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Assessing the impact of Covid-19 on cancer care

Prof Louise Burke provides details of a new report examining the pandemic’s impact on cancer services and outlines the need to improve care for patients We need to strongly encourage people to come forward as soon as possible with any potential cancer symptoms and prioritise cancer service delivery, to ensure timely cancer diagnosis and treatment…

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Covid control: What next for healthcare staff?

The Covid-19 pandemic is far from over and the protection of healthcare workers will remain an issue of concern for some time to come. Catherine Reilly reports on continuing misgivings from some specialists about the control measures deployed in healthcare. The Dean of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, RCPI, Dr Robert Ryan, has confirmed to…

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UPMC Sports Medicine marks one year anniversary with new research insights and concussion management

Commercial Feature Since its opening in November 2020, the UPMC Sports Medicine Clinic at the WIT Arena has attracted many athletes of all levels. “At UPMC, we strive to offer advanced, comprehensive care for athletes and active people,” said Mr Patrick Carton, MD, FRCS (Tr and Orth), FFSEM, director of orthopaedic sports medicine for UPMC…

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Clinical challenges in cancer genetics and genomics

Dr Terri McVeigh provides an overview of developments in genomic medicine as they relate to cancer Genomic medicine is one of the most rapidly advancing fields of medicine; so much so that it is permeating into almost all other specialties at pace, particularly in those involved in cancer care. Genomics refers to the study of…

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Improvement in succession planning following CAAC concerns

There is recent evidence of more coordination between planned retirements and approval of replacement posts, according to the Chair of the consultant applications advisory committee (CAAC), Prof Áine Carroll. The CAAC contacted the HSE’s National Director of Human Resources (HR) Ms Anne Marie Hoey last year on the issue, according to the committee’s 2020 annual…

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A turning point for Sláintecare?

With debates about the future of Sláintecare sparked by recent resignations, David Lynch asks doctors what they think the next steps should be for the health strategy. Since its publication in 2017, the Sláintecare healthcare strategy has probably never had more media and political attention. The wide-ranging 10-year plan to achieve a universal single-tier health…

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Untangling the consultant hiring process

In recent years there have been efforts at improving processes around consultant recruitment. As talks commence on a new contract, Paul Mulholland asks whether this work has eased any of the problems around filling vacant posts. Much of the focus concerning the recruitment of consultants into the health service has focused on remuneration. Medical representative…

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Menopause – The need to open up the conversation

Following extensive coverage of the menopause on RTÉ Radio 1’s Liveline programme in May, GPs are reporting anincrease in women seeking advice and support with symptoms, writes Niamh Cahill Menopause affects all women, but it is an issue often spoken about in hushed tones. This changed in May when Ms Sallyanne Brady, founder of The…

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How to practise self-compassion

In advance of an upcoming virtual masterclass on self-compassion and self-care – in partnership with RCPI – Co-Founder of the Rise Wellness Programme Mr Barry Lee reflects on how compassion for one’s self can benefit healthcare workers. We will start by acknowledging that the phrase “self-compassion” can sometimes be off-putting forsome people. Do you notice…

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Healthcare in the crossfire

Despite the attempts of the United Nations to better protect healthcare staff and patients, attacks on medical facilities in conflict zones are of increasing concern. Bette Browne reports Stop bombing hospitals. Stop bombing health workers. Stop bombing patients.” That was the plea to world leaders when the United Nations (UN) passed a resolution in 2016…

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