EDITORIAL: From Killarney to Kildare

The IMO has been busy since the last AGM, writes DANIELLE BARRON



Non-IMO consultants must to sign up to HRA to receive new pay scale

IMN has learned that the HSE will shortly inform consultants that, if they are not a member of the IMO, they will be required to formally confirm their agreement to the terms of the Haddington Road Agreement (HRA) in order to be placed on the recently agreed consolidated pay scales.



IMO CEO appointment due in autumn

The IMO hopes to have a new CEO in place by the autumn, the outgoing President of the Organisation has told IMN.



HIQA to review private providers

HIQA is planning to undertake a nationwide scoping exercise of all private healthcare providers and services in the State ahead of the introduction of licensing in 2015.


Dept expresses concern at lack of data


The Department of Health has warned that existing deficits in data collection and monitoring activities have “potentially serious consequences” for the achievement of Healthy Ireland, and say such deficits need to be urgently addressed, IMN has learned.



Hospitals set exclusion criteria


A number of hospitals have been using a set of exclusion criteria to decline certain dermatology referrals for at least a year, IMN has learned.



UHI could lead to tax cuts – Lynch



The Assistant Secretary General of the Department of Health has suggested that the introduction of universal health insurance (UHI) may lead to a cut in general taxation rates for the public.



Haddington Road pay scale consolidation


New consolidated pay scales have been set under the Haddington Road Agreement.



New National Clinical Lead for Mental Health appointed


Consultant psychiatrist Dr Margo Wrigley has been appointed as the HSE National Clinical Advisor and clinical programme group lead for  mental health, IMN has learned.



Dramatic turnaround in fortunes of IMO

The IMO has seen in increase in membership and recorded a small profit for 2013, according to their latest annual report.