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April 24, 2014

NCHDs want night rate pay backdated to 2008

  The IMO wants premium pay for any night duty-based work recently awarded to NCHDs by the Labour Court to be backdated to more than five-and-a-half years ago (August 2008), a move that could place enormous pressure on the health service budget.

Scrutiny of GMS management is urged

The North East GP branch of the IMO will propose an IMO AGM motion calling for a fundamental review of the management structures of the GMS.

Call for FEMPI repeal to be made at IMO AGM

IMO members will be called upon to adopt the position that “there is no place for anti-trade union legislation” and lobby the Government to repeal the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (FEMPI) Act.

Ballot is mooted over IMO retrospective review

The National Council of the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) is proposing that the decision over whether to proceed with a reassessment of the controversial €9.7 million pension payments to former Chief Executive Officer George McNeice should be determined through a ballot of its membership.

New Department of Health surveys to cost €3 million

The Department of Health wants to hire outside experts to carry out annual lifestyle surveys of the population over the next three years, at a potential cost to the Exchequer of more than €3 million.

€70 for nine under-six visits — warns ICGP

Clarity is urgently needed on the draft GP contract for free care to the under-sixes, as it could result in a capitation payment of €70 to cover nine visits by under-sixes a year based on existing fee rates, the ICGP has warned.

Private sector under review ahead of licensing bill

HIQA is to commission a comprehensive review of all private healthcare providers and services in the State ahead of the introduction of the Government’s planned new licensing regime.

GPs ‘absolutely vilified’ by State

The treatment of GPs by the State is a “very fractious issue” at present with the “absolute vilification” of general practice in total contrast to the political promises prior to the last general election, a leading doctor has noted.

Medical Council clear on top-ups

In the wake of the salary top-ups scandal, the Medical Council’s CEO and Executives have reassured the medical community that their salaries are within the stipulated range and that they are not in receipt of extra payments in any shape or form.

HSE admits Haddington Road shortfall looms

The HSE has conceded that it is likely to achieve just 73 per cent of savings targeted under the Haddington Road Agreement (HRA), with an external evaluation by PA Consulting identifying “an unrealisable gap of €186 million between the total pay related budget cuts given to the health services at that time, versus the cost […]

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