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National Centre for Medical Genetics 5 Year Report 2007 - 2011


National Centre for Medical Genetics (NCMG)

Subject Keywords: Genetics
Topic: Chronic Conditions
Rare Disease
Health Inequalities
Rare Diseases
Health Inequalities
Type: Report
Region: Republic of Ireland

This comprehensive report provides an insight into the specialist work carried out in the National Centre for Medical Genetics (NCMG) between 2007 and 2011. The data was compiled by nominated staff members from each division who felt it important to highlight our work & achievements and make it available to our users. It shows the changes in demand and highlights the challenges that our national service has had and continues to face. It has now been endorsed and supported by the Director and the laboratory heads of NCMG.

  1. The NCMG has been based in Our Lady’s Children Hospital in Crumlin (OLCHC) since its inception in 1994. Since this time, the NCMG has obtained its funding directly from OLCHC and its staff form part of the overall staff numbers of the Hospital. Therefore, despite having the responsibilities of a National service, our funding has not been ring-fenced. Overall funding for the NCMG has not been related to the year on year increases in clinical or laboratory activity. Recruitment and retention of NCMG staff numbers is outside the control of the Centre. This has had a significant impact on the services offered by the NCMG, both in the past and especially in recent years due to the economic climate and employment moratorium. These factors have resulted in the    cessation and/or reduction of specific services.

In response, there has been ongoing discussion by the NCMG with OLCHC, the Health

Service Executive (HSE) and especially with the National Hospital’s Office (NHO) (which was disbanded in 2009) at the HSE to highlight and address these service difficulties. This has resulted in engagement with the NHO/HSE for a ‘Needs Assessment’ for Medical Genetics services in Ireland and an assessment of the resources required for the proper provision and organisation of a national medical genetics service.




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Suggested citation:

National Centre for Medical Genetics (NCMG). (2012) National Centre for Medical Genetics 5 Year Report 2007 - 2011 [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 12th November 2019].


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