Irish Medical Organisation

IMO AGM to take place tomorrow at Aviva Stadium

First in-person gathering since 2019 to hear updates on range of issues including NCHD dispute and contract talks for Consultants

Friday 27th May 2022.  The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) will host its AGM this weekend with a day long series of meetings in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday 28th May. This is the first in-person AGM of the IMO since 2019.  The events scheduled for both 2020 and 2021 were cancelled due to the Covid Pandemic.

The Theme for this year’s AGM is “Capacity Overload – A System at Breaking Point” and reflects the huge levels of stress now being seen across the health services.

Incoming IMO President, Dr. Clive Kilgallen has said that the weekend meeting will hear updates on various issues including updates from Non-Consultant Hospital Doctors (NCHDs) on their campaign to improve working conditions (#standingUP4NCHDs) and the status of the long running negotiations on a proposed new contract for Consultants.  The NCHDs are currently balloting members to seek support for taking industrial action up to and including strike action to progress its campaign.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s meeting, Dr. Kilgallen said: “this meeting is happening at a critical juncture for the health services.  Our NCHDs are waging an exceptionally strong campaign to finally tackle the abusive working conditions which is having such a crippling impact on morale, and which poses such risk to both themselves and to their patients.   But there are problems across the health services from the crisis of waiting lists to recruitment and retention challenges amongst GPs, Consultants and Public Health doctors.

The AGM this Saturday will hear from the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD who will address the meeting at 2.00pm.

The meeting will also hear from experts in the field of providing medical support in zones of armed conflict with speakers including Dr. Srihari Cattamanchi from the Emergency Medical Mission in Ukraine, a session exploring the issues for the Health Services post the pandemic and a session exploring Gender Equality in medicine.

Dr. Clive Kilgallen will become the new President of the IMO at the AGM.  He will succeed Dr. Ina Kelly.

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