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  • Editorial

    ‘Silly season’ all year round

    Priscilla Lynch | 14 Sep 2017

    Silly season is over, according to the slew of press releases landing daily into my email account.

  • From previous issues
  • Editorial

    A letter a day keeps the doctor away (from their patients)

    Priscilla Lynch | 04 Sep 2017

    Good communication skills are key to success in life and work. GPs know this more than most. Letter-writing might be a dying art form but not among our general practitioners, who have to spend far too much of their time reading, writing and answering letters.

  • Editorial

    Fighting fear with facts

    Priscilla Lynch | 24 Aug 2017

    They haven’t gone away, you know — those tiresome anti-vaxxer scaremongerers. They are still hard at it online, spreading fear and uncertainty.

  • Editorial

    Trust is hard-won and easily lost in vulnerable hep C population

    Catherine Reilly | 10 Aug 2017

    It is a population where trust is generally hard-won and easily lost.

  • 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).

  • 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.

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