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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
The HSE will this year aim to recruit 40 new consultants targeting “key specialties critical to the continuation of national services”.
Thirty applications for changes to consultant Type C contracts were approved in 2014.
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.
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.
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.