Indemnity insurance legislation published


New legislation has been published, which ensures that medical practitioners have adequate levels of indemnity insurance.



New GP contract 'may be discussed' - Lynch


The recently appointed Primary Care Minister has said that a new GP contract may be discussed with GPs once agreement has been reached in relation to free GP care for children under-six and the over-70s.



HSE reissuing discretionary medical cards


The return of discretionary medical cards is continuing with more than 10,000 cards now reissued to those who were refused a card since July 2011.



Consultant negotiations continue


Discussions are continuing to take place between health service management and the IMO on implementing the recommendations contained in the recent MacCraith report concerning the recruitment and retention of consultants.



EDITORIAL: Varadkar in the House


The new Health Minister has made clear his priorities, writes DANIELLE BARRON



Cooperation needed to tackle complaints


All bodies involved with dealing with complaints in the health sector should meet regularly to share intelligence, according to the Ombudsman.



Free GP care may not be 'free'

The possibility of introducing a nominal fee for health services in the delivery of universal free GP care has been under discussion within the Department of Health in the past, IMN can reveal.


Varadkar and the poison chalice

The most prominent change in the recent Cabinet reshuffle was the appointment of  Minister Leo Varadkar as Health Minister, meaning the former Transport and Tourism Minister, will now have the pleasure of dealing with fiascos around medical cards rather than over-hyped country and western singers.



Decline in use of blood and platelets has serious impact on IBTS income


A decline in the use of blood and platelets has had a serious impact on the income of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS), according to its latest annual report.



Medicine on a large scale

Cork GP Dr John Sheehan speaks to NIAMH CAHILL about his recent election  as Fianna Fáil Councillor for the Cork North Central electoral area.


Holles St move may be delayed


The new National Maternity Hospital at St Vincent’s University Hospital campus, Dublin may not be built by 2018, as initially advised by Government.



Pressures on SVUH diabetes clinic


The diabetes clinic at St Vincent’s University Hospital (SVUH) in Dublin has been forced to extend its routine annual review of uncomplicated type 2 diabetic patients to 18 months due to a number of pressures on the service, IMN has learned.



Under-six GP Bill changes defeated in Seanad


A number of further amendments to the Health (General Practitioner) Bill 2014 proposed by Senator John Crown have failed to gain support in the Seanad.



GPs unimpressed by over-70s GP visit card move


Several GPs have expressed concern at Government plans to provide free GP visit cards for the over-70s.



Minister must engage with IHCA – Crotty


The IHCA has said that the new Health Minister Leo Varadkar must engage with the Association to address the consultant recruitment crisis.



Lifetime Community Rating introduced


Health Minister James Reilly has announced that he has signed into law a new measure to encourage people to take out private health insurance at a younger age.



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