IMO AGM General Motions
Irish Medical Organisation

IMO AGM General Motions

Thursday 4th April

3.00pm to 5.00pm

Session I - Motions 1 to 26

Alcohol, Drugs and Tobacco

1. The IMO calls on the Department of Health to work with counterparts in Northern Ireland, England and Scotland to introduce a minimum price structure for alcohol, based on grams of alcohol.

Proposer: Prof Joe Barry
Seconder: Dr Declan Bedford

Status: Carried
 

2.The IMO condemns the decision by Kerry County Council to support the relaxation of legislation on alcohol and driving.

Proposer: Dr Declan Bedford
Seconder: Dr Fenton Howell

Status: Carried
 

3. This meeting calls on the IMO to lobby for a complete ban on all forms of advertising promoting alcohol.

Proposer: IMO Mayo GP Branch

Status: Carried

4.This meeting calls on the IMO to lobby the Minister for Justice to impose mandatory life sentences for all those convicted of major drugs crimes.

Proposer: IMO Mayo GP Branch

Status: Carried

5.The IMO calls on the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to become an active partner in the National Drugs Strategy.

Proposer: Prof Joe Barry
Seconder: Dr Declan Bedford
 

Status: Carried

6. The IMO calls on the Government to approve an implementation plan with timelines for all recommendations of the National Substance Misuse Strategy.

Proposer: Prof Joe Barry
Seconder: Dr Declan Bedford

Status: Carried

7. The IMO calls on the Minister for Finance to increase the price of a packet of 20 cigarettes by at least €1 in the next budget and all other tobacco products on a pro rata basis.


Proposer: Dr Fenton Howell
Seconder: Prof Joe Barry

Status: Carried

8.The IMO calls on the Minister for Foreign Affairs to join with France and other countries in signing the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Protocol without further delay in order to help eliminate the illicit trade in tobacco products.

Proposer: Dr Fenton Howell
Seconder: Dr Declan Bedford

Status: Carried

9.The IMO supports the Minister for Health in seeking to introduce standardised packaging for tobacco products as per the example of the Australian Government.


Proposer: Dr Fenton Howell
Seconder: Dr Declan Bedford

Status: Carried

10.The IMO notes the anomalies with respect to VAT on nicotine replacement products and calls on the Minister for Finance to reduce the rate of VAT on nicotine patches to at least 9%.


Proposer: Dr Fenton Howell
Seconder: Prof Joe Barry

Status: Carried

Lifestyle Issues

11. The IMO calls on the Irish Government to explicitly recognise that preventative heal must underpin every activity of Government.


Proposer: Prof Joe Barry
Seconder: Dr Fenton Howell

Amendment:

The IMO calls on the Irish Government to explicitly recognise that preventative health mesaures must underpin every activity of Government.

Status: Carried as amended

12. The IMO calls on the Government to publish its Health and Wellbeing Strategy, including an implementation strategy.

Amendment:

The IMO welcomes the publication by Government of its recent Healthy Ireland Strategy and calls on it to publish an implementation plan as quickly as possible


Proposer: Prof Joe Barry
Seconder: Dr Fenton Howell

Status: Carried as amended

13. The IMO calls on the Government to develop a national physical activity plan for all age groups, including the extension of bike/walking schemes and to ensure that this plan is central to urban and rural planning as recommended by the Seanad Public Consultation Committee.

Proposer: Dr Declan Bedford
Seconder: Dr Fenton Howell

Status: Carried

14.The IMO congratulates the National Transport Authority for funding the extension of the Dublin bike scheme and calls for the scheme to be extended to all cities in Ireland.

Proposer: Dr Declan Bedford
Seconder: Prof Joe Barry

Status: Carried

15.The IMO congratulates the Seanad Public Consultation Committee on its recent publication (Report on Changes in Lifestyle can prevent approx. one third of cancers. How does Government and society respond to this challenge?) which identifies how Government’s public policy positions can help prevent cancer and calls on the Taoiseach and Cabinet to proactively support the recommendations outlined.

