Monthly Archives: July, 2011

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President’s Message

A Time For Honesty

65th HMI AGM

The 65th Annual General Meeting of the Health Management Institute of Ireland took place on Thursday, June 23, 2011 in the Education Centre of the Adelaide Meath Incorporating the National Children’s Hospital, Tallaght. Richard Dooley, Area Manager, Waterford/Wexford Health Services and Derek Greene, CEO, National Rehabilitation Hospital, were re-elected for another term as President and Vice-President.

Children’s hospital wins Golden Pedal Award

The Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street, Dublin has won a Golden Pedal Award for its success in advocating cycling as a means of commuting to work.

Health service news

Read all about recent news and developments in the health services.

SDU is not a magic bullet

The new Special Delivery Unit may not be a magic bullet but many are saying that it will need a sprinkle or two of fairy dust, if it is to fulfil its brief without any extra money, writes Maureen Browne.

A philosopher and intellectual

Martin Connor is a philosopher, who has been described as an intellectual with a very nice style and a leadership approach which is participative and collaborative.

Ireland is moving towards Academic Medical Centres

The current provisions around relationships between universities and the health system in Ireland are unlikely to be sustainable into the future and Ireland is likely to be compelled to move towards establishment of Academic Medical Centres or Academic Health Science Centres, Mr. John O’Brien told a recent HMI Forum organised by the Dublin Mid Leinster Regional Committee.

Minister to set up new children’s agency

Minister for Children, Frances Fitzgerald says health managers have a very challenging job in the current environment and it is very important that we work to maintain morale and a sense of unity. Maureen Browne reports.

A Minister with steely determination

Frances Fitzgerald is a professional social worker and family therapist. She holds a B.Soc. Science degree from U.C.D. and an M.Sc. in Social Administration and Social Work from the London School of Economics.

Lessons for the health services from the Cork air crash

Our ability to care for patients in an emergency will never be better than our ability to care for them on a normal day, writes Peter Daly, Chief Emergency Management Officer, HSE South.

We must protect whistleblowers

Unless protection is introduced for whistleblowers, I would confidently predict no working person will ever again raise their head above the parapet to speak out about wrongdoing in the workplace, writes David Begg.

New laws for whistleblowers needed

If there is general acceptance of the unique role which health staff play in protecting vulnerable people, then we have to examine if there are adequate protections and procedures in place to enable them speak out when care standards slip, writes Eamon Timmins.

Learning lessons from the private sector

Over two decades of ‘social partnership’ health service managers abdicated their responsibilities for direct communication with employees and ‘outsourced’ it to trade union officials, writes Gerald Flynn.

Exploring the Irish health repository

Aoife Lawton and Padraig Manning write about a unique and unparalleled collection of Irish health-related material which is available to Irish health service managers in a simple, straightforward one-stop shop, without the clutter and ‘false positives’ of a Google search.

Universal health insurance won’t work

Forty seven per cent of senior Irish health managers do not believe a universal health insurance model will work in this country, according to a poll in Health Manager. Thirty two per cent of those who replied thought it would work and 21 per cent said they did not know.

Dates for your Diary

Health managers may be interested in the following events.

Getting real about performance management

Quite often, a misleading record in relation to performance levels can have an undesirable legal significance, writes Conor Hannaway.

Power up your mind

The informal or unstructured process of management development in many cases must come from the manager themselves, but often they don’t know where to begin writes Keith McCarthy.

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