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Embracing a new-found Mass appeal

Dr Sarah Fitzgibbon describes the journey of how, despite being an atheist, she began going to Mass again and what she took from the experience Freezing, biting wind, a scratchy, beveiled headband on home-cut hair, beautiful princess shoes getting splashed by muddy puddles. Holy Communion days have changed utterly, and yet remain exactly the same.…

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Time to be pragmatic on cannabis use

A public health approach is required in response to evidence showing the damaging effect cannabis use can have on mental health, according to Prof Brendan Kelly It comes as no surprise to anyone working in mental health services that the strength of cannabis being consumed in Ireland has increased rapidly over the past decade. Cannabis…

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Problems in primary care not confined to Ireland

Dr Muiris Houston highlights a new survey of GPs in the UK, which will resonate with those practising in Ireland I remember seeing far too many patients in my first GMS job. I was given the use of a room in the local health centre but I had to vacate it by 11am. It meant…

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Heading the HSE — holding a tiger by its tail

If you were to become head of the HSE, what is the first thing you would do? Taking over such a large and complex organisation makes the need to prioritise essential. To an extent, the priorities of the new HSE Director General (DG) Mr Paul Reid have been set for him by the Executive’s precarious…

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An annual meeting worth cherishing

Dr Christine O’Malley gives a personal account of the IMO AGM 2019 in Killarney Once again, CEO Susan [Clyne] and the IMO team gave us a wonderful AGM. Usually, they organise glorious sunshine too; this year Storm Hannah swept in. But the Europe Hotel, spiritual home of the IMO AGM, kept us safe as we…

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A light that fills places you never thought to look

The death of a friend causes George Winter to contemplate the nature of palliative care and the radiant solace that hospices can provide ccording to a Times obituary (15 July, 2005) for the modern hospice movement founder Dame Cicely Saunders (1918−2005), she had expressed a preference to die “with a cancer that gave due notice…

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Where now for the NAGP?

In the previous issue, our editorial sought to strike an optimistic note. The new deal for general practice promised an end to cuts associated with the FEMPI era. The optimism was evident at the IMO AGM, where the new deal was positively greeted. For the first time in a long while, the future looks bright…

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The end of the beginning?

In his inaugural address as IMO President Dr Padraig McGarry referred to the new GP deal as the “end of the beginning”. He was talking, of course, about the end of FEMPI, and the potential that this offers for a new dawn for general practice. As chair of the IMO GP Committee, he was a…

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Medical Council data show depths of recruitment challenge

Dr Muiris Houston takes a look at the new workforce report from the Medical Council and finds it difficult to believe the recruitment crisis will be solved anytime soon The massive scale of the workforce challenges facing the health service was underlined by a new report published recently by the Medical Council. It said the…

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