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Opportunity offered in consultant contract negotiations needs to be grasped

Without meaningful engagement from health management on a new consultant contract, the experiences, sacrifices and learnings of the past year will have been squandered It has been a long and difficult year, not least for those of us in healthcare. We are not clear of the pandemic yet – and will not be for some…

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How to avoid a Medical Council investigation

Dr Edward Farnan, Medico-legal Adviser at the Medical Defence Union, outlines some of the common themes in Medical Council investigations There are over 21,000 doctors registered in one of several divisions with the Medical Council. Of these, only a very small number, around 2 per cent, are involved in a complaint to the Medical Council…

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Indemnity – understanding your options

Dr Rob Hendry, Medical Director at Medical Protection, outlines what medical practitioners need to considerwhen choosing their clinical indemnity policy Professional indemnity may not be a subject that doctors spend a lot of time thinking about, particularly when they have been coping with the pressures caused by the pandemic. Doctors often just want to know…

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On the results of laboratory accidents

Laboratory containment measures might have improved in recent years, but the universal propensity for human folly remains the same It was mid-summer 1978 and I was a recent microbiology graduate. Sat at a bench in a London hospital diagnostic virology lab, I had been asked to dispense a volume of culture medium. So, I selected…

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The path to being a GP can begin as a hospital intern

Thinking back, my first day as an intern could have had career-defining consequences If 1 July 2000 hadn’t fallen on a Saturday, I wonder would I have become a GP? I wonder would I have followed my original plan of being a surgeon, like my grandfather? In the years that followed, I convinced myself that…

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Medico-legal dilemmas in occupational health matters

Dr Mary Davin-Power, Senior Clinical Risk Advisor at Medisec, outlines the obligations of doctors when undertaking occupational health assessment Doctors practising outside the specialty of occupational health, both GPs and consultants, will regularly receive requests from patients to complete forms relating to different aspects of occupational health. Medisec regularly assists members with queries ranging from…

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The Mayfly effect

A solution to the turbulence caused by the NCHD annual changeover needs to be found Like dead leaves in a gale, Irish trainee doctors will soon be whipped from one home to the next in our annual changeover. And like going to mass or enjoying the Eurovision, it only seems normal because we have always…

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How much does industry influence how we prescribe?

There is an obligation on us as doctors to question why we are choosing a particular medication when we write a prescription TV recommendations are still one of the greatest currencies we have as we gradually emerge from lockdown and I’m happy to share that I recently watched a brilliant documentary originally broadcast on HBO…

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Caring for colleagues in the time of Covid-19

Dr Stephen Priestley, Senior Medical Educator for Medical Protection’s Risk Prevention and Cognitive Institute, suggests ways to support doctors to sustain their own physical and mental wellbeing and support their colleagues during the pandemic While Ireland has begun to flatten the curve of Covid-19 transmission, the thought of another wave is probably looming at the…

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Now is the time to fix our healthcare system

Frontline innovation shows that the Irish health service can change for the better Ireland started this pandemic with the longest waiting lists in Europe and the lowest number of specialist consultants in post. But Covid-19 is not to blame for these problems. In fact, the pandemic has shone a light both on the deficits in the system and on the speed and ease at which they can be overcome when consultants are…

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