Dr Muiris Houston

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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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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Why Frasier is the king of comedy

Dr Muiris Houston writes that Frasier is the perfect medical comedy, but adds that many representations of doctors on-screen are unsatisfactory  Fifteen years ago Frasier finally left the building. After many years at the top of the sitcom ratings charts, this sharply written comedy came to an end. But just recently I have reconnected with…

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Trials of the medical migrant experience

Health services rely on doctors from overseas, yet this reliance is not often acknowledged by those in power, according to Dr Muiris Houston Migration and medicine will always be close bedfellows. It’s been a fact of life for generations of Irish medical graduates – who originally travelled to the US and Canada, with Australia and…

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Colour – a matter of perception

Dr Muiris Houston writes about the challenge of being a colour-blind doctor and the meaning colours have in different cultures Does it matter if a doctor is colour-blind? I can think of a few situations where it might be a challenge. For instance, when your patient describes a tablet by its colour but with no…

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