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From the Editor Action needed on non-training posts In the last issue (Medical Independent, 20 August) we published a letter by Dr Naveed Abbas honouring the memory of Dr Syed Waqqar Ali Shah, who sadly passed away due to Covid-19. The reaction to this piece has been overwhelming. Dr Abbas powerfully describes an unjust system…

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In memory of Dr Syed Waqqar Ali Shah

Dr Naveed AbbasSurgical Registrar,Midland RegionalHospital, Portlaoise Family is a wonderful thing. In Pakistani culture it refers to not just your parents and siblings, but also to nearly any close relatives that you have been happily or begrudgingly in touch with or know of. That concept may seem odd to most of the Western world where…

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A cunning PCRS plan?

Dear Editor,

Under their contract, GMS doctors are entitled to claim for annual leave, study leave and part-refund of medical indemnity premium from the HSE PCRS. The payment depends on panel size, a figure well known to the PCRS.

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A matter of ‘opinion’

Dear Editor,

I read with interest the comments of Prof Michael Barry on the front page of the Medical Independent (‘Barry criticises ‘paid opinion leaders’, 3 March 2016) and while I strongly agree with the principle of transparency and declaring conflicts of interest, I feel the reported comments could be misinterpreted as judgemental and intimidating of colleagues who give an honest professional opinion in their field of expertise.

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Medical vs legal learnings

Dear Editor,
I read with the interest the legal case ‘Alleged anticoagulation failure’ profiled in the Medical Independent in the 4 February edition . While clearly the case was successfully defended on the basis of adherence to the guidelines and therefore there was no negligence, the article may miss the broader medical issue that a person suffered a possibly preventable stroke resulting in loss of career (a very serious event)

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