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# poor health
'Doctors are leaving the country and patient safety is being compromised'
The IMO says that health cuts cannot continue.
# New Deal
Talks on new GP contract to start next month
The existing General Medical Services contract was devised over forty years ago.
# Pay scale
Talks stall between IMO and HSE on consultant doctors
The sticking point is on how a consultant’s experience will be assessed in terms of where they land on the pay scale.
# Brain Drain
Thousands of certificates allowing doctors to work overseas granted
It follows fears of a manpower shortage in the health sector.
# welcomed
Stopping of medical card reviews welcomed but government warned "We need a big fix not a quick fix"
The IMO says cards which have been withdrawn should be returned.
# GPs
High Court action against the IMO struck out following agreement
A comprehensive framework agreement has also been made with the Department of Health which will allow the IMO to fully represent its GP members.
# tensions
It's a start: Doctors agree to 'talks about talks' with Minister
The Irish Medical Organisation and Alex White will sit down about the plan to give free GP care to children under six.
# Doctors
'We can't go anywhere without a conversation': Alex White wants agreement with the IMO
White said the €37 million earmarked for the under sixes scheme was agreed in the Budget.
# Healthcare
Minister: 'A decision to see a doctor should never be a financial dilemma'
The draft legislation will be debated in the Dáil in May and enacted in July.
# Doctors
Doctors' organisation says politics getting in way of patient treatment
IMO President Dr Matthew Sadlier was also critical of the free GP care plan and Universal Health Insurance proposals.
# IMO says NO
Doctors not happy with new health bill proposals published today
The IMO says it’s “appalled” at some of the proposals.
IMO members want a review into former CEO's €10m pension pot
A planned review of governance structures in the organisation was shelved last year.
# Health Committee
Government accused of targeting people with Down Syndrome in medical card removal
The issues were discussed at a Health Committee this morning.
# free gp care
White: I invited the IMO to talk about GP concerns - that hasn't happened
The IMO said it is studying the minister’s response to its concerns but criticised him for his refusal to negotiate fees with them.
Whistleblowers 'gagged' under new GP contract, claims IMO
The Irish Medical Organisation said that the Minister for Health is being hypocritical by saying he is in favour of whistleblowers.
# Prime Numbers
Westboro Baptist Church, Jean McConville, and GPs: The week in numbers
Plus: How many smells can the human nose distinguish?
# Across the water
It's not only nurses that have emigrated to find work. Guess how many GPs have?
The IMO say that the last five years has seen seven years’ worth of Irish qualified GPs move to the UK.
# dosage concerns
Warning over risk if blood thinning drugs taken at wrong dose
The Irish Medical Organisation criticised the HSE over the method that it released the information.
# Healthcare
'UHI will disadvantage the poorest and the sickest' says IMO
The Taoiseach said that UHI will be delivered in the lifetime of government as the people voted for it.
# Children
IMO wants "real negotiations" on free GP care
Doctors held a ‘mass briefing’ for parliamentarians throughout today.
# draft contract
GPs invited to meet Dept of Health on free care for under-sixes
300 submissions were received on a draft contract related to how GPs will undertake the initiative.
# union strife
Remember the '24 No More' campaign? Hospitals still aren't complying say IMO
Up to 33 per cent of hospitals have not made sufficient progress and are to be penalised according to the union.
# Sneaky
Free under 6s GP care dubbed 'trojan horse' to change doctor conditions
The IMO said a new draft contract for the initiative would mean a significantly increased workload for doctors and would require additional resources.
# Junior Doctors
HSE set to sanction hospitals in breach of junior doctor working hours directive
The IMO and HSE will meet at the end of this month to decide which hospitals should be sanctioned for failure to comply with the directive which put an end to 24 hour shifts.
# Health
IMO: 'Government need to explain cabinet memo stating more funds needed to ensure patient safety'
The IMO said the government has systematically reduced resources to General Practice in recent years by over €150 million.
# Guidelines
Psychiatrists need support dealing with Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act - IMO
The IMO president has written to Minister for Health James Reilly saying guidelines are needed to help determine the suicide risk in these cases.
# Health Cuts
GPs warn of "chaos" in health system after HSE boss raises cuts concerns
It was revealed this weekend that the head of the HSE warned James Reilly that Budget cuts were being made “against the advice of the HSE and the Department of Health”.
# Say what?
Mother Teresa and wild exaggeration: The week in quotes
“This country has gone wild with exaggeration.”
# Junior Doctors
Junior doctors vote in favour of proposals to end 24-hour shifts
The IMO have warned however that NCHDs would “escalate the campaign” if the HSE failed to honour commitments.
# Healthcare
IMO accuses Reilly of 'racing ahead' with extension of free GP care
GPs are also reporting “extensive unease” among patients over the withdrawal of discretionary medical cards.
# Deal
Fines of €650k for hospitals in breach of doctors' working hours
Managers will also face sanctions if they do not comply with the new rules.
# Working Hours
Talks between the IMO and HSE resume today
Last week, the IMO said progress had been made in the talks.
# Junior Doctors
"Progress made" on doctors talks, but no deal yet
The IMO says that talks will continue in an attempt to avert strike action next week.
# Dispute
IMO and HSE talks suspended for the night
They will resume the talks on doctors’ hours tomorrow. There is no official news as yet of a breakthrough in talks.
# Junior Doctors
IMO will attend talks at the LRC today
Following this morning’s meeting the IMO has agreed to attend the Labour Relations Commission today at midday.
# Junior Doctors
IMO to consider invitation to talks at the LRC
The union’s committee will meet this morning and will also discuss the next stage of industrial action following the yesterday’s 24-hour strike.
# doctors strike
Minister: Doctors dispute will not be resolved at the picket line
The strike has impacted about 7,400 patients across 51 hospitals.
# Junior Doctors
Taoiseach tells junior docs and HSE: Go back into the LRC and sort this out
Kenny was asked about the junior doctors’ strike by Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams and the independent TD Stephen Donnelly at Leaders’ Questions today.