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November 26, 2015

New kid on the block

There is nothing new about medical indemnity insurance, David Walsh, the Managing Director of insurance brokers in the Irish market, Challenge, tells Lloyd Mudiwa.

HSE needs ‘a Michael O’Leary’

Ryanair’s CEO concurs with the view of some critics of the HSE that the Executive needs ‘Michael O’Leary-type strong management’, and true to his mantra, blames politicians and trade unions for the poor state of the Irish health service.

€22 million ambulatory care centre for Kilkenny

A €22 million state-of-the-art facility housing Ireland’s first Integrated Ambulatory Care Centre (IACC) at the site of St Luke’s General Hospital in Kilkenny will open on a phased basis by the New Year.

€15,000 rest days award

The IMO recently received a significant recommendation that resulted in an award in excess of €15,000 in lieu of a hospital consultant’s untaken rest days. The union claimed the hospital refused to honour the terms of the Consultant Rest Days Agreement negotiated in April 2014.

NCHDs under ‘impossible pressure’

There has been an unacceptable lack of progress made on the transfer of tasks from NCHDs to nurses as agreed under the Haddington Road Agreement, according to the IMO.

Tallaght review ‘is ongoing’

A clinician from Tallaght Hospital contacted the Minister for Health, Dr Leo Varadkar, last year in relation to concerns over alleged whistleblower intimidation, it has emerged. In December the Minister wrote to the Chair of the Tallaght Board requesting that the whistleblower intimidation allegations be investigated.

A lack of framework leaves children exposed

The IMO has expressed its concerns over the continued lack of a framework under which GPs can provide Tusla reports, which is potentially leaving vulnerable children at risk “as the reports currently exist in a contractual vacuum whereby no set criteria, protocol or fee is involved”.

Health Minister reveals locations of open beds

Details have emerged of the locations of 301 beds to be opened to cope with winter surges. The Minster for Health, Dr Leo Varadkar, announced funding for 301 beds to open in 2015 to support hospitals.

IMO blasts publishing of GP payments as ‘misdirection’

The IMO has lambasted the publication of payments to GPs, which has attracted dramatic news headlines, as misdirection by the health authorities, highlighting that a GP receives an average of just €10 per month per GMS patient regardless of how often they attended their physician, IMT reports.

Mortality data ‘not for public assurance’

Hospital mortality data must be used for quality improvement purposes and not to provide quality assurance, the RCSI’s annual Millin Meeting has heard.

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