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June 28, 2016

IMO seeks CHO safeguards

A delegation from the IMO has met with HSE management this week to discuss the Community Healthcare Organisations (CHOs) roll-out and the implications for GPs, public health doctors and community medicine doctors, Irish Medical Times reports.

Contractual negotiations on transfer ongoing

The HSE has declined to allay fears of possible job cuts or a compromise on quality as a result of the transfer of the responsibility for GP training to the ICGP, as it believes commenting could undermine ongoing negotiations with the College.

1:1 GP/nurse ratio needed — PRC head

The ICGP’s new Director of the Postgraduate Resource Centre (PRC) has said that he would like to see a 1:1 ratio of GPs and practice nurses in the coming years in order to effectively manage chronic diseases.

ICU bed stock is putting patients at risk — IHCA

The IHCA’s new President Dr Tom Ryan, Consultant in Intensive Care and Anaesthesia at St James’s Hospital, Dublin, has expressed concern that the lack of intensive care unit (ICU) beds is putting patients’ lives at risk.

Under-sixes workload has ‘challenged’ co-ops

GP co-ops have been challenged by the extra out-of-hours work brought about by the introduction of free care for children under-six, a leading GP has indicated.

Faculty of Public Health wants supports for refugees

To coincide with World Refugee Day, the RCPI has called on the Government to address the health and social care needs of vulnerable migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in Ireland.

Children’s Triage System to become standard

The National Emergency Medicine Programme (EMP) has launched the Irish Children’s Triage System (ICTS), which has been piloted and audited in six hospitals, and will become the national standard.

New action plan moving forward on skin cancer

The first-of-its-kind National Skin Cancer Action Plan currently being devised by the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) and the Irish Cancer Society is well under way, with a draft plan due by the end of 2016.

Doctors unaware of requirement for Council number on notes

The lack of knowledge regarding the legal requirement for medical practitioners to include their Medical Council registration number (MCRN) on clinical notes seemed to be a major factor behind the poor levels of compliance, ranging up to almost 50 per cent in a major tertiary acute urban hospital.

Extending tax-financed system could help universal healthcare

Within primary care, universality could be advanced by extending the present tax-financed system, the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has said.

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