs are not addressed, the IHCA has warned.

Dispute looms over GP representation

The NAGP has instructed solicitors to issue legal correspondence to the health authorities this week over their failure to recognise the Association as a representative body for its 1,200-strong membership in ongoing GMS talks, IMT reports.

Co-ops can share Emergency Department burden

GP out-of-hours co-ops can help support overcrowded emergency departments (EDs) by contributing towards depopulating EDs and making the environment more manageable for both patients and staff.

Decision not yet taken by IMC over 13 doctors

The Medical Council has clarified that it has not refused registration, nor has a decision been made to remove 13 doctors from the Medical Register for alleged failure to meet professional competence requirements.

Work starts on new ethical guide

The Medical Council’s Ethics and Professionalism Committee has decided to establish a Drafting Working Group responsible for the contents of its new ethical guide, IMT reports.

NCHD shortfall in ‘same specialties, hospitals’

The NCHD shortfall is still concentrated in the same specialties in the same hospitals, the HSE has indicated.

LRC targets deemed ‘unrealistic, doomed to failure’

The IHCA has criticised contract proposals from the LRC for new entrant consultants, describing them as “discriminatory and doomed to fail”.

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