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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The HMI is the professional body for healthcare managers across all sectors of the health services in Ireland. Its overall aim is the development of standards of management competence and practice. We inform, educate and involve members and stakeholders in professional development and networking activities.
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