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April 19, 2014

New Department of Health surveys to cost €3 million

The Department of Health wants to hire outside experts to carry out annual lifestyle surveys of the population over the next three years, at a potential cost to the Exchequer of more than €3 million.

€70 for nine under-six visits — warns ICGP

Clarity is urgently needed on the draft GP contract for free care to the under-sixes, as it could result in a capitation payment of €70 to cover nine visits by under-sixes a year based on existing fee rates, the ICGP has warned.

Private sector under review ahead of licensing bill

HIQA is to commission a comprehensive review of all private healthcare providers and services in the State ahead of the introduction of the Government’s planned new licensing regime.

GPs ‘absolutely vilified’ by State

The treatment of GPs by the State is a “very fractious issue” at present with the “absolute vilification” of general practice in total contrast to the political promises prior to the last general election, a leading doctor has noted.

Medical Council clear on top-ups

In the wake of the salary top-ups scandal, the Medical Council’s CEO and Executives have reassured the medical community that their salaries are within the stipulated range and that they are not in receipt of extra payments in any shape or form.

HSE admits Haddington Road shortfall looms

The HSE has conceded that it is likely to achieve just 73 per cent of savings targeted under the Haddington Road Agreement (HRA), with an external evaluation by PA Consulting identifying “an unrealisable gap of €186 million between the total pay related budget cuts given to the health services at that time, versus the cost […]

Private ED care is ‘an option’ — Dept of Health

The Healthcare Commissioning Agency (HCA) could potentially purchase emergency services from the private sector “if private hospitals could supply services that met all safety and quality standards at a price that was competitive”, the Department of Health has indicated.

Defence Forces seeks ‘fit’ doctors for MO commissions

The Irish Defence Forces have  invited applications from doctors with “a reasonably high level of personal fitness”, among other requirements, to become Medical Officers in the Irish Defence Forces, IMT reports.

PAS engaged to recruit Chief Information Officer

The Public Appointments Service (PAS) has been engaged to recruit a Chief Information Officer for the health services.  However, the HSE is still awaiting formal sanction from the Department of Health to fill the post.

US recognises MC accreditation standards

The Medical Council has announced that it has received official confirmation from the United States Department of Education that its accreditation processes are comparable to their standards, IMT reports.

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