Letters

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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Questions and answers in the surgery

Dear Editor,

Your front page (7 January 2016) describes Dr Amy Morgan as a ‘new GP voice’ and if her article ‘Falling into the Parent Trap’ is an indication of the standard of articles she will be writing, then I for one am looking forward to her having a long and productive career in medical journalism.

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