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June 28, 2016

Prof Hugh McKenna honoured by academy

An Ulster nursing expert has been honoured by a prestigious American academy. Prof Hugh McKenna of the University of Ulster has been appointed an International Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Such a fellowship has been given to just two other academics in Europe and only 16 across the world. Prof McKenna is also […]

Delayed discharges average 757 per week

The number of delayed discharges from hospitals continues to climb, averaging 757 per week in the first three months of the year, latest HSE figures reveal. This is compared to averages of 668 and 514 over the past two years, which means that delayed discharges have rocketed by nearly 50 per cent since 2007. The […]

EU governments set to reduce prices of medicinal products

EU governments can legally reduce medicinal product prices more than once a year and on the basis of predicted expenditure, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled. In a recent judgment, the Court reiterated that member states may organise their social security systems and regulate the consumption of pharmaceutical products in the interests of […]

Council asked to clarify its rules on struck-off doctors

PATIENT Focus has called on the Medical Council to explain how its rules ensure doctors who were struck off in another country could not be registered in Ireland. The patient advocacy group referred to a recent case in the courts where it emerged that a doctor who was removed from the register in another country […]

Leas Cross report for June

The final report from the Commission of Investigation established to investigate the management, operation and supervision of the former Leas Cross Nursing Home will not be completed until mid-June. The long-awaited report was originally due to be submitted to the Department of Health by the end of March, but this date was later revised to […]

Increase in referrals to services for children

The HSE has published its Review of Adequacy of Services for Children and Families 2007. The report shows a 10.5% increase in reports to the service in 2007 and a 24% increase over the last three years. The increase in referrals to the system, in a period of economic prosperity, does not reflect an increase […]

Possible spot checks for GP surgeries

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has published new standards to combat the spread of Healthcare Associated Infections. The standards may be enforced when legislation enabling a licensing system for hospitals is passed. Spot checks for GP surgeries are a possibility, said Jon Billings, HIQA’s Director of Healthcare Quality and Safety. This will be […]

Harassment and break-ins prompt fears

Niamh Mullen examines doctors’ concerns that the Medical Council was infringing their privacy by publishing their home addresses online. Fears of break-ins, harassment from drug addicts, forgery of prescriptions and being a target for unsolicited post were among the concerns of many doctors whose home addresses could be published publicly on the Medical Council’s Register. […]

Dr Clare Thornley wins prize

The winner of the 2009 Aindreas McEntee prize for creative writing is Dr Clare Thornley. Dr Thornley, who has an acupuncture and homeopathy practice at Forth Mountain, Wexford won the prize for her story ‘Blue Monday – 2010’, which tells the story of a day in the life of a GP struggling with declining resources […]

Director of NEGs appointed

Galway-based GP Dr Sinead Murphy has been appointed Director of the ICGP Network of Establishing GPs (NEGs) Programme. The programme is designed to support GPs in the first few years of their career and to provide more opportunities for young GPs to become involved in ICGP affairs. {openx:269} Dr Murphy was a founder member of […]

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