NDSC Completes Two Major Review Documents On the Process of Notification of Notifiable Diseases and the Control of Anti-microbial Resistance and Invites Comments from Interested Healthcare Professionals

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Two Sub-groups of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the National Disease Surveillance Centre have just produced two major review documents on Notifiable Diseases and on Antimicrobial Resistance. These documents have been sent out to relevant representative bodies for review and NDSC is now seeking comment from the wider community.

The first document is entitled a ''Review of the Current List of Infectious Disease and of the Process of Notification". This document reviews the current list of notifiable diseases under the infectious disease regulations. It makes recommendations regarding proposed additions and deletions to this list and makes proposals regarding the process of notification in respect of each disease.

This review was led by Dr Lelia Thornton, Specialist in Public Health Medicine at the Eastern Regional Health Authority (ERHA), in conjunction with representatives from the paediatric, public health, environmental health, general practice, infection control nursing, and medical laboratory science communities.

The second document is entitled "A Strategy for Control of Antimicrobial Resistance in Ireland (SARI)". The need to develop a national strategy for the control of the development and the spread of antimicrobial resistance in Ireland is recognised. The report recommends that the Department of Health and Children (DOHC) considers the control of antimicrobial resistance in humans a priority and that it makes resources available to ensure that the recommendations are implemented. The document also recommends that all efforts to address the problem of antimicrobial resistance in humans should be considered in parallel with existing and future efforts addressing the problem in animals.

In conclusion SARI recommends the development of a three-tier strategy, with local, regional and national tiers. Such a framework will ensure that existing services are developed and strengthened and local ownership of the problem whilst tackling it within a national setting.

The development of this document was led by Dr Olive Murphy, Consultant Microbiologist at the Bon Secours Hospital, Cork in conjunction with a multidisciplinary committee comprising representatives from the veterinary, pathology, nursing, dental, paediatric, agriculture and pharmaeconomic community. The committee also comprises a GP and public health representative and representatives from the Food Safety Authority, Consumers Association and pharmaceutical industry.

Members of the community are invited to review these two documents on the NDSC website and to submit comments by Tuesday June 6th 2000 by e-mail to info@ndsc.ie or alternatively to the NDSC by fax at (01) 661 7347

Following the consultation process the document will be finalised, taking into consideration the views obtained and will be sent to the Department of Health and Children for consideration.