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# GPs

Last month
May 2023
# cyber crime
'Is anyone else terrified?': Doctors concerned as GPs are targets of ransomware attacks monthly
One doctor said that trying to avoid getting hit by hackers is like trying to “jay walk down the quays in Dublin”.
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.
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.
# 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”
All time
# booster programme
HSE says GPs can offer booster shots to over 16s
However, they have been told to continue to prioritise older and more vulnerable patients.
# covid19
HSE confident of staffing levels for vaccine centres ahead of age-based rollout
Some in government are concerned that bureaucracy will prevent short-notice additional hires that may be needed later on.
# paul reid
HSE thanks GPs for patience as it admits 'some issues' with vaccine delivery to practices
54,691 vaccines were administered last week to over 85s in GP settings.
# covid19
Vaccines will be rolled out to over 85s from today - here's how it'll work
GPs across the country will administer 12,000 doses of the vaccine this week.
# objections
HSE boss 'quite shocked' to hear of GP refusing to give Covid vaccine
A GP told Liveline today that he does not refer his patients for Covid tests and will not be administering vaccines.
# Vaccines
GPs say they are ready to vaccinate over 85s as first doses set to arrive on Monday week
The vast majority of people over 70 will receive their vaccine at a GP surgery.
# column
Johnny Ward: Racing's need for a fitness app like Strava and who to back at Cheltenham
Our columnist makes a case for embracing GPS technology in horse racing, and looks ahead to the March festival.
# Coronavirus
GP: 'We're seeing lots of family groups and everybody is infected in the house'
Covid-19 testing criteria for close contacts changed last week.
# covid19
GPs 'inundated' with calls from close contacts of Covid-19 cases due to HSE backlog issue
More than 2,000 people are being expected to do their own contact tracing this week.
# Supplies
Concerns over 'significant delay' in delivery of flu vaccine from HSE supplier
Pharmacists have said the uncertainty about deliveries and cancellation of appointments may undermine the vaccination programme.
# covid19
Warning that Republic will follow North's Covid-19 trend without 'radical' change in behaviours this week
Dr Mary Favier said the health service here faces a greater challenge due to resourcing deficiencies.
# serial testing
'Right decision': HSE boss says suspension of meat plant testing was necessary to deal with surge in demand elsewhere
The serial testing has been suspended in order to meet the surge in demand for community testing.
# 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.
# Testing
Concern that delays in testing process could impact on lifting of restrictions
Mary Favier of the ICGP pointed out that the later results are confirmed the less valuable they are in terms of stopping the disease.
# Coronavirus
GPs say broader Covid-19 testing criteria shouldn't 'overwhelm' system
The testing criteria for Covid-19 has been widened.
# Coronavirus
GPs urge patients to get persistent symptoms checked, and fear a 'tsunami' of non-Covid-19 illnesses
If you have a chest pain or a lump on your breast, call your GP for a phone consultation.
# the healthcare canary
'Ireland hasn't got the basics right yet': How is Covid-19 testing going for GPs?
“If we don’t have it for [this] level, we don’t have it for a surge,” one GP said.
# Irish Abroad
'Any job I did, no matter how big or small, was a test of my character and ability'
Irishman Owen Tarrant has worked with the Chiefs in New Zealand and is now with the Kobelco Steelers in Japan.
# Coronavirus
Increased testing must not lead to 'unacceptable' waiting times, warn GPs
The Irish College of General Practioners broadly welcomed plans to increase testing.
# 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.
# 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.
# Covid-19
Online system for arranging coronavirus tests crashes on first day before being replaced
The public are urged to contact their GP to seek a test only if they have symptoms.
# Coronavirus
HSE working to 'ensure sufficient testing facilities' in place by Monday for Covid-19 following 'high demand'
GP Out of Hours and HSE helplines cannot arrange for testing of patients with flu-like symptoms.
# nadine dorries
UK MP diagnosed with coronavirus as British GPs warn routine health checks could be halted
Nadine Dorries said that as soon as she was informed she took all the advised precautions and has been self-isolating at home.
# 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.
# Coughs and sneezes
'GPs see a lot of coughs at this time of year': HSE warns people off antibiotics to treat coughs
The HSE is reminding people that most coughs should not be treated with antibiotics.
# Health
'Slow drive' Dublin protest as young GPs say 'they will not stay in the country' under current contract
The NAGP says 700 GPs are set to retire over the next five years.
# Termination
Guidelines published for GPs who will provide abortion services
Services are expected to begin from 1 January.
'There are a lot of questions to be answered': GPs group to meet to discuss concerns over abortion law
It is expected a landmark bill to regulate abortion services in Ireland will pass in the Dáil in coming weeks.
# Survey
Moral objection or no time: Majority of GPs say they can't provide abortion services
Legislation on the provision of abortion has been debated by the Oireachtas health committee this week.
# daimler ag
'It's too easy to use trucks in attacks': Irish team aiming to prevent vehicles being used by terrorists
Researchers from WIT are among those working on an EU-funded project to help find uses for Europe’s new GPS system.
# location history
Google records people's movements even when told not to
The privacy issue affects some two billion Android users and hundreds of millions of iPhone users worldwide.
# Cancer
Boys to get HPV vaccine in 2019
The Taoiseach said plans are already getting underway to rolling out the vaccine to boys.
# Abortion
'New Zealand option' may provide resolution to stand-off between Harris and GPs
Doctors in NZ who conscientiously object to abortion must inform patients that services are available elsewhere.
# Your Say
Poll: Should conscientiously objecting GPs be compelled to refer for abortions?
85% of the country’s GPs do not believe that abortion should be part of routine general practice, according to the NAGP.
# Abortion Services
Simon Harris: Stance of GP group 'flies in the face of care and compassion'
The NAGP has insisted onward referral of a patient should not be compulsory.