Proposer: Dr Fenton Howell
Seconder: Dr Declan Bedford

Status: Carried

Road Safety

16.The IMO calls for An Garda Siochana to publish on a monthly basis the number of drivers arrested for drink driving and/or speeding in each county.

Proposer: Dr Declan Bedford
Seconder: Dr Fenton Howell

Status: Carried

17.The IMO applauds the reduction in fatalities and injuries on our roads and suggests that it is now time to reduce risk factors further by studying samples of “near miss” events.

Proposer: IMO Consultants Committee

Status: Carried

18.The IMO demands that the Government implement mandatory testing for drug driving.

Proposer: IMO Mayo GP Branch

Amendment:

The IMO demands that the Government introduces random testing of drivers for illicit drugs

Status: Carried as amended

Anti Social Behaviour

19.The IMO calls on the Government to introduce “on the spot” fines for anti-social behaviour.

Proposer: IMO Mayo GP Branch

Status: Carried

Immunisations and Vaccines

20. The IMO calls on the Government to adopt and champion the recommendations outlined in the World Medical Association Statement on the Prioritisation of Immunisation both domestically and internationally.

Proposer: IMO International Affairs Committee

Status: Carried

21. This meeting calls on the Department of Health to provide the Pertussis Vaccine (+dtp) to all pregnant women on a free of charge basis and to fund its administration by General Practitioners, and provide appropriate education supports for its successful administration. As recommended by NIAC this vaccine should be delivered between 28 and 32 weeks gestation for pregnant women and to close family contacts of infants born before 32 weeks.


Proposers: Dr Mary Conlon, Dr Brett Lynam, Dr Paula Gilvarry, Dr Mary Connolly

Status: Carried

European Commission

22. The IMO supports the European Union of General Practitioners (UEMO) and other European medical organisations in the request to the European Commission for the recognition of General Practice as a medical specialty.


Proposer: IMO International Affairs Committee

Status: Carried

23. The IMO requests the Medical Council to notify the European Commission of the status of General Practice as a recognised specialty in Ireland to assist with the recognition of General Practice as a medical specialty in Europe under the provisions of the Recognition of Professional Qualifications Directive 2005/36/EC.


Proposer: IMO International Affairs Committee

Status: Carried

24. This meeting opposes the work of the CEN (European Committee for Standardisation) in their attempts to standardise medical services at a European level and the IMO maintains that any standards regarding medical services should be developed, implemented and monitored by the relevant competent authorities in consultation with the medical profession so as to ensure the highest standards of care.

Proposer: IMO International Affairs Committee

Status: Carried

HIQA

25.The IMO calls on HIQA to ensure that all HIQA decisions which affect doctors are made with the participation of doctors.

Proposer: IMO Mayo GP Branch

Status: Carried

26. This meeting calls on the IMO, where appropriate, to assist doctors in terms of HIQA guidelines and standards and to communicate all HIQA standards and guidelines to members.

Proposer: IMO Mayo GP Branch

Status: Carried

Friday 5th April

12 noon – 1.00pm

Session II – Motions 27 – 37

Human Rights

27.The IMO calls on the Irish Government to explicitly recognise health as a basic human right of every person in Ireland


Proposer: Dr Paul McKeown
Seconder: Prof Sean Tierney

Status: Carried

Medical Practitioners Act (2007)

28. The IMO supports the amendment to Section 88 of the Medical Practitioners Act (2007) to consider the intern year as part of undergraduate medical training and calls on the HSE to ensure that there are intern posts attached to every graduate of Irish Medical Schools as a required component of completing basic medical training in Ireland.

Proposer: IMO International Affairs Committee

Status: Carried

29.The IMO calls on the HSE to ensure that he current intern terms and conditions as outlined in the NCHD Contract 2010 remain unchanged.

