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Will the pandemic result in a better resourced health service?

There is no part of the health service that has not been affected, either directly or indirectly, by Covid-19. In this issue of the Medical Independent, we take a look at how cancer services have managed over the past year. As with other clinical areas, oncology has suffered from a chronic lack of investment. This…

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Urgent questions about the devastation Covid-19 has caused in nursing homes

In January alone, 369 nursing home residents died as a result of Covid-19. This brought the overall number of Covid-19-related deaths in the sector to 1,543 people. Despite the introduction of the vaccination programme to nursing homes, this figure will continue to rise over the short-term at least.Speaking before the Joint Oireachtas health committee on…

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Hope in a dark time

It is hard to be positive. January is never the easiest month at the best of times. And these are not the best of times. A year since Covid-19 first emerged we are still in the midst of a global pandemic unprecedented in recent memory. Ireland’s rates of infection, which were relatively low by international…

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Who will be left behind in the new age of telemedicine?

At the end of last year, the Medical Protection Society (MPS) issued the results of a survey on the subject of doctors’ attitudes to telemedicine.According to the survey, many medical professionals are worried that if there is an expectation for more appointments to be delivered remotely after Covid-19, some vulnerable patient groups may get left…

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Thinking globally about Covid-19

As a dark year draws to a close, there is at least some solace that the future promises to be brighter with the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccination programmes. The development of these vaccines for a new disease in so short a time is an historic achievement. It shows the progress that is possible when there…

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Covid-19 is not the only strain on general practice

The pressure Covid-19 is placing on general practice is the subject of two features in this issue of the Medical Independent. In our main feature, Niamh Cahill charts how the pandemic has affected general practice since Covid-19 first hit our shores. GPs had to change their ways of working almost overnight and their efforts were…

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Light at the end of the tunnel for consultant agreement?

The IHCA AGM and annual conference 2020 was full of familiar themes: Restoring pay parity for ‘new-entrant’ consultants; the health service’s deficits in staff and capacity; and physician burnout. But there is little that is familiar in this era of lockdowns and physical distancing. You had to look no further than the format in which…

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Will the Government regret not following NPHET’s advice?

The unified front the country presented in the initial surge of Covid-19 appears now to be well and truly over with a serious division having emerged between the Government and the national public health emergency team (NPHET) over the path to follow to curb the spread of the virus. Perhaps this unity was only ever…

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A Winter Plan like no other

When the HSE’s Winter Plan 2019/20 was published, our editorial at the time asked if the name was appropriate anymore. Was it, in management speak, ‘fit for purpose’? Although these plans acknowledge the additional pressure on health services during the winter months, most of the initiatives they contain could apply any time throughout the year…

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Another blow to public health doctors

Just as ‘spin’ was synonymous with the Tony Blair-led New Labour administration of the late 1990s/early 2000s, ‘optics’ became associated with the former Taoiseach, and now Tánaiste, Leo Varadkar and his Government. Both are pejorative and shorthand for a politics valuing style over substance. While it might be superficial, there is sometimes value in judging…

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