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Cause and effect — the insidious reasons for bullying in the health service

By Paul Mulholland | Jul 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

The recent Your Training Counts report from the Medical Council made for stark reading for anyone interested in the wellbeing…

Lack of continuity at top of HSE threatens quality improvement

By Paul Mulholland | Jul 2, 2019 | 0 Comments
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Institutional memory is the collective knowledge and learned experiences of a group. It is a way for an institution to…

Preparing for dotMD

By Dr Ronan Kavanagh | Jun 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

Co-founder and Director of dotMD Dr Ronan Kavanagh explains what was involved in choosing speakers for this year’s conference Described…

Meeting our patients eye-to-eye

By sa | Mar 13, 2019 | 0 Comments
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Dr Neasa Conneally recounts a patient interaction from medical school that still sticks with her One of the great benefits…

The problem with Angola

By sa | Mar 4, 2019 | 0 Comments
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In his time as Minister for Health, the former Taoiseach Brian Cowen once famously referred to the Department of Health…

The true cost of budget over-runs

By sa | Feb 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

The spiralling cost of the new national children’s hospital will have negative consequences for other badly-needed healthcare projects, writes Dr Muiris Houston

Is hope on the horizon for public health doctors?

By sa | Jan 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

Public health doctors were not a happy group towards the end of last year. The group were becoming increasingly frustrated at the continuing pay disparity between themselves and other specialists and their lack of consultant status. Not only that, but they were not even permitted to see the Review of Public Health Medicine, commissioned by the Department of Health and conducted by the consultancy firm Crowe, regarding the future of the specialty.

A burned out, under-resourced workforce

By sa | Jan 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

Dr Muiris Houston is not very optimistic about improvements for people working in primary care in 2019 and warns about the problem of burnout

Why diets don’t work

By sa | Jan 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

Dr Lucia Gannon writes that far from making people healthier, diets are ineffective in terms of sustained weight loss and can actually be harmful

It’s all in the mind

By sa | Jan 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

George Winter questions the scientific basis of psychiatry and wonders about the future of the speciality

Optimism, pessimism and realism for 2019

By sa | Jan 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

Dr Pat Harrold notes down his hopes and fears for the year ahead

Financial pressure in uncertain times

By sa | Jan 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

As usual, the HSE published its service plan just when most people were turning their attention away from the news towards the reprieve of the Christmas period. Although the completion of the plan has to abide by certain timelines, it is almost as if the Executive doesn’t want a detailed and forensic examination of its annual mission statement.

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