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# Medical Council
Over 40% of trainee and intern doctors say they have been bullied or harassed in the workplace
That’s according to a new report by the Medical Council.
# Doctors
Hospital consultants threaten industrial action next year over unequal pay
Some consultants earn up to €55,000 a year less than some of their colleagues.
# 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”.
# reform needed
Doctors say emergency departments are 'death zones' due to overcrowding
The Irish Medical Organisation has said that additional resources are needed immediately.
# 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.
# intervention
Doctors want to bring in alcohol tests for pregnant women
The aim of the tests would be to reduce instances of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders in Ireland.
Poll: Should GPs start charging for some medical card services?
The annual meeting of the Irish Medical Organisation has heard that many general practices are struggling to survive.
# Waiting Times
Patients at A&E should be either admitted or discharged within six hours, not 14 - IMO chief
Peadar Gilligan made his inaugural address as president of the Irish Medical Organisation at the group’s AGM in Killarney this evening.
# Contract Negotiations
'We are not the HSE's dumping ground' - after 48 years, is the State finally set to update its contract with GPs?
The current General Medical Services agreement between the government and GPs dates from 1970.
# Trolley crisis
'This isn't a trolley crisis - It's a system in meltdown': Minister's commitments 'worthless' say doctors
The Taoiseach apologised for the current crisis today, while Minister Simon Harris called it “unacceptable”.
# 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.
# crisis point
Doctors say health budget will do little to improve 'overcrowded death zone' hospitals
Paschal Donohoe said health spending is already at record levels but is being increased because the area “needs improvement”.
# Mental Health
'This is a wake-up call': Number of medical card holders on anti-depressants rose by 50,000 in five years
Reacting to the figures, the IMO’s Dr Ray Walley said “we need our mental health services improved and we need it now”.
# 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.
# where does it hurt?
'Sick and tired': Why Ireland's' nurses are leaving in their droves
‘Recruitment freezes, a lack of respect and better options elsewhere’.
# pain and suffering
Hundreds of surgeries cancelled nationwide as overcrowding crisis grips health system
Some patients will have to wait twice as long to be seen following cancellations due to overcrowding.
# Health Warning
"A disgrace" - Doctors warn that vaccines to protect newborns will not be introduced by deadline
The IMO warns that a 1 December deadline will be missed.
# winter of discontent
Trouble and strike: Junior doctors are the latest group to threaten strike action
It’s part of a dispute over a ‘living out allowance’.
# winter of discontent
Over 500 schools to close today kicking off a season of strikes
Teachers are not the only group set to strike over the coming weeks.
# Industrial Action
Will there be a summer of strikes? There's trouble brewing on several fronts
2016 has not been a good year for industrial relations.
# media controversy
Irish parents are stopping their children from getting a cervical cancer vaccine - but why?
Public health professionals are blaming recent negative media coverage for the drop in uptake.
# warning
Think the health service is bad now? Doctors say it's going to get worse
Because people are living longer.
# Overcrowding
‘Sensible people are putting their health at risk’ – Patients going to GPs when they need emergency treatment
Meanwhile, doctors are being balloted on industrial action at University Hospital Limerick.
# Your Say
Do the GPs objecting to free care for the under-sixes have a point?
The Minister for Health is delighted that 40,000 children are now registered for free medical care, but Irish doctors are not so impressed.
# gloves are off
Leo tells GPs to "cop on" in heated exchange over under-sixes
The minister was accused of stroke politics and he was having none of that.
Forget about it: Doctors next group to turn down public sector pay deal
The Irish Medical Organisation does not feel the new agreement will do enough to stop doctors leaving the country.
# Trolley Watch
Leo understands the distress that hospital overcrowding causes you
He said that he isn’t “trying to make out everything is rosy in the garden” of the Irish health service
# Medical Cards
Doctors deny claiming fees for dead patients
GPs have blamed the HSE, but the organisation says the issue has been addressed.
Doctors say reports of them getting €100 per child are 'inaccurate and wide of the mark'
The Department of Health states that negotiations are ongoing.
# tb or not tb
Half of Irish GPs are in debt and wish they'd done something else
And 66% would advise their children to pick a different career
# Cork
Junior doctors set to strike over €10,000 wage cut
Trainee doctors in Cork University Hospital had their salary scales changed without agreement in July.
# must have missed that memo
Apparently GPs can renew medical cards - but did anyone tell GPs?
Who told whom what, and when?
# 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”.
# health budget
Varadkar hits out at doctors saying he wishes the IMO 'knew their facts'
He also revealed that the latest HSE service plan will be published in around three or four weeks time.
# 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.