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Full capacity deal with private hospitals could ‘trigger legal action’

By Niamh Cahill | July 13, 2020

A senior consultant in full-time private practice has warned that another full lease arrangement between the HSE and private hospitals could trigger large-scale legal action by consultants.  The consultant, who did not wish to be named, told the Medical Independent (MI) that since the controversy surrounding the previous agreement, many consultants had…

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Morgan Flanagan Creagh reviews the new BMW M5 Competition, the most performance-focused version of their flagship M-car to date Late last year, BMW brought me to Mondello Park to test their M2, M4 and the big daddy M5. The 591bhp, 4.4-litre BMW M5 was definitely the fastest car I have ever driven in a straight…

A talk with … Sarah Harvey

The Medical Independent talks to Sarah Harvey, a London-based painter known for herlarge-scale depictions of figures immersed in water.  Sarah Harvey’s work has been shortlisted for, and has been the recipient of, many awards, including the Insight Investment Newcomers Award from the Royal Academy of London. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions in…

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The question of happiness

Title: Can We Be Happier? Evidence and Ethics Author: Richard Layard Publisher: Pelican (2020) Reviewer: Prof Brendan Kelly Can We Be Happier? Evidence and Ethics is the new book by Richard Layard, a labour economist who worked for most of his life on how to reduce unemployment and inequality. Most recently, Layard has become known…

Belgium knows how to restart its economy when the chips are down


And so we move with cautious optimism towards an era that may not yet be described as ‘post-Covid-19’, but could perhaps more accurately be described as a ‘somewhat less Covid-19-ish halfway house’, although this is not catchy enough to make the tabloids. Nevertheless, we seem to be in a different place now and conversations are…

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