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Treating Covid from a distance

How will the pandemic impact Irish doctors’ plans to travel abroad for work or to return home? David Lynch looks at trends and reports on recent experiences of Irish doctors working across the globe Most observers agree that the inability of the health system to retain Irish doctors has led to levels of emigration that…

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Creating ‘The Expert View’

The RCPI has launched a new podcast, The Expert View. Ms Siobhan Creaton, Head of Public Affairs and Advocacy at the RCPI, explains how the time was right for this new endeavour Apodcast was something we had been considering and planning for quite some time,” according to Ms Siobhan Creaton, Head of Public Affairs and…

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‘State of nowhere’: non-EU doctors urge training reform

Non-EU doctors are becoming increasingly mobilised about longstanding barriers to training access in Ireland. Catherine Reilly reports “We are in a state of nowhere.” Dr Haroon Usman, a Dublin-based registrar in paediatric metabolic medicine, articulates a bleak reality for many non-EU doctors in Ireland. Hundreds of these doctors cannot access training programmes. This is despite…

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Covid-19: Testing the nation

Much commentary has surrounded the need to strengthen Ireland’s Covid-19 testing infrastructure. Niamh Cahill speaks to experts who outline why testing capacity and turnaround times must be improved Ireland’s Covid-19 testing system has been under strain since its evolution in a hectic whirlwind of mitigation activity last March. As the virus took hold, the health…

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Adults and children living in deprivation are disproportionately affected by Covid-19

In this current pandemic, we must not forget vulnerable children, writes Dr Ann-Marie Hayes Covid-19 has infected all of our lives. It has consumed our media and paralysed our economy. The world seems caught, lungs expanded, unable to breathe a sigh of relief. We have come together, unified, against an existential threat. However, this idea…

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Salient lessons: How medical schools are adapting to the ‘new normal’

Catherine Reilly reports on medical schools’ preparations in resuming their degree programmes amid Covid-19 The safe return of education has been a major national talking point over recent weeks and months. Within this sector, Ireland’s six medical schools are facing unique challenges in resuming their degree programmes. Clinical placements, group-based learning, and close observation of…

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Trump vs the World Health Organisation: WHO will win?

The decision by the US President to withdraw from the World Health Organisation may look like a done deal, but the chances of it happening are beginning to look slim. Bette Browne reports President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the World Health Organisation (WHO), which would deprive the agency of much of…

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RCPI announces more than 90 additional training places

The development will see new training positions opened up to doctors across Ireland The RCPI was very pleased to recently announce the establishment of additional training positions, representing a more than 20 per cent increase in places. It is “a huge achievement and huge opportunity for doctors working in Ireland right now”, according to College…

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What can Ireland learn from Australia’s and New Zealand’s pandemic response?

Public health consultants Dr Niall Conroy and Dr Nick Eichler outline why Ireland should follow a policy of Covid-19 elimination Ireland’s public health response to the Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated the country’s ability to punch well above its weight. Despite Europe’s largest outbreak occurring in the UK, a science-led and data-driven response saved innumerable lives…

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