By Gary Culliton. The Minister for Health has scheduled a top-level summit meeting this week to tackle trolley waits, amid growing concern at emergency department (ED) overcrowding and the spread of influenza.
By Dara Gantly. The EU Cross-Border Directive on Healthcare could be transposed into Irish law by the end of the month, Irish Medical Times understands.
By Lloyd Mudiwa. The Medical Council wants to develop a “proportionate and targeted” approach to its regulatory activities, by among other things establishing a framework with employers in the private, public and voluntary health sectors to ensure that complaints are addressed properly and at the appropriate level.
By Gary Culliton. The IMO has criticised “meaningless” Government promises on health reform, highlighting the continued failure to publish the White Paper for Universal Healthcare.
By Gary Culliton. Members of the IMO National GP Committee briefed 105 TDs and Senators last week (Feb 26) from all parties on the union’s opposition to the proposed contract to under-sixes GP care.
By Gary Culliton. A total of 11 new medical assessment beds will be open from next week at Letterkenny General Hospital, confirmed Minister for Health Dr James Reilly, who attended a reopening ceremony for the flood-damaged hospital on Monday, March 3.
By Dara Gantly. The RCPI is to examine whether working conditions in hospitals are causing ill health among doctors and contributing to difficulties in their recruitment and retention.
By Lloyd Mudiwa. Family doctors from the Mid-West will hold a meeting next Monday (March 10) at the Strand Hotel in Limerick city as part of the growing movement against the crisis in general practice, stemming from the fallout over the new draft GP contract to treat under-sixes.
By Gary Culliton. The IHCA has welcomed the proposed review of emergency departments (EDs) and acute services, “to ensure that they are properly resourced and that patients can be admitted in a timely basis”.
By Lloyd Mudiwa. The Irish Anti-Vivisection Society (IAVS) has urged the Department of Health to recall the statistics of animals used in live experiments in Irish laboratories in 2012 and sort out alleged inaccuracies associated with them.