Heartwatch Report Received by Minister

Mr Se├ín Power TD, Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children has today (16 December 2004) received a Report on Heartwatch. Heartwatch is the Initial Implementation Phase of a National Programme in General Practice for the Secondary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease. It is a pilot programme currently being evaluated independently. » read more

Women's Health Institute trial of HRT reveals relatively little new information

Despite the media outcry on the early stopping of the Women's Health Institute (WHI) trial of HRT, the findings reveal relatively little new information but largely confirm existing knowledge. » read more

The Medical Manpower Crisis Must be Addressed Immediately

The System must develop more flexibility and attractiveness to retain Graduates, whether in the Hospital or in the Primary Care setting. There is an urgent need to look at the development of more flexible (e.g. part-time and sessional) contracts in both sectors, which reflect the different aspirations of the modern day doctor, whilst providing a quality service. » read more

Suicide Prevention Conference - High Level of Interest among Health Professionals

Irish GPs and other Health Professionals have registered in large numbers to attend a half-day Conference 'Suicide - The Challenge for Primary Care'. The main focus of the meeting will be on suicide and its prevention in the primary care setting. » read more

Response to the National Health Strategy - Quality and Fairness: A Health System for You

The Irish College of General Practitioners welcomes the publication today of the National Health Strategy. We regard this as a positive move towards addressing the many deficiencies in the current Healthcare system and providing a platform for an equitable and integrated service for the Irish population into the future. » read more

Pre-Budget Submission

The Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) strongly supports the imposition of additional taxation on tobacco and alcohol as a key part of social policy directed at reducing the present harmful consumption of these products, particularly among minors. The College will publicly call for and endorse such measures in the strongest possible terms. » read more

National Census on General Practice in Ireland - Important New Findings

Irish rural general practitioners, in comparison to their urban colleagues, work longer hours, have more public patients, are more likely to work from purpose built premises which are publicly owned and participate more in a team approach to patient care delivery. » read more

Membership of ICGP to be Opened to Holders of Equivalent EU Qualifications

In March 2001 the Council of the Irish College of General Practitioners adopted proposals to enable General Practitioners who are already members of equivalent bodies in member EU states to be admitted to Membership of the College in certain circumstances. » read more

Lessons from Abroad - New Models of GP Care, The New Zealand Experience

A Presentation to the Irish College of General Practitioners by Dr Helen Rodenburg President, RNZCGP. » read more

Launch of Health in Practice Network to Address GPs Personal Health Needs

General Practitioners in the South Eastern Health Board region will meet with Dr Richard Brennan, the Chairman of the Irish College of General Practitioners, who is a GP in practice in Ballyhale Co Kilkenny, to discuss issues of concern relating to the operation and services of the ICGP and the Primary Care Strategy. » read more