Thursday 8 December 2016

New network of doctors launched to help reduce sneaky sick days in the work place

Published 16/05/2016 | 12:07

National OHP Network was launched by Dr Gallagher, Dr Conor McDonnell and Dr Susan Hill.
National OHP Network was launched by Dr Gallagher, Dr Conor McDonnell and Dr Susan Hill.

A national network of occupational health doctors has been launched aimed at changing the way Irish employers approach the health of their workforce.

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Cognate Health, which is behind the new National OHP Network, believes the scheme will help reduce absenteeism in the workplace and boost the productivity of employees.

The new programme is the first of its kind in Ireland and will assist employers with aspects of workplace health and safety ranging from pre-employment health checks, managing stress levels and the management of employee illnesses.

The new scheme was launched with the aim of reducing accidents, illness, and sick days which directly affect profits, efficiency and company morale.

Dr John Gallagher, the consultant occupational physician at the helm of Cognate Health said the service will act as a point of contact and help make appointments for employees and ensure a quicker turnaround on employee injury and illness.

Dr Gallagher said: “Firstly the creation of a new national network of quality approved occupational health physicians gives companies a single point of contact to make medical appointments, obtain reports and manage accounts.

“This will ensure rapid access to appointments and the quickest report turnaround times, wherever people are seen. This change will result in significant savings for employers, especially companies with a large dispersed workforce.

“Secondly Cognate Health is promoting a new connected approach to health, safety and wellness in the workplace.”

Dr Gallagher also admitted that the service was launched with the aim of helping companies keep a happier workforce.

“There is increasing evidence that the integration of health and safety programmes with health promotion and wellness initiatives makes good business sense in the form of safer, healthier, happier workers.

“Until now, employers had to arrange appointments themselves with approved doctors who might not be anywhere near their place of work. With our network of approved physicians, we can ensure that they will get an appointment close to the worker’s location within 48 hours and we will arrange everything for them,” said Dr Gallagher.

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