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May 2, 2016

State locum agency required, says ICGP

The ICGP has said it is concerned by mounting stress levels impacting on GPs, with limited resources, locum cover and ever-growing workloads now hallmarks of Irish general practice. The College is urging health authorities to intervene by establishing a New Zealand-style national locum agency to provide guaranteed cover.

Greater powers sought for Preliminary Proceedings Committee

The Irish Medical Council (IMC) is working with the Department of Health (DoH) on amendments to the Medical Practitioners Act, 2007, to help the regulatory body streamline its own processes, including the introduction of mechanisms to deal with less serious complaints in an effective and expeditious manner, in the interests of patient safety.

Health groups must ‘turn the world upside down’

Britain’s Lord Nigel Crisp, Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health in Westminster, has called for a new approach to global health — ‘turning the world upside down’ — through partnerships for mutual learning and co-development.

IMO ‘appalled’ over delay on RPA

Breaking news: The Department of Health (DoH) has advised the IMO of a delay in the implementation of the Statutory Instruments required to facilitate the introduction of the new rural support framework and amended special items of service, due to come into force on Sunday (May 1).

Competition would ease waiting lists — PHA

A structured “waiting list capacity initiative” and a competitive system for commissioning hospital care would significantly ease pressure on the health service, according to new proposals by a group of private hospitals.

Twice as many consultant dermatologists needed — ISF

Ireland has a critical shortage of consultant dermatologists and, from figures supplied by the Irish Skin Foundation (ISF), needs to almost double the number of consultants in the public health system.

RCSI to test biomaterial for islet engraftment

The RCSI is working to develop biomaterial that will form part of an advanced therapeutic medicinal product (ATMP), consisting of a three-dimensional gel scaffold containing biomaterial drug delivery components to aid islet engraftment and survival.

Improvement leads due for hospital groups

The HSE plans to designate an improvement lead for each hospital group to provide support in meeting national targets for appointments and treatments.

Galway adolescent sexual assault treatment service to resume

A resolution has been reached between the HSE and the forensic examiners who provide the Child and Adolescent Sexual Assault Treatment (CASAT) service in Galway and the service has fully resumed, the Executive has confirmed.

Research to identify biomarkers in prostate cancer treatment

Dr Emma Allott has been awarded more than €200,000 to investigate the role of cholesterol in prostate cancer under a unique transatlantic cancer research collaboration.

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