Proposer: IMO International Affairs Committee

Status: Carried

Forum of Postgraduate Bodies

30. The IMO calls on the Forum of Postgraduate Bodes to recognise that this is not the appropriate body to engage in discussion with employers on matters affecting contractual terms and conditions.

Amendment :

The IMO calls on the Forum of Postgraduate Training Bodies and their constituent colleges to recognise that the IMO is the appropriate body to engage in discussion with employers on matters affecting contractual terms and conditions.

Proposer: IMO Consultants Committee

Status: Carried as amended

Universal Health Care

31.This meeting reaffirms the IMO position on Principles for Universal Health Care, adopted in 2010, and calls on the IMO to engage with the Department of Health in the development of policy, system design and implementation of universal health coverage.

Amendment:

This meeting reaffirms the IMO position on Principles for Universal Health Care, adopted in 2010, and calls on the Department of Health to engage with the IMO in the development of policy, system design and implementation of universal health coverage.

Proposer: IMO Consultants Committee

Status: Carried as amended

32.This meeting calls on the IMO to advise the Minister for Health that purchasing comprehensive equitable and readily accessible medical services, through a single tiered “money follows the patient” universal health insurances based funding mechanism, requires corresponding equitable payment arrangements for the providers of such services.

Proposer: IMO Consultants Committee

Status: Carried

Irish Medicines Board

33.This meeting demands that all medications and treatment procedures/processes used in the treatment of patients in Ireland must be approved by the Irish Medicines Board.

Proposer: IMO Mayo GP Branch

Status: Carried

Research Ethics Committees

34.The IMO supports the Alltrials movement and requests that all research ethics committees and pharmaceutical companies in Ireland mandate the publishing of all clinical trial data (as part of receiving ethical approval).

Proposer: Dr Mark Murphy
Seconder: Dr Matthew Sadlier

Status: Carried

Crimes in Health Care Settings

35.The IMO calls on the Minister for Justice and Equality to collate and publish data on those charged and prosecuted of crimes against health care workers under Section 185 of the Criminal Justice Act 2006.

Proposer: Dr Matthew Sadlier
Seconder: Dr Mark Murphy

Status: Referred to Council

Environmental

36. The IMO asks the Department of Health to create a Sustainability Development Unit, based on the NHS model, to adopt greener building design and to prioritise environmental health, reducing health expenditure and waste.

Proposer: Dr Mark Murphy
Seconder: Dr Matthew Sadlier

Status: Carried

37.This meeting supports an effective dental health campaign utilising diet and dental hygiene and calls on the Government to immediately cease the expensive and ineffective policy of fluoridation of drinking water.

Proposer: Dr Philip Michael
Seconder: Dr Elizabeth Cullen

Status: Defeated

Friday 5th April

Rescheduled to 5.00pm

Session III - Motions 38 to 55

Abortion

38. This meeting calls on the IMO to support regulation in relation to the provision of abortion services where there is a “real and substantial risk” to the life of the mother.

Proposer: Dr Mary Favier
Seconder: Dr Mark Murphy

Status: Defeated

39. The IMO calls on the Government to legislate for women who become pregnant as a result of a criminal act that they would be allowed access to legal termination within Ireland.

Proposer: Dr Mary Favier
Seconder: Dr Mark Murphy

Status: Defeated

40. The IMO calls on the Government to legislate for the provision of abortion services for women who are pregnant with non-viable fetal anomalies who choose to proceed with an abortion.

Proposer: Dr Mary Favier
Seconder: Dr Mark Murphy

Status: Defeated

Mental Health 

41. The IMO calls on the Minister for Health to ensure that all independent agencies and services providing mental health services are obligated to achieve accreditation to international standards.

Proposer: Dr Matthew Sadlier
Seconder: Dr Mark Murphy

Status: Carried

42.The IMO calls on the Minister for Health to legislate so that every person providing counselling and psychotherapy, publish which form of therapy they provide and to which problem.

