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  • 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.

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  • 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?’

  • Editorial

    More than cosmetic change required

    Catherine Reilly | 06 Mar 2017

    Caveat emptor: let the buyer beware.

  • Editorial

    Whistle-blowers and the HSE

    Catherine Reilly | 23 Feb 2017

    Journalists adore winning awards; one only needs to peruse our social media bios for ample evidence. Indeed, many of us in the medical and healthcare realm have been left bereft following discontinuation in 2014 of the GSK Irish Healthcare Media Awards. But we will struggle on.

  • Editorial

    Rise of the ‘assistants’?

    Catherine Reilly | 09 Feb 2017

    Those keeping a close eye on health news from across the water may have noted that the UK’s Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has agreed to regulate the new nursing associate role.

  • Editorial

    Dented union

    Catherine Reilly | 26 Jan 2017

    Doctors and nurses share the trenches in many respects. They face pressurised working environments, unsocial hours and huge professional responsibilities that can render a lapse in concentration into an adverse event, or if they are lucky, a near miss.

  • Editorial

    A season of soundbites

    Catherine Reilly | 12 Jan 2017

    Soundbite season is truly upon us.

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