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August 1, 2014

Topless docs to star in calendar

Have you ever dreamt of being a top male model? If the answer is yes then read on: “Wanted! Male doctors and medical students prepared to have topless pictures of themselves published for a charity calendar for 2015.”

HSE cut STC payments, claim GPs

GPs have reportedly seen a significant reduction in their special type consultation (STC) payments for April and May, after what is being interpreted as a new  ‘letter of the law’ interpretation by the HSE of a deal on out-of-hours payments brokered last year.

Connolly’s 24/7 ED will not close on my watch — Varadkar

The Minister of Health Dr Leo Varadkar has pledged that the 24/7 Emergency Department (ED) at Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown will remain open under his watch.

No pay cut for NCHDs says IMO

The IMO has played down fears of a unilaterally imposed pay cut for NCHDs following confusion over a recent circular issued by the HSE.

New Head to develop GP contract

The new Head of Primary Care in the Department of Health, who will lead the development and implementation of policy and legislation in relation to key policy objectives of the Department, will be responsible for developing a fresh GMS contract for GPs participating in the medical card scheme

ICGP saddened by loss

The ICGP is “deeply saddened” by the continuing loss of civilian life in the Gaza strip, in particular the deaths of a significant number of children.

HSE high-value fund thresholds reduced

The HSE has implemented a further reduction in the value of the Standard Fund Threshold (SFT) for employees and managers with high-value pension entitlements from €2.3 million to €2 million in line with the entire civil service, with effect from January 1, 2014.

Extension of CIS cover ‘up to Department of Health’

Any extension of the Clinical Indemnity Scheme (CIS) cover would be a matter for the Department of Health, the State Claims Agency (SCA) has said.

Irish doctor honoured by European body

The European Group for Blood and Bone Marrow Transplantation (EBMT) conferred Prof Shaun McCann with Honorary Life Membership earlier this year (April 2014) — an honour bestowed on fewer than 30 people internationally.

Asthma research at Queens, Belfast, to focus on improving daily lives

Queen’s University Belfast has been named as a partner in a UK research centre focused on improving the lives of people with asthma.

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