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Sláintecare Council opposes Donnelly’s halt on regionalisation

By David Lynch | May 5, 2021

The Sláintecare Implementation Advisory Council (SIAC) strongly disagreed with Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly’s view that progressing the new regional health areas (RHAs) should be postponed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Medical Independent (MI) can report. Minister Donnelly informed the Council of his decision concerning the RHAs during a…

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Covid-19 and the great GP IT revolution

In the second of our series on IT in healthcare, Niamh Cahill reports on how general practice has innovated in responseto the Covid-19 crisis and why many of these changes will last beyond the pandemic

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Hybrid Renault estate is great crossover alternative

The plug-in hybrid, Renault Megane Sport Tourer I tested last week is a very well-priced new car. It’s spacious, comfortable, quiet and most importantly, it’s partially propelled by electricity. The Megane is my favourite car in Renault’s range and in an earlier review for the Medical Independent, I described it as a Swiss army knife.…

An appreciation of olive oil


Just as there are wine snobs, there are olive oil snobs. When I was growing up, my mother used to buy Goodall’s olive oil in tiny bottles. I can still remember the attractive, fruity smell of this pretty basic stuff (we’re talking the early 1970s here) as it warmed in the pan. She was ahead…

IMO AGM 2021- Female doctors predominant in reporting difficulty securing childcare


IMO AGM 2021, Virtual Conference, 17 April Read the full IMO AGM 2021 coverage here Females were predominant among the 66 per cent of doctors who reported difficulty securing childcare during the pandemic, according to responses to an IMO survey on doctors’ mental health and wellbeing. Six-in-10 of the 66 per cent of respondents to…

In the eye of the Covid-19 storm

“You know you are desperate when you are actually looking at a second-hand monkey ventilator and thinking, is there any way we can use this?” It is a line worthy of a JG Ballard novel – 22nd century survivor of ecological disaster scours dystopian cityscape for booty – but it was spoken in March 2020…

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A prince among some and a god among others – the world’s most unlikely ‘deity’

A round-up of news and oddities from left field by Dr Doug Witherspoon You will no doubt be aware of the recent passing of the UK’s Prince Philip, the British monarch’s husband and the cause of much hilarity and offence, depending on your point of view. He had what is described as ‘a good run’,…

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