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October 25, 2014

Leadership needed on full capacity protocols

The Irish Association for Emergency Medicine (IAEM) has called for “political leadership” to ensure a safe solution is found on the issue of full capacity protocols (FCPs).

NAGP are ‘close’ to negotiating licence

A motion expected to be ratified at the upcoming AGM of the National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP) to change the Association’s constitution will allow the body to negotiate immediately with the Department of Health on behalf of Irish GPs, its CEO has said.

Keane ‘endorses IMO position’

The findings of Prof Frank Keane’s expert panel on extending medical card coverage have met with IMO approval, IMT reports.

IMO voices its concerns

The IMO has met with HSE officials to discuss concerns over preparations for dealing with suspected cases of Ebola and has stressed the need to establish sufficiently robust protocols for suspected cases in an emergency department setting.

HSE rules out low-risk Ebola case

The Ebola virus has been ruled out for a patient who had been considered a low risk for the disease, the HSE announced last Monday (October 20). The patient had been taken to the Mater Hospital displaying certain symptoms that required further testing at that hospital.

HPSC provides updated advice to GPs on Ebola

The HPSC has provided up-to-date advice on managing Ebola for GPs on its website www.hpsc.ie, following calls by the Minister for Health for clearer guidelines for treating cases in the wake of contradictory advice given by health officials.

Healthmail set to go live on November 10

Healthmail, which is currently being tested by 23 GPs, will go live on November 10, the ICGP has said.

Department describes ICGP meeting as ‘useful’

Hawkins House has described a recent meeting the Minister for Health and the Minister of State with responsibility for primary care held with representatives from the ICGP as “useful”, Irish Medical Times reports.

Dutch insurers concentrate market

The Netherlands has seen a strong tendency towards concentration in the insurance policy market and at present, four concerns have a collective market share of about 90 per cent, a hospitals’ conference in Westport has heard.

Savings and efficiencies of €130m announced

Among the measures announced as part of Budget 2015, there will be an extension of BreastCheck to women up to age 69 years, and an enhancement of Mental Health Teams.

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