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December 23, 2014

Job shift is ‘not enough’

Issues blocking recruitment and retention of consultants have not been addressed, the IHCA has insisted – despite a new Department of Health initiative to ease switching between hospital specialist posts.

‘New consultant grading structure’ may emerge

By Gary Culliton.   A new grading structure for consultants may emerge as a result of moves this week. The Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly has indicated that he now wishes to address issues concerning consultant recruitment, particularly in relation to established consultants seeking to move between posts and hospitals. Dr Reilly also wants [...]

‘Publish data on cash recovered’ — report

By Gary Culliton.   Health insurers should publicly acknowledge that fraud/malpractice exists and should publish data on the extent of monies recovered from hospitals and consultants, a new report urges.  

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.

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