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# Consultants

Last week
28th May 2023 - 3rd June 2023
# roster tensions
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?
This year
# Stephen Donnelly
'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
# Overtime
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.
# Covid wave
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
# Consultants
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.
# no consultation
'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”
# Healthcare
Opposition TDs call on Health Minister to explain Sláintecare resignations
Laura Magahy and Dr Tom Keane have stepped down from their roles.
# Contract
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.
# Public Health
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.
# Consultants
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.
# strike action
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.
# 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.
# Coronavirus
'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.
# Covid-19
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.
# 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.
Doctors to vote on taking industrial action over pay for consultants
“This vote emphasises the frustration and anger that consultants and NCHDs face.”
# Industrial Action
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.
# Waiting Lists
Consultant shortages causing 'a spiral of burnout, stress and emigration'
About one million patients in Ireland are on waiting lists to see a consultant.
# Trolleys
'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.
# Health Insurance
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.
# future health system
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.
# Pay
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.
# Healthcare
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.
# breach of contracts
Thousands of consultants to get pay rises in €200 million deal
Paschal Donohoe said “absolutely gigantic” amounts of money were involved in the case.
# Temple Street
'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”.
# 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.
# public v private
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.
# Zero Tolerance
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.
# Recruitment
'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.
# Healthcare
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.
# cough it up
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.
# Water Charges
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.
# job vacancy
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.
# outside help
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.
# Inquest
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.
# Stand down
Suspected Ebola virus ruled out for patient in Dublin hospital
Ebola was suspected as one possibility for man suffering ‘flu-like’ symptoms but he has been cleared by medics.