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October 20, 2014

Taoiseach’s weight behind UHI

The Taoiseach has insisted it is the Government’s intention “to deliver on Universal Health Insurance (UHI), by putting in place the building blocks”. Speaking to IMT at the Saolta hospital Groups conference in Westport, Enda Kenny delivered a strong endorsement of UHI, on the basis of the Government’s White Paper.

Primary legislation needed for Trusts

Primary legislation will be required in due course to give full effect to the introduction of hospital Trusts, which will be discussed in the next session, the Taoiseach has signalled. “Pending the enactment of this legislation, hospital Groups will be expected to demonstrate they have strong leadership and management,” Enda Kenny said.

On-call and call-out payments corrected

The HSE and its funded agencies have been once again directed to correct erroneously implemented payments, this time relating to allowances for hospital consultants.

New name for hospital Group

The West/North West Hospitals Group has a new name, Saolta University Health Care Group, which was unveiled last week at the Group’s second annual conference.

‘Continuum of services’ pledged by CHOs

The new Community Healthcare Organisations (CHOs) and the hospital Groups will be required to work together to ensure the full implementation of new national standardised models of care, it has emerged.

Three-year plan being implemented in the West

A detailed three-year implementation plan has been drawn up by Saolta University Health Care Group and the HSE’s Health and Wellbeing Division. The Healthy Ireland Framework is being implemented across Saolta, said Bill Maher, Group CEO.

Means test ‘should be main criterion’ for card

The Expert Panel on extending medical cards chaired by Prof Frank Keane, has recommended that “financial hardship or means testing should remain the main discriminator for selecting the large majority of those eligible for a medical card”.

IMO wants urgent meeting on threat

“It is not good enough to simply issue guidelines,” the IMO has warned in light of the severity of the current Ebola virus epidemic, which has been likened to the initial HIV/Aids outbreak, while calling on the Department of Health to meet with the medical representative body and the HSE as a matter of urgency, […]

RCSI target ‘tens of millions euro’ in charity

Ireland’s premier surgical training body is looking to philanthropy on an international scale to play a more significant and sustained role in the life and work of the College and has committed to significant investment in the creation of a development function, IMT reports.

Studies find no graves on new hospital site

The Development Board for the new children’s hospital and St James’s Hospital has confirmed that an Environmental Impact Study (EIS), which included an Archaeology Report, found no evidence of graves or any other features of archaeological significance on the proposed site for the multi-million euro development.

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