The perennial problem of emergency department overcrowding will not be fixed overnight, writes DANIELLE BARRON
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The IMO has written to the Chief Justice expressing concern at the number of doctors who are being subpoenaed to attend court at short notice and the impact this is having on their day to day practice, it has emerged.
The Director of Industrial Relations with the IMO, Mr Steve Tweed, has stressed that the performance measurement criteria contained in the new Labour Relations Commission proposals on pay for new entrant consultants are all set out in the Consultant Contract 2008.
The IMO has expressed concern that patients can only register for the new national diabetic retina screening programme – Diabetic RetinaScreen – via their GP and says this is adding to the workload of GPs.
Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin (OLCHC) has seen a significant increase in the number of children presenting to its emergency department (ED) with acute mental health distress, IMN has learned.
The HSE is looking to design a performance assurance system with the aim of transforming how midwives and other healthcare employees provide care to patients, IMN reports.
Industrial action undertaken by the IMO regarding salary scales for NCHDs on “run through programmes” could escalate if other hospitals decide to implement the new scales imposed by the HSE, IMN reports.
The NAGP is to contact the Competition Authority this week to ascertain if it is anti-competitive for the Government to negotiate with only one doctors’ union.
IMN has learned that just €5 million of the €20 million in additional funding for mental health staffing provided in 2014 has been spent on the sector to date, with half of the funds allocated to the overall health budget.
The HSE Director General has admitted that a €180 million in “non-specified pay savings” included in the 2014 Service Plan was never sought as it was “not realistic”.
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