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# Consultants

Last month
November 2023
Over 1,000 hospital consultants sign up to new public-only contract
Under the new contract, consultants can be asked to work 8am to 10pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 6pm Saturday as part of their core 37-hour week.
This year
It is 'inevitable' the health service will have to move to a seven-day roster, Tánaiste says
HSE chief Bernard Gloster said last week he is seeking to introduce a “permanent” seven-day working roster for hospital staff.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar also said a seven-day roster is something the government will be discussing with the healthcare unions.
The INMO on Wednesday revealed that 11,856 people were without hospital beds in May.
'Winter trolley numbers in May': INMO slam hospital wait times as almost 12,000 without beds
Explainer: Why are HSE bosses calling for a ‘permanent’ seven-day roster for hospital staff?
'We need more decision-makers at weekends': Donnelly to press ahead with new consultant contract
IMO and IHCA members have voted to reject the new contract, which comes into force today.
Last year
Junior doctors to vote on deal aiming to eliminate long and unsafe working hours
Doctors have repeatedly warned current conditions are dangerous for patients and causing burnout for doctors.
19,866 new Covid cases reported as consultants warn hospitals face increased pressure
As of 8am today, 1,466 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of whom 55 are in ICU.
All time
Non-EU doctors in Ireland now being considered for specialist training on equal footing as EU applicants
Previously these healthcare professionals had been considered only after EU doctors were.
'A slap in the face': Backlash to HSE memo asking consultants to agree to unfinished contract
The HSE has acknowledged this morning that the memo has “led to some confusion”
Opposition TDs call on Health Minister to explain Sláintecare resignations
Laura Magahy and Dr Tom Keane have stepped down from their roles.
Doctors displeased with some 'alarming' terms in draft Sláintecare consultant contract
Doctors have criticised some of the terms in the draft contract firmed up at the end of May.
A Sláintecare public hospital consultant contract was firmed up on 31 May.
Doctors have criticised some of the terms in the draft contract.
The Irish Hospital Consultants Association is seeking "urgent" negotiations, writes Orla Dwyer.
84 public health consultant roles to be created under proposed Dept Health and IMO deal
It’s understood that the IMO will recommend the agreement to their members.
Three in four consultants in Irish hospitals report burnout from Covid-19, study finds
One quarter had reported that either they or colleagues had experienced “long-Covid” after being infected.
Public health doctors accept invitation for talks with Department of Health over ongoing dispute
In a ballot in November, 94% of IMO’s public health doctors voted in favour of strike action.
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.
'We are firefighting': Consultants warn newborns may be at risk due to Covid pressure on hospitals
Many neonatal units have no isolation facilities to deal with coronavirus patients.
Dr Gabrielle Colleran: 'We cannot tolerate elderly patients lying on trolleys when Covid-19 is still a threat'
Dr Gabrielle Colleran of the Irish Hospital Consultants Association says healthcare will have to take on a very different shape in the coming months.
Consultant says private hospital contract is ‘a bad deal’ for taxpayers
Last month the government reached an agreement with private hospitals to use all of their facilities during the Covid-19 crisis.
'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.
Doctors to vote on taking industrial action over pay for consultants
“This vote emphasises the frustration and anger that consultants and NCHDs face.”
Hospital consultants to ballot for industrial action if govt doesn't provide 'concrete proposals'
The IMO said it is setting a 21-day deadline for the receipt of serious proposals.
Consultant shortages causing 'a spiral of burnout, stress and emigration'
About one million patients in Ireland are on waiting lists to see a consultant.
'Two friends died by suicide': Doctors say 'profoundly dysfunctional' health service takes huge toll
Consultants have said staffing and resource issues are impacting their mental health and compromising patient care.
Consultants say removing private care from public hospitals is ignoring 'the elephant in the room'
The Irish Hospital Consultants Association has said capacity issues need to be urgently addressed.
Private patients should not be treated in public hospitals, report finds
A new report says all new consultants should move to a contract that will end private clinics in public hospitals.
Consultants blame government for staffing 'crisis' as report finds pay higher than UK levels
A government report found that Irish consultants have higher gross salaries than the UK or New Zealand.
Consultants at Cork and Galway hospitals failed to provide evidence of tax compliance
Sipo investigated the doctors after they missed a deadline by which they had to reply.
Ireland's pay rates are not pushing more nurses, midwives and doctors to work abroad - report
The report said that there were issues around recruiting consultants with certain specialities in specific areas.
Thousands of consultants to get pay rises in €200 million deal
Paschal Donohoe said “absolutely gigantic” amounts of money were involved in the case.
'Not happening by accident' - waits for heart services at Dublin children's hospital exploded in the last two years
Temple Street says it currently has access to only one consultant cardiologist, with that consultant “only commissioned to one clinic per week”.
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.
Leo Varadkar suggests consultants should 'clock in' to ensure they're at work
His comments were in response to an RTÉ Investigates programme which revealed that one consultant left his work at a public hospital to treat private patients at a different hospital.
How many HSE doctors does Navan hospital's emergency department have? None
Four of the five locum/agency doctors at the hospital’s emergency department went on wildcat strike two weeks ago in a row over plans to slash their rate of pay.
'Risk to the public': 128 doctors working as consultants not on the required specialist register
The figures came following a parliamentary question asked by Sinn Féin’s Louise O’Reilly.
Concern about doctors without specialist training filling consultant posts
Consultants say these doctors do not have the expertise necessary to make the right decisions for patients.
Should drink drivers get an automatic ban? Doctors will be debating that today
The Irish Medical Organisation’s AGM is happening in Galway.
Consultants will be getting a pay rise after HSE drops high court appeal
The consultants’ claims relate to the terms of a 2008 pay deal.
Irish Water: 'We did not waste €70m on consultants'
Irish Water state the money was spent on experts that were needed to set up the utility.
Enda Kenny says money is there to fill Mater job, but no one has applied
Professor Kevin Walsh, Consultant Cardiologist at the Mater Hospital has raised concerns about resources.
Dublin City Council has paid out more than €18 million on consultants since 2013
The area of Environment and Transportation accounted for more than half of the consultant fees paid out.
Jury returns medical misadventure verdict at Dhara Kivlehan inquest
Earlier today, the former Master of Holles St Hospital hit out at the lack of continuity of care at senior consultant level afforded to Dhara Kivlehan the week before her death.