You can use your existing Medical Independent, MediLearning or PharmacistCPD account to log in. is Ireland's only investigative medical news website for doctors, healthcare professionals and anyone with an interest in health issues.

Established in 2010, along with its sister publication The Medical Independent, our stated aim is to investigate and analyse the major issues affecting healthcare and the medical profession in Ireland. The Medical Independent has won a number of awards for its investigative journalism, and its stories are frequently picked up by national digital, broadcast and print media. The Medical Independent is published by GreenCross Publishing.

Address: Top Floor, 111 Rathmines Road Lr, Dublin 6

Tel: 353 (01) 441 0024

GreenCross Publishing is owned by Graham Cooke.

The benefits of registering: only registered users:
  • receive the ecCopy two days prior to the printed edition.
  • have automatic access to our free CPD sites.
  • can partake in our online MCQs.
  • can enter our online sports quiz.

Sign up now for ease of access to The Medical Independent, Ireland’s most frequently published medical newspaper, delivering award-winning news and investigative reporting.

Download the new Mindo app for both IOS & Android.

  • Get notified when a story goes live
  • Access Premium Content
  • Read Offline

You are reading 1 of 2 free-access articles allowed for 30 days

GP training director impasse due to be resolved by ‘end of year’

By Mindo - 09th Mar 2020 | 15 views

Clarity surrounding the employment status of programme directors and assistant programme directors affected by the proposed transfer of GP training to the ICGP is due by the end of 2020, according to the IMO. Terms of reference for mediation between the IMO and HSE regarding directors and assistant directors on GP training schemes will be signed shortly.

After terms have been agreed, independent mediation chaired by Ms Marguerite Bolger, Senior Counsel specialising in employment law, will commence and involve two phases.

Mr Val Moran, IMO Director of Industrial Relations, General Practice, Public and Community Health, told the Medical Independent (MI) the first phase would lead to a determination on the employment status of directors and whether they are considered contractors or HSE employees. Once this issue has been settled, a mediation process would commence examining the wishes of directors, explained Mr Moran. Some may wish to avail of redundancy packages, for instance, while others may seek transfer to the ICGP. The process directly impacts about 70 individuals.

Mr Val Moran

MI understands that the majority of programme directors and assistant programme directors have employment contracts with the HSE, but a minority do not. A spokesperson for the ICGP said that the College “remains satisfied with the progress that is being made” on the issue. Efforts to complete the transfer of training have been ongoing for many years but cannot conclude until clarity is reached on the employment rights and status of programme directors and assistant programme directors.

Separately, the ICGP has said that the shortage of paediatric doctors available to GP training schemes remains a concern.

Nationally, there is a lack of adequate paediatric training posts for GP trainees due to a shortage of paediatricians in Irish hospitals. The matter has been cited as a significant impediment to increasing GP training places. A spokesperson for the College said: “This continues to be of concern. However, the HSE are liaising with the College and all efforts are being made to address this challenge”.

Leave a Reply

Latest Issue
The Medical Independent – 24 June 2021

You need to be logged in to access this content. Please login or sign up using the links below.

Most Read