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October 1, 2014

IMO ballot to proceed after terms agreed

The IMO is to ballot members on Labour Relations Commission (LRC) proposals for a new consultants pay scale, following agreement with health service employers that changes to the terms for clinical directors will only apply to consultants appointed on the 30 per cent reduced salary scale.

Resources and advocacy placed high on rural doctors’ agenda

The three-day Rural Island and Dispensing Doctors of Ireland National Conference 2014 takes place at the Carlton Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe, Co Galway this coming weekend. 

HSE is non-compliant with procurement rules

A review by the Comptroller and Auditor-General (C&AG) has identified a significant level of non-compliance with procurement rules first introduced in 2002 in relation to the HSE’s 2013 expenditure, partly blamed on the lack of a single national financial and procurement system.

Goal seeks to recruit 60 in Ebola fight

GOAL has launched an emergency recruitment drive with the aim of enlisting 60 Irish medical staff to help stop the spread of the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa

Periodic payments Bill expected soon

Legislation will be brought forward and enacted this year to enable staggered or periodic payments in medical negligence cases, the Department of Justice has said.

Deal ‘cannot be trusted’ — IHCA

The lack of clarity on the new consultant salary proposals and the attempt to change the terms for Clinical Directors confirm that HSE proposals “cannot be trusted”, the IHCA has stated.

DoH reviews PCC leases

The HSE has submitted proposals to the Department of Health for the re-advertising of primary care centres (PCCs) to be provided under operational lease arrangements with the private sector, IMT has learned.

Renewed PC strategy sought by Department

The Department of Health is conducting a review of the current primary care model of service delivery in order to devise a renewed model expected to be implemented over three years, IMT reports. A review is also to be conducted of island (primary care) services.

Termination guidelines ‘go further than Act’ — IOG

A new Department of Health guidance document imposes no time limit in carrying out a medical procedure under the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act, the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (IOG) has pointed out. However, the new guidelines “go further than the Act”, the IOG added. This is because the document made reference to […]

GPs to shape new strategy

ICGP members are set to be surveyed this month to help “closely inform” the College’s Council on possible strategic objectives to be included in an “effective and representative successor” to the Strategic Plan of the College, IMT reports. A working group, comprising Research Unit Director Dr Claire Collins, PRO at the Kildare Faculty Dr Brendan […]

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