Public Health and Community Medicine Motions 2014
Irish Medical Organisation

Public Health and Community Medicine Motions 2014

Saturday 26th April - 10.00am

1. The IMO calls on the HSE to lift the recruitment embargo on Senior Medical Officers in Public Health Departments and ensure that retired colleagues will be replaced only by the same grade. Staffing levels for Senior Medical Officers are far below those of the 2003 post strike agreement.

Proposer: Dr Mary Conlon Seconder: Dr Mary Fahey

Status: Carried as amended

Amendment:

The IMO calls on the HSE to lift the recruitment embargo on Senior Medical Officers in Public Health Departments and ensure that SMO posts that are vacated will be replaced only by the same grade. Staffing levels for Senior Medical Officers are far below those of the 2003 post strike agreement.

2. This meeting calls on the IMO to negotiate with the Director of Health and Wellbeing of the HSE on the redrawing of health service boundaries into Integrated Service Areas (ISAs) and the implications for Departments of Public Health.

Proposer: Public Health Doctor Committee

Status: Carried

3. As Senior Medical Officer is now the entry grade in Community Health (as AMO was previously), the job descriptions should in the same. Accordingly SMOs should be permitted to be involved in clinical duties.

Proposer: Public Health Doctor Committee

Status: Carried as amended

The IMO calls on the HSE to ensure that Senior Medical Officers should be permitted to be involved in clinical duties, as SMO is now the entry grade in Community Health, as Area Medical Officer was previously.

4. The IMO calls on the Department of Health to ensure that public health medicine is staffed by consultant medical staff. Higher specialist training in public health medicine should lead to a substantive career grade of CPHM, a re-designation of the SPHM post.

Proposer: IMO Public Health Committee

Status: Carried as ameneded

The IMO calls on the Department of Health to ensure that higher specialist training in public health medicine should lead to a substantive career grade of CPHM, a re-designation of the SPHM post

5. The IMO calls on the Director of Health and Wellbeing of the HSE to resolve the provision of out of hour supports to the Public Health Out of Hours Service, as agreed with the HSE and as outlined in the IMO document.

Proposer: IMO Public Health Committee

Status: Carried as amended

The IMO calls on the Director of Health and Wellbeing  of the HSE to resolve as a matter of urgency the provision of out of hour supports to the Public Health Out of Hours Service, as agreed with the HSE and as outlined in the IMO document.

6. In addressing the shortage of Community Health Doctors, priority should be given to regularisation of AMO posts to SMO grade.

Proposer: IMO Public Health  Committee

Status: Carried as amended

The IMO calls on the HSE thatIn addressing the shortage of Community Health Doctors, priority should be given to regularisation of AMO posts to SMO grade.

7. The IMO calls on the Director General of Health to recognise the work done by Community Medical Officers with regard to Child Health and Developmental Assessment and Monitoring as a quality service which is complementary to the work undertaken by GP colleagues.

Proposer: IMO Public Health  Committee

Status: Carried as amended

The IMO calls on the Director General of the Health Service Exexcutive to recognise  and maintain the work done by Community Medical Officers with regard to Child Health and Developmental Assessment and Monitoring as a quality service which is complementary to the work undertaken by GP colleagues.

8.Emergency Motion

The IMO calls on the HSE to lift the recruitment embargo for all medical grades within both Public Health Medicine and Community Health Medicine

Status: Carried

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