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# Doctors

Last week
21st May 2023 - 27th May 2023
Ulcerative colitis: I kept losing weight and was exhausted - I collapsed every time I stood up
Brian Tyrrell documents his experience dealing with ulcerative colitis, from diagnosis to an operation to living a full life.
This year
# Irish College of General Practitioners
Calls to reform education and training for GPs amid 'crisis' shortage
Research indicates a significant difference in the number of medical graduates from Ireland and the EU applying for a career as a GP.
# Healthcare crisis
'Non-EU nurses are paying to come here': Ireland's place in global scramble for healthcare staff
The co-founder of Migrant Nurses Ireland said the organisation is aware of instances of non-EU nurses paying to come to Ireland for work.
# factcheck
Debunked: No evidence Ballaghaderreen doctors ‘only see Syrians and Ukrainians’ on Mondays
The National Party candidate who made the claim would not provide verifiable details
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.
# factcheck
FactFind: How much does it cost the State to train a doctor in Ireland?
Figures cited online range can vary by hundreds of thousands
# Healthcare
Doctors 'struggling to get paid' due to payroll issues in hospital changeover, IMO says
Non-consultant hospital doctors regularly move hospitals and must join a new payroll system each time.
# Industrial Action
'The belief that being a doctor is a vocation and all else must be sacrificed… that mentality is waning'
Non-consultant hospital doctors are currently balloting on whether to take industrial action over their working conditions.
# Elm Park
Taoiseach denies 'sham' debate and says arguments against NMH move to St Vincent's 'didn't hold up'
Despite calls for a further delay, the plan was approved by Cabinet this morning.
The plan was approved by Cabinet this morning and described by Minister Stephen Donnelly as 'a milestone'.
Members of the Oireachtas Health Committee had asked for a further delay in Cabinet approval, saying more consultation was required.
One member, Róisín Shortall of the SocDems, called the last two weeks of debate "a sham and a charade".
SVHG says 'clinically appropriate' could be removed from NMH plan but Taoiseach says there are no changes
Master of NMH says he can't understand 'vitriol of opposition' to new maternity hospital
# The Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Monday
Here’s your round-up of what made the headlines today.
# no doctors in the house
The 'workhorses' of the health service: How Ireland's GPs are under increasing pressure right now
“I have seen the ups and downs of general practice. I have seen it when it was sneered at, when it was dismissed”
# 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.
# Emigration
44% increase in the number of Irish doctors emigrating to Australia since 2018
Despite travel restrictions in place last year, the number of doctors emigrating to Australia alone increased last year.
Young doctors are leaving Ireland for Australia for a better work-life balance, better training opportunities, and a better working environment.
There were 391 visa applications granted to Irish doctors last year - an increase of 59 visas, despite pandemic travel restrictions in place.
Australia's retention policies for healthcare workers has been praised as something Ireland can learn from.
# women in medicine
Women in medicine: 'The system is still designed to suit people with no attachments or responsibilities'
Women make up a majority of undergraduate medical students, but almost two-thirds of hospital consultants are male.
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.
# Healthcare system
Non-EU doctors in Ireland to get more access to specialist training after pandemic campaign
The move has been hailed as “a very important achievement”.
# 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.
# 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.
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.
# consultants shortage
'I'm at the bottom of the list': Non-EU doctors in Ireland still face barriers in accessing specialist training
The Irish Medical Council said that it hoped recent changes in law would prompt more doctors to stay in Ireland to pursue specialist training here.
# Doctors
'Significant concerns' about mental health impact of Covid-19 on practitioners, non-profit says
The Practitioner Health Matters Programme today released its annual report for 2019.
# kdoc
Out-of-hours GP service for Kildare and West Wicklow no longer charging for Covid-19 consultations
KDoc had been continuing to charge people for Covid-19 consultations up until last week.
# Doctors
Hospital services of 'major concern' to GPs as doctors claim they're struggling to get patients seen
Concerns have been raised by GPs about major difficulties in accessing hospital services.
# Domestic Abuse
Increase in patients telling GPs they are victims of domestic violence during pandemic
Doctors have been urged to “be vigilant in terms of identifying and supporting victims of domestic abuse”.
Hospital doctor: Frontline workers have given their all - a second surge would be devastating
Dr Rachel McNamara describes her experience of working on the frontline in the past few months. She says it’s hard not to view the easing of restrictions with anything but trepidation.
# Waiting Lists
Over 584,000 patients waiting for their first outpatient hospital appointment last month
The public health service has come under pressure in recent months as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
'An absolute scandal': Ireland has the highest Covid infection rate for healthcare workers in the world, committee told
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar this evening suggested that the figures provided by the INMO were wrong.
'Cocooning by voluntary informed consent or enforced expectation? Time to rethink our treatment of over 70s'
Consultant geriatrician Rónán Collins understands the reasons for cocooning but says enough is enough.
# Covid-19
Government's delayed childcare plan for health workers needs approval by health experts
The National Public Health Emergency team will discuss the plan tomorrow, says the Taoiseach.
# Coronavirus
Tracked: How HSE advice to healthcare workers has shifted during the Covid-19 crisis
From pregnancy to isolation, advice to staff has changed significantly since January.
# Cavan
Doctors to be sent to 'cover gaps' at Cavan General Hospital after Covid-19 outbreak among staff
It was reported today that two wards in the hospital were closed following an outbreak of infection.
# 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.
# Covid-19
Council to implement identification system for healthcare worker vehicles to prevent clamping
There have been a number of reports in recent days of healthcare workers at hospitals having their cars clamped while they were working overtime.
# Doctors
GPs will now facilitate people who are not registered with practice and have Covid-19 symptoms
There are now a total of 292 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland.
# Waiting Lists
Almost 560,000 patients waiting for their first outpatient hospital appointment last month
The figures come at a time when the coronavirus is putting pressure on the public health system.
# Coronavirus
Finance minister says 'work is underway' to address childcare challenge faced by healthcare workers
Paschal Donohue said work is underway in relation to the issue following representations from workers unions in the last 24 hours.
# retention crisis
'Since I got the letter, it's just silence': Citizenship delays now a 'disincentive' for doctors to stay in Ireland
One doctor described the stress of applying for citizenship and work permits, and the toll it has taken on his personal life.
# general practice
FactCheck: Are there 1,000 more GPs in Ireland than five years ago?
Minister Regina Doherty made the claim during a recent interview.
Opinion: I went to Australia to figure out why so many Irish doctors are moving away
The deterioration of job quality and extreme working hours are a key driver of emigration for Irish doctors.