Proposer: Dr Matthew Sadlier
Seconder: Dr Mark Murphy

Status: Carried

43. The IMO calls on the Minister for Health to set a definite time frame for when a statutory regulatory body for practitioners providing psychotherapy and counselling services to those already suffering with mental health problems that are not already covered by a statutory body.

Proposer: Dr Matthew Sadlier
Seconder: Dr Mark Murphy

Status: Carried

44. The IMO calls on the Minister for Health to expand the remit of the Mental Health Commission to allow for the inspection of all agencies providing psychotherapy and counselling services.

Proposer: Dr Matthew Sadlier
Seconder: Dr Mark Murphy

Status: Carried

45. The IMO condemns all newspapers who, in the last year, engaged in sensational reporting of suicides and did not follow national or international guidelines on the reporting of suicides.

Proposer: Dr Matthew Sadlier
Seconder: Dr Mark Murphy

Status: Carried

46. The IMO calls on the Minister for Communications as a matter of urgency to set enforceable guidelines on the reporting of suicide which carry sufficient penalties to prevent the tragic loss of life.

Proposer: Dr Matthew Sadlier
Seconder: Dr Mark Murphy

Amendment:

The IMO calls on the Minister for Communications as a matter of urgency to set enforceable guidelines on the reporting of suicide in the media which carry sufficient penalties to prevent the tragic loss of life.

Status: Amended Motion Carried

47. The IMO calls on the Minister for Health to establish a commission to evaluate the evidence base and utility of complementary therapy and alternative therapies as a first step towards developing national guidelines.

Proposer: Dr Matthew Sadlier
Seconder: Dr Mark Murphy

Status: Carried

48.The IMO condemns this Government and its predecessor for the slow progression of the Mental Health Capacity Bill which was first proposed in 2008 and thus unnecessarily causing ongoing suffering for those with intellectual and mental disabilities and their families.

Proposer: Dr Matthew Sadlier
Seconder: Dr Mark Murphy

Status: Carried

49. The IMO calls on the Minister for Health to ensure that every mental health facility is provided with a working ECG machine so patients with mental health difficulties can receive adequate physical screening to allow for the safer use of psychiatric medications.

Proposer: Dr Matthew Sadlier
Seconder: Dr Mark Murphy

Status: Carried

50. The IMO deplores the recent practice of offering the small number of new allied health professionals employed in the mental health services in a temporary capacity and seeks a statement from the Minister for Health about this as those posts are likely to be suppressed at the termination of those temporary contracts.

Proposer: Dr Siobhan Barry
Seconder: Dr Larkin Feeney

Status: Carried

51. The IMO notes the exponential increase in referrals to the secondary mental health services as a consequence of the economic recession and seeks a statement from the Taoiseach on the steps the Government plan to take to enable an appropriate response to this high level of human stress and misery.

Amendment:

The IMO notes the exponential increase in referrals to the secondary mental health services as a consequence of the economic recession and seeks a statement from the Taoiseach on the steps the Government plan to take to enable an appropriate clinical response to this high level of human stress and misery.

Proposer: Dr Siobhan Barry
Seconder: Dr Larkin Feeney

Status: Carried as amended

52.The IMO notes, with extreme disappointment, the move by the HSE to recruit the, much promised, National Director for Mental Health, from a closed competition from within the HSE, and closely allied agencies and seeks a statement from the Minister as to the rational for this unimaginative way of seeking to modernise and develop the mental health services.

Proposer: Dr Siobhan Barry
Seconder: Dr Larkin Feeney

Status: Carried

Croke Park Agreement

53.The IMO calls on the HSE to honour the terms of the Croke Park Agreement (2010 – 2014) with respect to the principles of engagement and negotiation of change.

Proposer: IMO Consultants Committee

Status: Carried

54.The IMO calls on the National Implementation Body to restate to all parties the requirement for all to abide by the processes outlined in the Croke Park Agreement.

