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Thursday 23 March 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Irish Medical Organisation

This year
# camhs
IMO hits out at Donnelly's suggestion new consultant contract will bring 'consistency' to CAMHS
The Health Minister yesterday said the HSE is seeking to appoint a national clinical lead for youth mental health.
Last year
# winter surge
IMO providing support to GPs to run additional clinics as winter virus infections surge
Chair of the IMO’s GP committee Dr Denis McCauley said there has been a “huge increase” in people presenting with respiratory illnesses.
Junior doctors vote overwhelmingly in favour of agreement to tackle unsafe working hours
The agreement also grants guaranteed access to leave for essential exams.
Doctors' group warns longer pub opening hours are 'regressive and harmful'
Proposed new laws would allow pubs open from 10.30am to 12.30am, seven days a week, while nightclubs could open until 6am.
Junior doctors vote 'overwhelmingly' in favour of industrial action over working conditions
The Irish Medical Organisation said it will now seek “urgent negotiations” with the Department of Health and HSE on the matter.
# Doctors
IMO's non-consultant hospital doctors to ballot for industrial action
A survey published today shows that 96% of NCHDs have been required to work over 48 hours a week.
All time
# Coronavirus
'Challenging winter ahead' for health service, says IMO president
Rising cases of Covid-19 and other respiratory viruses pose difficulties for an “exhausted” health system.
# escalating situation
Public health doctors defer three days of strike action planned for this month
The Irish Medical Organisation has said the decision was taken in light of the “rapid and escalating incidence of Covid-19 in Ireland”.
Health Minister 'disappointed' at public health doctor plans to strike for three days in January
The IMO has expressed disappointment at “no meaningful engagement” from the Department of Health for five months.
Who were the NAGP, the doctors' group at the centre of the Leo Varadkar leaking controversy?
The association had a colourful history before going into liquidation last year.
# Questions
Fianna Fáil minister says Varadkar's actions not 'appropriate' and calls for 'very frank' Dáil statement
Paschal Donohoe backed Leo Varadkar, even as pressure grows on the Tánaiste.
# Tánaiste
Varadkar acknowledges sharing GP agreement was 'not best practice' but rejects wrongdoing
Allegations that Varadkar breached a number of laws were made in a story by the Village magazine.
# Consultants
IMO to back public health specialists’ ballot on strike action after 'deeply disappointing' meeting with Dept
The IMO has backed plans by public health specialists to ballot for industrial action in a row over consultant contracts.
# covid19
Doctors concerned patients with chronic illnesses are delaying seeking medical care because of virus outbreak
The IMO said it is important to remember the pandemic does not prevent other diseases from occurring or patients becoming unwell from other infections.
# Waiting Lists
'Enough is enough': 94% of IMO consultants and doctors vote for industrial action
The IMO said its key demand is an end to the “unjustifiable pay inequality” faced by consultants.
'We are at breaking point': Hospital doctors to be balloted for industrial action
The Irish Medical Organisation warned of the potential for an “escalating campaign of industrial action”.
Doctors to vote on taking industrial action over pay for consultants
“This vote emphasises the frustration and anger that consultants and NCHDs face.”
# Over the Counter
Warning that patients may be going 'codeine shopping’ to access the addictive painkiller
Codeine addiction is at “epidemic” levels, according to a new article in the IMJ
# fine details
Harris hails 'significant step' as contract agreed with doctors for the provision of abortion services
The contract will be offered by the HSE to medical practitioners who express an interest in providing such services.
# warning
'Perfect storm' will see over 1,000 people on trolleys this winter
The IMO has said the situation won’t be due to a “flu crisis”, rather a “failure of policy”.
# irish hospitals
One in five women doctors in Ireland claim to have been sexually harassed
Bully and sexual harassment remain common in Ireland’s medical workplaces, according to the IMO.
# warning
Doctors say more babies are getting potentially fatal whooping cough
The condition can have fatal consequences for babies up to three months of age.
# definitions of success
'Don't keep it a secret': One in five female doctors has been sexually harassed at work
Nearly half of female doctors delay starting a family for career reasons.
# scaremongering
'If you want to give medical advice on vaccinations, become a doctor. If not, get out of the way'
Simon Harris was addressing doctors at the Irish Medical Organisation AGM yesterday.
# Injection centres
Drug dealing happens in mental health facilities across the country, doctor says
Injection centres, medicinal cannabis and investment were on the agenda at the IMO’s annual conference.
# warning
Doctor: People end up in foster care and jail because of drinking during pregnancy
Some 40,000 people are living with foetal alcohol syndrome in Ireland.
Should drink drivers get an automatic ban? Doctors will be debating that today
The Irish Medical Organisation’s AGM is happening in Galway.
# Outbreak
Is Ireland prepared to deal with Ebola? Doctors aren't convinced
“Obviously everyone in this country hopes that the Ebola virus is a problem that we never have to deal with”.
# Leo
Anyone with a reinstated discretionary medical card 'need not worry'
The Minister for Health said he will bring a series of proposals to Cabinet in the coming weeks on discretionary medical card reform.
# George McNeice
IMO votes against review into former boss's €10 million pension pot
George McNeice left the organisation with the massive pension pot in 2012.
# New Deal
Talks on new GP contract to start next month
The existing General Medical Services contract was devised over forty years ago.
# tensions
It's a start: Doctors agree to 'talks about talks' with Minister
The Irish Medical Organisation and Alex White will sit down about the plan to give free GP care to children under six.
# Doctors
Doctors' organisation says politics getting in way of patient treatment
IMO President Dr Matthew Sadlier was also critical of the free GP care plan and Universal Health Insurance proposals.
IMO members want a review into former CEO's €10m pension pot
A planned review of governance structures in the organisation was shelved last year.
# free gp care
White: I invited the IMO to talk about GP concerns - that hasn't happened
The IMO said it is studying the minister’s response to its concerns but criticised him for his refusal to negotiate fees with them.
# dosage concerns
Warning over risk if blood thinning drugs taken at wrong dose
The Irish Medical Organisation criticised the HSE over the method that it released the information.
# Children
IMO wants "real negotiations" on free GP care
Doctors held a ‘mass briefing’ for parliamentarians throughout today.
# Weight Loss
Link between anorexia and dental braces needs to be explored - report
A study of the condition in an Irish hospital found that it is developing a younger age and becoming more common in males
# Sneaky
Free under 6s GP care dubbed 'trojan horse' to change doctor conditions
The IMO said a new draft contract for the initiative would mean a significantly increased workload for doctors and would require additional resources.
# Junior Doctors
HSE set to sanction hospitals in breach of junior doctor working hours directive
The IMO and HSE will meet at the end of this month to decide which hospitals should be sanctioned for failure to comply with the directive which put an end to 24 hour shifts.