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Receiving and storing patient images

The increased use of remote consultations during the Covid-19 pandemic has caused a lot of queries about the receipt and storage of images sent by patients. Dr Rachel Birch, Medico-legal Consultant at Medical Protection, reviews the relevant guidance The medico-legal implications of obtaining and storing images of patients, including children, are increasingly coming under the…

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Treatment resistance in malignant melanoma

Attendees at UCD’s Charles Institute Seminar Series recently heard a presentation by Dr Jens Rauch on research into malignant melanoma and the mutations that so often frustrate clinicians The Charles Institute, Ireland’s dermatology research and education centre, hosts a range of guest speakers who cover a variety of topics ranging from skin cancer to psoriasis,…

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What does the experience of Covid-19 have to teach us?

Being ready for the next pandemic goes beyond science and requires looking at societal issues One year on from the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, what have we learned? It would be easy to focus on the gloomy answer to this question. But before I do, let’s acknowledge some of the positive aspects of the…

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Throwing those curtains wide open

The recent WiMIN conference might have taken place remotely, but it provided much needed respite and allowed us to travel into each other’s universes for a brief period of time “This time last year” (as many of us have been saying recently) I was getting ready to pack our car with excited children, a supportive…

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Forward momentum on NCHD concerns in spite of Covid-19

Senior Industrial Relations Officer with the IMO, Mr Paul Maier, describes the major issues facing NCHDs at this challenging time Since the beginning of the pandemic, the NCHD body has been at the forefront of the Covid-19 response. The IMO, on behalf of its members, engaged with the HSE on the critical issues around personal…

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When does something cease to be ‘new’?

Dr Clive Kilgallen, Chair of IMO consultant committee, writes that it is high time the 30 per cent salary cut imposed almost a decade ago, on a substantial number of consultants, is reversed How long before we can finally retire the divisive term ‘new-entrant’ consultant to describe those doctors who were subjected to a unilateral…

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At the heart of the community

In advance of this month’s IMO annual general meeting, Chair of the Organisation’s public health and community health committee, Dr Ann Hogan, outlines the vital role of community health doctors and the part they have playedin the response to the Covid-19 pandemic As we prepare for the second virtual annual general meeting of the IMO…

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The Hybrid BMW Conundrum

I fell in love with BMW’s 330e last year after my road test for the Medical Independent. So you will understand my excitement when I found out that I was to be given the keys to the new 530e. BMW’s flagship executive saloon, the 5-Series, is considered the cream of the crop by many, while…

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Melanoma: An overview

Early detection of malignant melanoma remains a crucial factor in reducing mortality Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Ireland, with 11,660 cases diagnosed in 2019. Melanoma is a serious form of skin cancer that develops from pigment-producing cells found in the upper layer of skin known as melanocytes. Less common than basal cell (BCC)…

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Paradigm shifts in the management of breast cancer

Is surgery now a redundant procedure for certain subgroups? Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer (excluding skin cancer) and the leading cause of cancer mortality in females, accounting for one-third of cancer cases diagnosed in Irish females between 2015-2017. The management of breast cancer has changed significantly over time due to the remarkable…

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