Proposer: IMO Consultants Committee

Status: Awaiting Debate

New Consultant Posts

55. This meeting condemns the introduction of lower pay scales for new entrant consultants and calls on the HSE to revoke the unilateral 30% reduction in salary as it contravenes the terms of the Croke Park Agreement.

Proposer: IMO Consultant and IMO NCHD Committees

Status: Carried

Friday 5th April

7.30pm

Session IV – Organisational Issues - Motions 56 to 87

56. That this meeting, bearing in mind the IMO Governance Review and current rules regarding Rule Changes, agrees that all Organisational motions, which have an impact on the future structure and governance processes of the IMO, will be referred, if passed, to the IMO Council for consideration in the context of both the Governance Review and Retrospective Review.

Amendment:

That this meeting, bearing in mind the IMO Governance Review and current rules regarding Rule Changes, agrees that all Organisational motions, which have an impact on the future structure and governance processes of the IMO, will be referred, if passed, by IMO Council to either the Governance Review or the Retrospective Review for consideration.

Proposer: IMO Executive Committee

Status: Amended Motion Carried

57. This meeting proposes that the IMO be reconstituted immediately to allow complete autonomy of the four craft groups under the umbrella of the IMO.

Proposer: IMO North East GP Branch

Status: Defeated

58. This meeting proposes a change in the IMO Structure to improve communication with the membership as follows:
a) Abolish specialty branch meetings to become “All Member” branches  - Defeated
b) Branches to elect a representative to Council - Defeated
c) Branches to elect rep to specialty where appropriate- Defeated
d) Council to direct IMO Management/Executive -Carried
e) Council to regularly inform members of decisions and IR issues - Carried
f) Branch meetings to be held quarterly - Carried

Proposer: IMO Wicklow GP Branch

Status: See above

59. This meeting proposes that the IMO Management Committee be increased in numbers to allow increased representation by the various craft groups.

Proposer: IMO North East GP Branch

Status: Defeated

60. This meeting proposes that the IMO Management Committee membership be increased in size and that the representation of each craft group accurately reflect membership figures.

Proposer: IMO North East GP Branch

Status: Defeated

61. This meeting requests that the rotation of the IMO Presidency between the craft groups be reviewed.

Proposer: IMO Mayo GP Branch

Status: Carried

62.This meeting calls on the IMO to concentrate on representing doctors and withdraw from non core activities.

Proposer: IMO Clare GP Branch

Status: Motion fell

63. This meeting calls on the IMO to establish a Student Craft Group.

Proposer: Dr Ella Harris
Seconder: Dr Niall Kelly

Status: Carried

64. This meeting calls for a change in the Constitution & Rules of the IMO to establish an IMO Student Craft Group, distinct in the IMO Rules and Constitution, with representatives from each medical school in Ireland formally elected for a period of one year.

Proposer: IMO NCHD Committee

Status: Carried

65. This meeting calls on the IMO to establish a Standing Medical Students Committee with a remit to represent medical students in each of the six medical schools in Ireland in regard to:
a) Regulations and legislation pertaining specifically to medical schools and medical students
b) Conditions and training within Clinical Sites
c) Medical Workforce Planning and Funding
d) Health Policy
e) Non Voting Student Observers to have a place on IMO Council
f) Acting as Student Representatives on International, National and Regional Committees.

Proposer: Dr Elizabeth Ahern Flynn
Seconder: Dr Eoin Kelleher

Status: Motion Fell

66. This meeting calls on the IMO to change the name of the NCHD Committee to the Trainee Specialist Doctors Committee.

Amendment:

This meeting calls on the IMO to look to change the name of the NCHD Committee.

