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  • Editorial

    A HSE spokesperson said…

    Catherine Reilly | 20 Jul 2017

    Reporter Niamh Cahill’s recent story in the Medical Independent (MI) — ‘HSE ‘disappointed’ at ICGP ‘failure’ to fill GP training places’ — provoked huge reaction online over the past fortnight among GPs and the wider medical and healthcare professions (see social media comments on this page).

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  • Editorial

    Minding your PQs

    Catherine Reilly | 06 Jul 2017

    In a fairly blunt but no less accurate assessment of health service governance, Dr Michael Harty TD told the Primary Care Partnership Conference in Dublin earlier this year there was “a greyness” as to where responsibility rested.

  • Editorial

    Varadkar provides more questions than answers

    Catherine Reilly | 22 Jun 2017

    For anyone cradling a delicate hope that transformative change in health service delivery is drawing nearer — even just through the twin forces of rising demographics and chronic illnesses — the election of Leo Varadkar as Taoiseach seems to offer a reason to believe.

  • Editorial

    The only certainty is uncertainty

    Catherine Reilly | 08 Jun 2017

    They came, they saw… and, well, they haven’t conquered.

  • Editorial

    Making medicine more representative

    Catherine Reilly | 29 May 2017

    Medicine graduand Neasa Conneally’s column on access to medical school, published in our previous edition, really struck a chord within the medical profession and among those seeking to pursue a career in medicine.

  • Editorial

    Urgent action required on CAMHS psychiatrists

    Catherine Reilly | 18 May 2017

    Recruitment and retention of doctors is a sticky issue in Ireland at present, no more so than in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). The service is struggling to recruit and retain staff across the board, especially consultant psychiatrists. Niamh Cahill’s news piece on page 3 tells its own story.

  • Editorial

    A holy mess

    Catherine Reilly | 08 May 2017

    Much has been written on the debacle concerning the proposed relocation of the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) to the St Vincent’s site at Elm Park, Dublin, which is owned by the Sisters of Charity.

  • Editorial

    Tackling ‘anti-expert bias’

    Catherine Reilly | 27 Apr 2017

    New IMO President Dr Ann Hogan, a public health doctor, used her inaugural address at the union’s 2017 AGM to send out a strong message on “anti-expert bias” — a trend that is growing nationally and internationally.

  • Editorial

    The future has arrived

    Catherine Reilly | 17 Apr 2017

    The inevitable kite-flying has occurred in advance of the publication of the final report of the Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Healthcare.

  • Editorial

    Protecting doctors’ health

    Catherine Reilly | 06 Apr 2017

    It might seem somewhat counter-intuitive that a specialist health service be established for doctors and other healthcare professionals. After all, who is closer to healthcare than the people who deliver it, or more ‘in the know’ about the most effective and efficient colleagues in their fields?

  • Editorial

    Action required urgently on CRE ‘superbugs’

    Catherine Reilly | 27 Mar 2017

    It is hugely concerning that leading consultant microbiologists in Ireland are uniformly calling for an emergency national response to carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) in Irish hospitals to avoid an endemic situation — a response that has so far failed to materialise.

  • Editorial

    Family-friendly medicine: A long way to go

    Catherine Reilly | 16 Mar 2017

    Some 82 per cent of female doctor respondents in Ireland have answered ‘yes’ when asked ‘have you ever been concerned about the impact that having children may have on your career in medicine?’

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