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Taking the fight to the virus

If Covid-19 has taught me anything, it is that the quality and commitment of our team is second to none Tap, tap, tap. The click of my keyboard is accompanied by the low hum from street noise outside. The occasional car passes. A door shuts. I hear the neighbour’s dog bark as a motorbike goes…

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Pressing on and taking the fight to the virus.

If Covid-19 has taught me anything, it is that the quality and commitment of our team is second to none Tap, tap, tap. The click of my keyboard is accompanied by the low hum from street noise outside. The occasional car passes. A door shuts. I hear the neighbour’s dog bark as a motorbike goes…

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From containment to mitigation

The experience of previous pandemics will be crucial in informing the fight against Covid-19 What have we learned from the recent experience in responding to SARS, Ebola, H1N1? As we face the challenge of a novel virus, we must ensure that we apply the knowledge gleaned from past pandemics. We have been watching from our…

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Seize the day and send a clear message

This general election will be crucial in determining the future of our health system With the announcement that the general election will take place on 8 February, I was reminded  of when, a few months ago, I debated with a good friend who works in politics. He chided me that my advocacy was wasted because…

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The case against the de Buitléir report

We must adopt pragmatic policies to fund and deliver healthcare for this century What do we want from our public health service? What is a reasonable expectation? What is a reasonable cost? What is the value of excellent care and timely access? These are questions that continuously arise in contemporary Irish political discourse. Many admirers…

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An apple a day won’t make doctors stay

It will take more than wellness initiatives to improve consultant morale As I prepare to speak on burnout and the recruitment crisis at the annual IHCA conference, I am reminded of a recent Saturday morning conversation with consultant colleagues on the topic of wellness initiatives for consultant staff. “I don’t need a manager leaving an…

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Patients can’t afford to wait for care

A new campaign from the IHCA aims to highlight the impact that the current consultant recruitment crisis is having on patients and on hospital waiting times Timely access to healthcare is a right not a privilege. There are approximately 500 unfilled or temporarily filled permanent consultant posts across our acute hospitals and psychiatric services. This…

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Solving consultant crisis key to improving health service

Dr Gabrielle Colleran outlines the negative impact the consultant recruitment and retention crisis is having across the healthcare system We stand at the fork in the road: A health system on the brink. Our waiting lists are the longest in the OECD. Approximately, 500,000 people are waiting for a consultant appointment. The Irish hospital system…

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