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September 2, 2015

IMC wants ‘Safe Start’ for medics

The Irish Medical Council (IMC) is set to commission a €50,000 needs assessment to support the development and establishment of a new planned educational intervention to better support doctors newly practising in Ireland so as to establish good professional practice.

Midlands hospitals face €0.43m in EWTD fines

Twenty-three hospitals have been fined €1.52 million in total for breaches of the European Working Time Directive (EWTD) in the first five months of 2015, with penalties having reached 86 per cent of last year’s total by May.

HSE look for 200 northside beds

The HSE intends to invite private contractors with expertise in the delivery of community hospital-type services to possibly provide 150 to 200 long-stay and short-stay beds on the north side of Dublin.

SVUH appoints locum

St Vincent’s University Hospital (SVUH) has said it is confident that it will be able to commence the pancreas transplant programme on campus towards the end of September, and looks forward to working with all parties in building “a successful and sustainable pancreas transplant programme”.

HSE defends ‘€50 a week’ JobBridge post

The successful candidate for a JobBridge intern psychology services post at Waterford Mental Health Services “will not be doing the work of a qualified person”, but will only be carrying out “very specific tasks under supervision”, the HSE has insisted.

HSE to review rural practice allowances

All applications for the award of the rural practice allowance for GPs are set to be reviewed, amid disgruntlement over the criteria currently in place for granting the funding, Irish Medical Times understands.

North considers designated cross-border air ambulance

A high-level report has been ordered into the creation of an air ambulance for Northern Ireland or a cross-border service — and will be presented to the NI Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety “within weeks”, it has been reported.

‘No safe level of alcohol consumption’

The public should be aware that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption, and they should never drink because they believe there is a health gain from alcohol, the President of the RCPI has stated.

Cross-border hospice care for youths mooted

The Department of Health (DoH) is in consultation with the HSE regarding the scope that may exist for cross-border hospice care for children with life-limiting and terminal conditions. New arrangements will have to be agreed by the relevant authorities in Northern Ireland (NI), the DoH has said.

€47 million in savings now made by reference pricing

Reference pricing generated more than €47 million in savings in 2014, and is expected to deliver a further €25 million in 2015, the Minister for Health has said. Reference pricing “will ensure that generic drug prices in Ireland continue to fall towards European norms”, said Dr Leo Varadkar.

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