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March 26, 2015

€3 million boost for primary care research

The Health Research Board (HRB) has awarded €3 million in funding for research meant to enhance the delivery of primary care in Ireland.

Minister officially opens ED at Mater Private

The Minister for Health Dr Leo Varadkar a fortnight ago officially opened the Emergency Department at Dublin’s Mater Private Hospital (MPH), the first private casualty division on Dublin’s north-side.

UHI roadmap expected

The Minister for Health expects to have the initial results from a universal health insurance (UHI) costing analysis exercise in April, following which he “will revert to Government with a roadmap on the next steps to UHI”.

Model to guide ABI services for youths

The National Clinical Programme for Rehabilitation Medicine (NCPRM) has developed its model of care (currently going through public consultation) to guide the development of services for children and teenagers with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI).

23 Clinical Programme posts filled to date

Some 23 of the 35 posts identified to provide for the implementation of the Clinical Programme to address self-harm presentations in emergency departments as part of the investment in mental health in 2013, are now in place and the remainder are in the recruitment process, it has emerged. 

UCC launches MSc in Audiology

Ireland’s first Master’s degree programme in Audiology in Ireland will be provided by the College of Medicine and Health at University College of Cork (UCC).

Console honoured for work with ‘forgotten Irish’

The National suicide prevention charity, Console, was honoured in London last week for its work among the so-called forgotten Irish in the UK. 

Cabinet backs over-70s Bill

The Government yesterday (March 24) approved a new Bill to provide a universal GP service for everyone over the age of 70, marking the first step in the Coalition’s pledge for free GP care.

GPs call for united front

GPs from the North West have called on the IMO, NAGP and ICGP to adopt a united front during the forthcoming negotiations on a new GMS contract.

Talks possible ‘in a fortnight’

The Chair of the IMO GP Committee is optimistic that full negotiations on a new overall contract for GPs can begin within the next two weeks.

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