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28th June 2020

IHCA President Welcomes the Appointment of Minister Stephen Donnelly

Dr Donal O’Hanlon, President of the Irish Hospital Consultants Association, has welcomed the formation of the new Government and the appointment of Mr Stephen Donnelly as Minister for Health.
15th June 2020

IHCA comments on the publication of the draft Programme for Government

Commenting on the publication of the draft Programme for Government today (Monday 15 June 2020)
12th June 2020

NTPF waiting lists could reach 1 million as latest figures show an additional 11,844 people added in May

9,137 added to public outpatient and inpatient/day case waiting lists in May, as 808,447 now on some form of NTPF waiting list; Around 1 in 5 of the Irish population find themselves waiting for public hospital care;  Programme for Government must include clear financial commitments to open additional beds and fill hospital consultant posts to tackle the waiting list backlog and plan for continued delivery of care in a COVID-19 environment. IHCA President Dr Donal O’Hanlon: “COVID-19 presents major challenges for the provision of timely care in our acute public hospitals and acute mental health units. The Government and the health service management must engage with the IHCA and its hospital consultants to develop realistic, practical plans to provide public hospital care in the coming months and agree on how best we can meet the challenges ahead.”
29th May 2020

Irish Hospital Consultants Association reacts to today’s Government update

“The IHCA welcomes today’s decision by the Government not to seek an extension of the agreement with Private Hospitals, which will end on 30th June. 
16th May 2020

IHCA Statement: Almost 800,000 people now on NTPF waiting lists

13,231 added to public outpatient and inpatient/day case waiting lists in April, as 796,603 now on some form of NTPF waiting list; Delays in providing care to non-COVID patients of private and public hospitals and cancellation of surgeries during COVID-19 crisis will increase waiting lists further; Urgent implementation of the 2018 National Development Plan and Capacity Review recommendations to put in place an additional 2,600 acute hospital beds and 4,500 community care beds is now more important than ever and needs to be funded without delay.   The Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) has, today, (Saturday, 16 May 2020), renewed its call for the urgent implementation of the 2018 National Development Plan (NDP) and Capacity Review recommendations to put in place an additional 2,600 acute hospital beds and 4,500 community care beds across our health service. 
14th May 2020

Statement by the IHCA on private hospitals agreement

Acknowledgment by Fianna Fáil that private hospital ‘contract not working’ and must be reviewed welcome;
13th April 2020

Statement by the IHCA on working arrangements during COVID-19 emergency

Over the past week, the Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) has, on behalf of our members, engaged with the Health Service Executive (HSE) on the issue of working arrangements for the provision of care to all patients during the COVID-19 emergency.
6th April 2020

Statement by the Irish Hospital Consultants Association 

On 30 March last, the Government announced it had reached agreement with private hospitals across the State to use their facilities for the treatment of both Covid-19 and non Covid-19 patients.   Approximately, 500 consultants working at these hospitals who currently treat private patients only are to receive temporary HSE locum contracts to cover their work during the COVID-19 crisis period.   Many of these consultants have expressed concern about the terms of such contracts and specifically, their negative impact on the patients they currently treat.    Under the proposed terms of these contracts, consulting rooms will be forced to shut to outpatients, for both current and future private outpatients.    Nationally, a large number of outpatient consultations will be impacted as a result. This will have considerable knock-on detrimental impacts on the quality of care received by these patients and by all patients accessing hospital services.   Examples of treatments currently undertaken at these consulting rooms include patients with possible cancer-related symptoms, post-operative wounds or blocked catheter issues.    Patients availing of these services are also naturally concerned, with private clinics receiving many queries from patients who have concerns about their ongoing care and treatment.  
3rd April 2020

Statement by Irish Hospital Consultants Association

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association is the representative body for over 90% of all hospital consultants. Our members are to the fore of the current national effort to contain and treat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
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