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September 24, 2014

HSE approves the first ever Type C contracts

By Gary Culliton.   has recently sanctioned three requests for consultant Type C contracts (not posts). These relate to consultants who wish to switch from Type B contracts to Type C contracts. The Executive also refused one request and one request was deemed incomplete.  

US telehealth projects for Ireland

By Catherine Reilly Consultants and GPs in Ireland are to participate in three pilot care delivery projects based on a US telehealth initiative, through which primary care providers receive training and support from specialists.

Maintaining a high-quality workforce

RCSI President Prof Patrick Broe, a speaker at the forthcoming IHCA Annual Conference 2013, believes consultants can assist management to meet current and future challenges in retaining a quality health workforce head-on.

Under the spectre of Budget cuts

IHCA Executive Officer Cormac Ó Culáin fears continued structural underfunding of hospital and mental health services is compromising the quality of care provided to patients.

Action needed to stem the tide of emigration

IHCA Assistant Secretary General Donal Duffy gives a worrying depiction of an unprecedented exodus of senior consultant specialists from the Irish public health service he says requires urgent political action.

€30 million more ‘from private patients’

It is expected that the new inpatient charges will generate an additional €30 million in revenue in 2014 for public hospitals providing inpatient services to patients being treated privately by a consultant, writes Gary Culliton.

No resolution on rest days issue

By Gary Culliton. A meeting scheduled for last month (September 12) on the long-running consultants’ rest-days wrangle was cancelled at short notice and a further meeting will be sought by the IHCA. Following a meeting with the HSE, the IHCA had expected to receive new proposals to resolve the issue by the end of July.

One-fifth of consultant posts remain vacant

By Gary Culliton. The long-term use of and over-reliance on locums is “sub-optimal and this practice is affecting patient care,” the IHCA President Mr Denis Evoy told the Association’s Annual Conference. “At any given time in the public system, there are approximately 20 per cent of consultant posts either vacant or filled on a temporary [...]

Prestige posts are ‘hit by pay cuts’

By Gary Culliton. It has not proved possible to appoint a Professor of Surgery at Dublin’s Mater Hospital “because for someone to accept this most senior academic post they would actually have to take a pay cut of 30 per cent and worse terms and conditions,” the IHCA Annual Conference heard.

Type C contract flexibility envisaged

By Gary Culliton. There is a shift towards allowing more Type C contracts, “which would make recruitment a little more attractive,” the IHCA has reported.

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