Letter from HSE requesting a stop on Locum Doctor Recruitment

Hospitals across the country have received a letter from the HSE stipulating that they must stop recruiting locums to fill vacancies in emergency medicine, according to the Irish Medical News (IMN) However, a senior consultant in emergency medicine has questioned the HSE’s contention that the recent recruitment drive in India and Pakistan has “solved” the need for locum cover in emergency … Continue reading

Women using less reliable contraception due to Recession!

According to the Irish Family Planning Association’s (IFPA) Annual Report 2010, women are using less reliable forms of contraception. The report states that women are choosing less reliable but more expensive contraception methods eg the pill as they cannot afford the initial outlay for more effective long term contraception. According … Continue reading

Recruiting more NCHD’s will reduce overtime bill

The HSE will end up with more NCHDs in certain specialties than the number of existing vacancies after it allocates trainee doctors currently being recruited from India and Pakistan, Irish Medical Times exclusively reports.   Correspondence seen by IMT reveals that this is as a result of a deliberate plan … Continue reading

St Columcille’s Hospital, Loughlinstown – Services to close?

There have been calls on Health Minister James Reilly to clarify the Government’s position on the future of services at St Columcille’s Hospital in Loughlinstown. It had been suggested that the 24-hour Accident and Emergency unit would close and the hospital would only operate a daytime minor injury service. The … Continue reading

HSE Nursing Homes can charge over €2,000 per week

Nursing homes run by the HSE are charging weekly fees of up to €2,139, it emerged yesterday, according to the Irish Independent. However, it remains unclear how much an elderly person who needs to be admitted to one of these homes will have to pay if they have not been … Continue reading

Trust me – I am a Doctor………

Doctors are the most trusted profession in Ireland, according to a new survey. The survey, carried out by Millward Browne Lansdowne on behalf of the regulatory body, the Medical Council, showed that 88% of adults trusted doctors to tell them the truth. After doctors, the most trusted professions were teachers, … Continue reading

Our Health System could bankrupt our Country

Health Minister James Reilly has warned that unless reforms are made our healthcare system alone could bankrupt the country. “Even if we were not facing the dire financial situation this country does face, if we had no plan to reform our health service, the country would be bankrupted by the … Continue reading

Medical Card Savings for HSE

€76 million is the figure given for the amount of saving made as per the December 2010 Performance Report, due to spending on medical cards and other drug schemes in 2010. These new figures have come about due to profiles of medical card holders being “less expensive than the budgeted profile”, … Continue reading