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The needs of non-Covid 19 patients cannot be forgotten

Some things are noticeable by their absence. During these early months of the Covid-19 pandemic, there has not been much talk about the chronic problems of emergency department overcrowding and waiting lists. These issues have been notoriously difficult for various Governments to solve. The inability of the previous Fine Gael majority Government to improve the…

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Lifting the painted veil

William Somerset Maugham was a great doctor-writer, who exposed humanity’s delusion and folly William Somerset Maugham is sometimes dismissed as middlebrow, but he was a writer of the first rank and The Painted Veil, his novel set during the cholera epidemic in China, has extra resonance during these times. The Harvard historian Jill Lepore’s essay…

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Life’s many ports of call

I learned valuable lessons for self-isolation during the trip of a lifetime In recent weeks, a long-distance sailing trip I took with my parents came to mind as a result of the challenges we now face. In 1995, my mum and dad retired. They were 50 and 54 respectively, positively ancient by my reckoning at…

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Vital to stop spread of Covid-19 in the residential care sector

ne of the most worrying trends in the spread of Covid-19 in Ireland has been the outbreak of infections in nursing homes and other residential care settings. Given that older people are more at risk of serious infection and death from the virus, the presence of Covid-19 in nursing homes can be particularly devastating. As…

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A callous concept for Covid-19 control

The promotion of herd immunity is ageist and borders on euthanasia The coronavirus pandemic keeps throwing up unusual reactions. The most politically extreme have, of course, emerged from the US and the UK. One or two are clearly ageist and even border on the promotion of euthanasia. A press briefing by the UK Chief Scientific…

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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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The end of the beginning in the fightback against the pandemic

The battle containing Covid-19 has begun, and we will fight on because we can’t do otherwise Shortly after Allied troops had taken the beaches of Normandy, Winston Churchill declared: “This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning”. And so too…

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Medico-legal dilemmas associated with Covid-19

Dr Rob Hendry, Medical Director at the Medical Protection Society, advises on some medico-legal dilemmas faced by healthcare professionals managing Covid-19 in Ireland Question 1 I am having to do increasingly more remote consultations – is there any advice and how does this affect my indemnity? We understand that in the current situation doctors may…

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When ‘real’ life rivals fiction

Speaking recently to the New York Times, Ms Sandra Zampa, Under Secretary of Italy’s Health Ministry, said when Covid-19 first spread in China, Italians followed events as they would do a science fiction movie. Not much later, when the novel coronavirus came to its shores and ravaged Northern Italy, she said Europe “looked at us in…

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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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