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June 26, 2016

IMO agrees new deal on starting pay scale

Professional achievements will be recognised in determining where new-entrant consultants start on the salary scale, IMO Director of Industrial Relations Steve Tweed told Gary Culliton. Now, experience and qualifications obtained in parallel count towards pay.

Vacancy rate falling — Minister

The vacancy rate for consultants is now falling, the Minister for Health has stated and it now stands at 170, “which is 6.3 per cent,” said Dr Leo Varadkar.

Move to boost weekend discharges

New actions focused on changing consultants’ work practices will be taken, the Minister for Health has said.

Deal on incremental credits is agreed

The HSE has claimed that in the seven months to July it has filled more hospital consultant posts than during the whole of 2014, and a deal has finally been agreed on an Incremental Credit Committee (ICC) document between the HSE and the IMO.

New consultants for MRHP

Decisions on the future of Portlaoise Hospital will not be based on “financial considerations or political bias or interference”, the Minister for Health has pledged.

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”.

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