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When cheers for Sláintecare ring hollow

Sláintecare is unlikely to provide the solution to the problems of the health service Three cheers for Sláintecare! During the general election 2020, we were spared the usual rubbish from politicians about healthcare. Each party in turn hid behind the fig leaf of Sláintecare. I was glad. Consider the last few elections. In 2007, the…

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Using Aga again and again

Sitting together for meals is important, especially at this time of year  love my Aga. It heats the house, dries my clothes, and makes the best toast in the world. I love the food it cooks, but you must cook the Aga way. Oven temperatures are fixed, so you move the food from hot to…

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The ‘Brexit’ election and me

The UK is growing ever more divided in what is essentially a civil war without the guns My Scottish brother-in-law, Neil, is standing in the Westminster election on 12 December. He’s the Liberal Democrat candidate for the Western Isles. I’ve had a vague interest in British politics since I lived there, but now I’m taking…

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The simple cause of the housing and hospital crises

The worst solution for the trolley crisis came from an engineer. “Remove all trolleys,” he said. That will force the system to respond with efficiencies. It was around the time former Minister  for Health Mary Harney declared a national emergency, because almost 500 people were waiting for a ward bed. Since then, beds have closed.…

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When being a doctor doesn’t make choosing easier

The dotMD conference led me to some personal reflection I missed the first day of dotMD. Instead, I drove two hours in the opposite direction to a funeral. Just 24 hours after a death, hundreds of us were summoned by phone, text and RIP.ie to sympathise with the family by an open coffin. I was…

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A step closer to justice for the women of Ireland

Relief rather than surprise was my dominant feeling after reading the new Scally report “Nothing would surprise me,” Dr Gabriel Scally said, “I’m absolutely amazed at some of the things that I’ve found.” In forthright language, Dr Scally explained that both Quest Diagnostics and CPL/MedLab had outsourced slides from Irish women, without informing the HSE.…

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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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What do you want to be?

Dr Christine O’Malley recounts the difficult experience of deciding upon a medical specialty and when she knew geriatrics was for her It’s odd that people are so prescriptive about the “right” personality for doctors. Medicine is a broad church;there’s room for everyone. I left school in the Dark Ages, before the CAO. I was offered…

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Skill should trump personality when choosing your doctor

Dr Christine O’Malley says the most important factor in choosing a consultant is how good they are at their job, even if their personality might rub patients up the wrong way “Please choose a consultant for me.” My ophthalmologist said I needed to see a retinal surgeon about my complex eye problems. She named specialists…

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The reality behind nursing numbers

Call to double IBD nurses in health service

Dr Christine O’Malley Dr Christine O’Malley challenges the view that the Irishhealth sector employs too many nurses Ireland has more nurses than France.” It was 10 or more years ago, and I was asked for a comment on whether Ireland has an excess of nurses. I don’t remember what I said, but I didn’t think…

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