The MLSA and ACSLM have today issued a joint press release calling for investment in clinical diagnostic laboratories, particularly in staffing and the long-awaited integrated Laboratory Information System. The joint statement summarises the issues raised in a joint submission to the Oireachtas Special Committee on COVID-19 response in June and is issued ahead of the AGM of the ACSLM today. The press release is available here.
The MLSA was invited to make a submission to the Oireachtas Special Committee on COVID-19 Response in June 2020. The MLSA Executive Committee and the Council of the Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine collaborated to produce a joint submission which can be viewed here.
The motions for the 2020 AGM are now available in the Members' Area of the website. The Executive Committee is continuing to review options for holding the AGM in 2020 with an Autumn meeting a potential option under consideration, subject to necessary public health advice.
At the first meeting of the 2020-2021 MLSA Executive Committee on Thursday 7th May the following Executive Committee Officers were elected:
The MLSA Annual Report and Accounts are now available in the Members' Area of the website. All members are encouraged to read the report of the union's activities for 2019, the proceedings of the 2019 AGM and the audited financial accounts of the MLSA for 2019.
The Executive Committee has announced the Cyril Keogh Academic Bursary awards for 2020 and the names of the winners can be found in the bursary section of the Members' Area. As the number of eligible applicants was less than the number of bursaries available, there was no need for a lottery and all six eligible applicants were successful. MLSA Head Office is in the process of contacting the winners to make arrangements to pay the €500 award to each one.
MLSA Executive Committee Chairperson Kevin O’Boyle has written to members to acknowledge their vital role and contribution to the COVID 19 emergency. The letter can be viewed in the Member Updates section of the Members’ Area of the website.
MLSA correspondence with the HSE related to the COVID 19 pandemic can also be found in the Member Updates section.
The HSE has issued revised guidelines for the occupational health management of healthcare workers and guidelines on leave arrangements for healthcare workers in self-isolation and quarantine. The updated information can be found on the HSE website. Click here for a link to the occupational health information;... Read More
The HSE and unions have agreed a policy on the redeployment of HSE staff during the COVID 19 pandemic, which can be downloaded here. This policy is subject to review on 29th March 2020 and replaces the previous policy issued on 6th March that was not agreed with unions.
The MLSA AGM planned for Saturday 4th April has been postponed due to government instructions. Furhter details will follow.