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November 27, 2015

Lack of consultants may force patients abroad

Irish patients will have to use the treatment abroad scheme to access new procedures as a result of an inability to attract suitably qualified consultants from aboard trained in the latest technologies.

System is like squeezing pints into quarts

The ED overcrowding crisis is bad enough, but its extent and regularity is shameful, says Consultant Committee Chairman and Beaumont Consultant in Emergency Medicine Dr Peadar Gilligan.

Financial emergency cuts are ‘no longer relevant’

There has been a “significant improvement” in terms and conditions for newly appointed consultants since 2012 — negotiated by the IMO — and this is the first step in the IMO’s objective to “fully reverse the inequitable and self-defeating pay cut imposed by Government on newly appointed consultants”, the union’s AGM will be told this […]

HSE yet to report on doctors’ retention rates

The HSE has not reported NCHD and consultant retention rates in the public health system in its Performance Assurance Report, which was meant to commence from March in line with a recommendation of the Strategic Review of Medical Training and Career Structure.

Minister backs call to end ‘forced retirements’

The HSE will this year aim to recruit 40 new consultants targeting “key specialties critical to the continuation of national services”.

30 switches to Type C approved

Thirty applications for changes to consultant Type C contracts were approved in 2014.

Posts to be advertised following IMO ballot

The HSE is expected to move immediately to advertise vacant consultant positions on new pay scales, following the acceptance by IMO consultants and NCHD members of revised proposals on pay and career structures for hospital consultants. 

Ballot on LRC pay proposals under way

An IMO ballot on new LRC consultant pay proposals, which began on January 12, is due to close on January 27, following a joint meeting of the IMO Consultant and NCHD Committees, which recommended that members vote in favour of the deal.

No basis to refuse referrals

There is no legal basis for catchment areas in the health service and if consultants do refuse a referral they have to give an alternative, the Minister for Health has insisted.

Form, fit and function of consultants

Dr Dermot J Ward examines the functions of a full-time hospital consultant and the trouble with so-called ‘part-timers’ in the profession.

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