Proposer: Dr John Duddy
Seconder: Dr Jean Donnelly

Status: Amended Motion Carried

67. This meeting calls for a debate on:
a) IMO Chief Executive – Terms of Reference
b) IMO Presidency, with particular reference to the election process and length of tenure

Proposer: IMO Wicklow GP Branch

Status: Carried

68. This meeting calls for a debate on:
a) IMO Chief Executive – Terms of Reference
b) IMO Presidency, with particular reference to the election process and length of tenure

Proposer: IMO Wicklow GP Branch

Status: Duplicate - see above

69. This meeting proposes that all future IMO Chief Executive’s be offered a five year renewable contract.

Amendment:

This meeting proposes that all future IMO Chief Executive’s be offered a fixed term renewable contract.

Proposer: IMO Mayo GP Branch

Status: Amended Motion Carried

70. This meeting calls on the IMO to further reduce membership fees for all groups.

Proposer: Dr Ella Harris
Seconder: Dr Niall Kelly

Status: Carried

71. This meeting proposes that the IMO Subscriptions be equivalent to BMA subscription rates for all specialties.

Proposer: IMO Wicklow GP Branch

Status: Withdrawn

72. This meeting agrees that, in recognition of the lack of progress in resolving the poor working conditions of NCHD members over the last 10 years, during which time working conditions have deteriorated significantly, and with a view to increasing membership as much as possible at this critical time, the IMO subscription for NCHD members will be reduced to €25 for 2013. Any member who has already paid existing rates will receive a credit for next year for an excess paid.

Amendment:

This meeting agrees that, in recognition of the lack of progress in resolving the poor working conditions of NCHD members over the last 10 years, during which time working conditions have deteriorated significantly, and with a view to increasing membership as much as possible at this critical time, the IMO subscription for NCHD members will be reduced significantly for 2013. Any member who has already paid existing rates will receive a credit for next year for an excess paid.

Proposer: Dr Cathal O’Suilleabhain
Seconder: Dr Garrett McGovern

Status: Amended Motion Carried

73. This meeting calls on the IMO Staff Pension Fund to be changed so that the IMO would appoint three trustees, elected by the membership, with re-election required every three years and that they would provide a report to the AGM annually.

Proposer: IMO Limerick GP Branch

Status: Defeated

74. This meeting proposes that IMO council apply the Rules & Constitution regarding financial matters to all subsidiary companies of the IMO and that the IMO audited financial statements include, along with a consolidated balance sheet, a summary Profit and Loss Statement of majority owned subsidiary companies.

Proposer: Dr David Molony
Seconder: Dr Padraig McGarry

Status: Carried

75. This meeting proposes that all IMO subsidiary companies should submit annually a full Profit and Loss Statement to IMO Council and IMO Management Committee.

Proposer: Dr David Molony
Seconder: Dr Padraig McGarry

Status: Carried

76. This meeting proposes that IMO Council review annually all expense guidelines which can be claimed by IMO Committee Members and IMO Employees and that all expenses are paid on a vouched system. Such expense guidelines will be included as part of the IMO Audited Financial Statement each year and that all expense accounts and details be available to the members of IMO Council.

Proposer: Dr David Molony
Seconder: Dr Padraig McGarry

Status: Carried

77. This meeting calls for IMO Council members to get adequate expenses for IMO business meetings.

Proposer: IMO Mayo GP Branch

Status: Carried

78. This meeting proposes that IMO Council will receive annually a Declaration of Interest from all IMO Committee Members, Board Members of IMO Subsidiary Companies, Advisors to IMO and IMO Employees.

Proposer: Dr David Molony
Seconder: Dr Padraig McGarry

Status: Carried

79. This meeting expresses its profound dissatisfaction with the governance of the IMO and demand transparent governance structures in the future.

Proposer: IMO Clare GP Branch

Status: Motion Fell

80. This meeting calls for a new legal opinion in relation to the validity of the contract of the former Chief Executive.

