Healthcare Law

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Barrister Marguerite Bolger SC has been reportedly been appointed by ministers to lead talks with hospital consultants about the roll-out of Sláintecare. Ms Bolger will chair talks in September aimed at persuading medical specialists who will work exclusively within the new public system to a

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Two lawyers have been appointed to registration boards within multi-profession health regulator CORU. Barrister Colm Scott-Byrne has been appointed to the Dietitians Registration Board while solicitor Karen Watret has been appointed to the Medical Scientists Registration Board.

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An ex-gratia compensation scheme for injuries linked to vaccinations is being established by the government as a matter of priority, according to reports. An expert group chaired by Mr Justice Charles Meenan last year called for a scheme to be established "as a matter of urgency", having been consid

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Relaxed blood donation rules allowing for more gay and bisexual men to donate blood in Northern Ireland will be brought into effect next week. Until 2016, there was a blanket ban on men who have had sex with other men donating blood in Northern Ireland.

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The Department of Health has sought legal advice on the issue of mixing and matching Covid-19 vaccines from different manufacturers. Attorney general Paul Gallagher SC has been asked to prepare advice for health minister Stephen Donnelly on any possible legal issues in departing from how vaccines we

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Health minister Stephen Donnelly has denied that plans to legislate for exclusion zones around abortion clinics have been dropped. A spokesperson for the Department of Health had earlier suggested to the Irish Examiner that "existing public order legislation" could deal with protests outside healthc

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Health law expert Dr Eimear Spain has been reappointed to the Psychologists Registration Board (PRB). Dr Spain is a senior lecturer in health law at the University of Limerick (UL). One of her key interest areas is in the field of law and psychology.

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Legal and medical experts have been appointed to Ireland's first national research ethics committees (NRECs) in the areas of clinical trials of investigational medicinal products (NREC-CT) and clinical investigations of medical devices (NREC-MD). A total of 18 members have been appointed by Health M

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Proposals to introduce a statutory duty of candour for healthcare organisations have gone out to consultation. Healthcare organisations and everyone working for them would be required to be "open and honest in all their dealings with patients and the public" under the proposed legislation.

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