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March 5, 2015

IHCA welcomes MacCraith, but warns of ‘brain drain’

The IHCA has today (July 8) welcomed the recommendations of the third MacCraith report, which highlights the growing recruitment crisis that currently exists in the health system.

Consultant appointments ‘should be redesigned’ — MacCraith

The current multi-step consultant appointment process should be “re-designed and modernised” as a matter of priority, a new report published today (July 7) has urged.

Recruitment and retention remain main issues for consultants’ group

Gary Culliton spoke with Chairman of the Consultant Committee of the IMO Prof Trevor Duffy about why the health service is continuing to have such a difficult time recruiting consultants, and the limitations of relying on a locum workforce.

The haves and the have-nots

Dara Gantly examines why the Government is changing its mind on a two-tier consultant salary.

Rest days proposals accepted following ballot

By Gary Culliton. IMO consultants have accepted CME and the rest days proposals following a ballot of members. Following negotiations, the “onerous nature” of 1:3 and 1:4 rotas has been recognised and health service management has committed to the elimination of all rotas in excess of a 1:5 requirement.

Just 31 new consultants on new entry grade

By Gary Culliton.   Just 31 new consultants have been appointed at the Level One entry grade, new figures reveal.

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.  

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