Medical Council Fee Increase
Stop the Medical Council Fee Increase - 9th June 2015
The IMO has arranged a meeting with the Medical Council on Monday 15 June 2015 to discuss the unacceptable rise in fees. To press the case to reduce the fee it is important to communicate the anger of doctors and to clearly demonstrate to the Medical Council the determination of doctors to resist this increase. The IMO is calling on all members who have joined the campaign to stop this increase to forward to the IMO a copy of – 1) their letter of protest (samply letter can be seen here) and 2) the payment that was sent to the Medical Council. This will be used to demonstrate to the Medical Council the strength of feeling of doctors. It will not be given over at the meeting but is a powerful sign to show the level of protests at the increase. You are asked to email/post a copy of the above information to the IMO before noon on Monday 15 June 2015.
Meetings of members will be held in several hospitals across the country to encourage support for the campaign and collect forms. This issue will only be addressed with a strong show of solidarity among doctors. You are asked to support this campaign and encourage all your colleagues to join this protest now.
Reduced Paperwork on Job Changeover
Following persistent lobbying by the IMO confirmation has now been received from the HSE that the NDTP have developed a National Employment Record (NER) for NCHDs. The NER has all relevant information required to take up employment in a HSE post. This will deal with bank details, BLS, ACLS Certificates, Garda Vetting, Occupational Health Certification. The only outstanding document will be a P45, not a tax clearance certificate, which will be necessary each time you change payroll.
The system is planned to go live for interns in the July 2015 intake and to apply to all NCHDs by the end of 2015. The letter to the IMO detailing this change can be seen here.
Career Break to Protect your Pension Benefit
If you plan to leave the HSE employment for more than 26 weeks you should make sure to apply for a career break as set out in this circular. This will protect your pension benefits if you started employment in the public health service before 1 January 2013. This is important as it is not possible to rectify this issue after you have left the employment of the HSE.
Outstanding Payments, Overtime and Night Rate of Pay
If you have any claims outstanding to you for any overtime payment or Night Rate of Pay you should contact the IMO now to ensure the claim is paid. There is a six month time limit for submitting a claim under the Payment of Wages Act, so it is essential that members act on this issue as soon as they become aware that money is outstanding. Some hospitals have allowed claims to extend beyond six months making it very difficult to redress the issue. Act Now