Proposer: IMO Limerick GP Branch

Status: Defeated

81. This meeting calls for all IMO business to be transparent.

Proposer: IMO Mayo GP Branch

Status: Carried

82. That the IMO develop a “bottom up” approach to running the organisation.

Proposer: IMO Mayo GP Branch

Status: Carried

83. This meeting proposes that, in the future, AGM motions relating to the various craft groups be managed by each craft group and that only general motions be decided upon by a motions committee with representatives from each craft group.

Proposer: IMO North East GP Branch

Status: Carried

84. This meeting proposes that submitted motions relating to General Practice be assessed by a subgroup of the GP Committee and that this group decide which motions go forward to the AGM.

Proposer: IMO North East GP Branch

Status: Defeated

85. This meeting proposes that decisions regarding AGM motions be made only by IMO members.

Proposer: IMO North East Branch

Status: Carried

86. This meeting demands that the IMO AGM rotate on a yearly basis with suitable forward planning and communication in advance.

Proposer: Dr Ella Harris
Seconder: Dr Niall Kelly

Status: Carried

87. That the Mayo Branch host AGM 2014.

Proposer: IMO Mayo GP Branch

Status: Defeated

Saturday, 6th April

2.00pm – 4.00pm

Session V - Motions 88 to 108

Media Issues

88. This meeting urges all doctors to be aware of and exercise due prudence in regard to modern social media, particularly in relation to potential breaches of patient confidentiality.

Proposer: IMO International Affairs Committee

Status : Carried

89. This meeting condemns websites which publicly rate doctors, as it is not a suitable measure of performance and may discourage patients from seeking essential healthcare.

Proposer: Dr Mark Murphy
Seconder: Dr Matthew Sadlier

Status : Carried

90. The IMO calls on the Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland, through its Code of Standards to reflect the potential harms that screening of asymptomatic individuals may receive and the limited evidence for screening interventions on such individuals in advertisements.

Proposer: Dr Mark Murphy
Seconder: Dr Matthew Sadlier

Status : Carried

91. The IMO requests that the Press Council of Ireland, through its Code of Practice, to promote journalistic accuracy when reporting scientific and health related stories, to prevent false information pertaining to the health sciences from entering the public domain.

Amendment:

The IMO requests that the Press Council of Ireland, through its Code of Practice, to promote journalistic accuracy when reporting scientific and health related stories, to prevent biased or inaccurate information pertaining to the health sciences from entering the public domain.

Proposer: Dr Mark Murphy
Seconder: Dr Matthew Sadlier

Status : Carried as amended

92. The IMO requests that the Press Council of Ireland ensures appropriate application of its Code of Practice in regard to the reporting of professionals involved in Medical Council inquiries.

Amendment:

The IMO requests that the Press Council of Ireland ensures appropriate application of its Code of Practice in regard to the need for the balanced reporting of professionals involved in Medical Council inquiries.

Proposer: Dr Mark Murphy
Seconder: Dr Matthew Sadlier

Status : Carried as amended

Technology in Health

93. The IMO calls on the HSE to explain why there is no secure, confidential and monitored email system, which allows health professionals to communicate more effectively to provide better quality and safer medical care.

Proposer: Dr Matthew Sadlier
Seconder: Dr Mark Murphy

Status : Carried

94. This meeting calls for the impact of newer technologies in health care to be fully evaluated by the relevant authority.

Amendment:

This meeting calls for the impact of newer technologies in health care to be fully evaluated by HIQA

Proposer: Dr Bridget O’Brien
Seconder: Dr Justin Joyce

Status : Carried as amended

Manpower 

95. The IMO calls on the HSE to urgently resource sufficient academic General Practice training positions, given the rise of multi morbidity in the community and the central role of primary care in our future health services.

Proposer: IMO NCHD Committee

Status : Carried

96. This meeting calls on the HSE to immediately implement the recommendations of the Hanly Report specifically with regard to non doctor duties.

Amendment:

This meeting calls on the HSE to immediately implement the recommendations of both Hanly Reports specifically with regard to NCHD inappropriate tasks.

