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October 30, 2014

CPsychI debate set to explore life of the carer

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland’s 2014 Spike Milligan Public Speaking Competition will take place next month in Dublin on the theme of the carer.

Shift in surgical training pathway ongoing — RCSI

The next major hurdle in the transformation of the Surgical Training Pathway in Ireland is progression from one year of basic specialist training (known as ST2) on to the next level ST3, which will be tested in February/March 2015, the former RCSI President has revealed.

Net reduction in critical care beds

Based on the 2014 national census of critical care beds, there are currently 233 adult critical care beds in public hospitals — well short of the 579 target for 2020 and even below the 289 number recorded just a few years ago.

NOCA working to deliver mortality audit

The National Office of Clinical Audit (NOCA) has “more recently” taken on the delivery and governance of a Comparative Audit of Hospital Mortality, which will allow hospitals to monitor mortality rates across all specialties.

RCSI generates an annual €20m for Irish economy

It is estimated that the RCSI generates approximately €20 million annually to the economy through employment and other taxes, with an equivalent amount accruing from the multiplier effect of international students, according to the College’s latest annual report.

RCSI College Board role is outlined

The RCSI’s new College Board, which reports to Council, deals with matters outside the specific surgical training and educational remit in parallel with, rather than as part of, core Council activities, according to former President Prof Patrick Broe.

New 3U Partnership office opened in China

The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, officially opened 3U Partnership’s China Office in Beijing’s award-winning Galaxy SOHO urban complex last weekend.

Delayed discharges up by 15% in a year

The number of delayed discharges in acute hospitals increased by 15 per cent in August 2014 compared to the same period last year, and this upward trend may continue over the winter period, according to the HSE.

Goal still on recruitment drive for Ebola fight

Goal has blamed the technical and personal difficulties Irish healthcare professionals face in uprooting themselves for the low response to date to its emergency recruitment drive

EU to boost Ebola research with €24.4m

The European Commission has announced €24.4 million for urgently needed Ebola research, which is being fast-tracked from Horizon 2020, the EU research and innovation programme.

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