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May 27, 2015

Unresourced extra workload ‘impossible’

A new deal for GPs acknowledges at last that they do not have to do everything channelled their way by the State, the IMO’s GP Chair Dr Padraig McGarry told Gary Culliton. €75 million is the total in new funding now coming into general practice

Minister to amend the MPA

True to his word, the Minister for Health, who has been lobbied by both the Irish Medical Council (IMC) and the Overseas Medics of Ireland (OMI), has moved to amend primary legislation to facilitate access to the Training Specialist Division (TSD) of the Medical Register for all non-EU doctors, Irish Medical Times has learned.

Doctors had ‘no option’

Working conditions in the Irish health service have left doctors with “no option but to leave” the country, a new survey of emigrant Irish health professionals has suggested.

Contract for 14 PCCs

The National Development Finance Agency (NDFA), part of the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA), has named Prime Balfour Beatty as preferred tenderer for a €140 million Primary Care Centre (PCC) Public Private Partnership (PPP) project.

Lack of leadership and NCHD staffing ‘serious risk’

Clinical experts on the HIQA Investigation Team identified the lack of senior clinical leadership and supporting formal clinical network arrangements — coupled with the current staffing arrangements for NCHDs — as a serious concern and risk for the sustainability of the maternity services at Portlaoise Hospital.

State Claims Agency advice ‘did not cut risks’

The State Claims Agency (SCA) through its Clinical Indemnity Scheme knew of actual or potential risks in the maternity services at Portlaoise Hospital for seven years prior to the Chief Medical Officer’s report on the hospital.

HIQA: the hospital risks ‘were ignored’

The HSE did not take account of the recommendations and risks identified in previous local and national HIQA reviews, the Authority has said.

Audit active in range of programmes

The National Office of Clinical Audit (NOCA) is now working with the Major Trauma Audit, led by Dr Conor Deasy, and the Irish Hip Fracture Database, led by Dr Emer Ahern and Mr Conor Hurson.

NOCA audit stream still dormant

The first audit stream of the National Office of Clinical Audit (NOCA), the Irish Audit of Surgical Mortality (IASM), remains dormant three years later due to legal constraints, Irish Medical Times reports.

More than 70,000 screened under DiabeticRetina Screen

More than 70,000 patients with diabetes have undergone screening with the new National Diabetic Retinal Screening Programme to date and in excess of 700 new patients register every month, the Annual Conference of the Irish College of Opthalmologists (ICO) was told.

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