Proposers: Dr Shane Considine, Dr Jodie Doyle, Dr Louise Cunningham, Dr Marie McGarry

Status : Carried as amended

97. The IMO calls on the HSE to introduce the 2003 Hanly Report proposal for a bleep policy in hospitals to consolidate existing good practice in the area of communication between nursing, medical and administrative staff.

Proposer: IMO NCHD Committee

Status : Carried

98. On this the 10th Anniversary of the Hanly Report, this meeting calls upon the HSE to implement the recommendations in full so as to improve patient care and the working conditions of NCHDs in line with EWTD.

Amendment:

On this the 10th Anniversary of the publicationof the Hanly Report, this meeting calls upon the HSE to implement the recommendations in full so as to improve patient care and the working conditions of NCHDs in line with EWTD

Proposer: IMO NCHD Committee

Status : Carried as amended

99. This meeting notes the international trend to delegate work of doctors to others, such as physician assistants specifically trained for undertaking such work, and considers that there is merit in this development which could be a feature of the reform of the Irish health services.

Amendment:

This meeting notes the international trend to delegate some work of doctors to others, such as physician assistants specifically trained for undertaking such work, and considers that there is merit in this development which could be a feature of the reform of the Irish health services.

Proposer: IMO Consultant Committee

Status : Carried as amended

100. The IMO calls on the HSE to collate and publish details of expenditure on agency staff throughout the hospital sector and highlight any excess over and above the costs associated with employing full time staff in equivalent posts.

Proposer: IMO Consultant Committee

Status : Carried

101. The IMO calls on the HSE to publish details of medical staffing deficits in the acute hospital sector on a quarterly basis.

Proposer: IMO Consultant Committee

Status : Carried

NCHDs

102. This meeting supports the work of the IMO and other European national representative organisations in highlighting the difficulties for NCHDs across Europe and taking action for a change in work and training conditions.

Proposer: IMO International Affairs Committee

Status : Carried

103. This meeting expresses solidarity with our NCHD colleagues and their fight against deplorable conditions.

Proposer: IMO Clare GP Branch

Status : Carried

Security

104. The IMO calls on the HSE to ensure adequate security in hospitals and on the hospital campus, including car parks, in particular at night time for those hospital staff on call on site.

Proposer: IMO NCHD Committee

Status : Carried

Education

105. The IMO calls on the Minister for Education to correct the longstanding discrimination against science and mathematics in education and mandate that the number of mandatory humanities subjects in secondary school is equal to the number of mandatory science and mathematics subjects.

Amendment:

The IMO calls on the Minister for Education to correct the longstanding discrimination against science and mathematics in education and mandate that the number of mandatory humanities subjects for the leaving certiifcate examination is equal to the number of mandatory science and mathematics subjects.

Proposer: Dr Matthew Sadlier
Seconder: Dr Mark Murphy

Status : Carried as amended

106. The IMO commends the provision of free parent education programmes currently operating in Ireland, such as Positive Parenting Plus, and requests the Government to introduce a national roll out of such programmes.
Proposer: Dr Mark Murphy

Seconder: Dr Matthew Sadlier

Status : Carried

IMJ

107. This meeting values and supports the Irish Medical Journal for publishing research and opinion of a consistently high quality and further congratulates the Editor on the introduction of online CPD through the IMJ for IMO members.

Proposer: Dr Matthew Sadlier
Seconder: Dr Mark Murphy

Status : Carried

108. This meeting calls on the IMO to establish an Annual Research Event which will acknowledge the best medial research conducted within Ireland and published in the IMJ.

Amendment:

This meeting calls on the IMO to establish an Annual Research Event which will acknowledge the best medical research conducted within Ireland and accepted for publication by the IMJ. 

Proposer: Dr Matthew Sadlier
Seconder: Dr Mark Murphy

Status : Carried as amended

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