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All in the Games – interview with Team Ireland’s CMO

Ahead of the Olympic Games, Emily Clarke Gifford spoke to Chief Medical Officer of Team Ireland, Dr James O’Donovan, about the preparation for the event and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic The Olympic Games in Tokyo was one of many major events delayed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Like Euro 2020, the…

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The right direction for cancer data

The newly appointed Director of the National Cancer Registry Ireland, Prof Deirdre Murray, spoke with Pat Kelly about taking the helm at the Registry in challenging times Prof Deirdre Murray has almost two decades of experience as a specialist in public health medicine, as well as long-standing expertise in managing large cancer datasets that are…

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Protecting public health through food safety controls

CEO of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland Dr Pamela Byrne talks to Catherine Reilly about the expansive role of the Authority and the growing and complex nature of food safety risks “We see food safety as primarily the protection of public health and that is something that is really critically important,” Dr Pamela Byrne…

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Covid-19 vaccination and the struggle for equity

Niamh Cahill speaks to GP and member of Access to Medicines Ireland Dr Kieran Harkin about why it is essential Covid-19 treatments and vaccines are made more accessible to developing countries When South Africans took to the streets in the 1990s calling for cheaper HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) drugs, Dr Kieran Harkin was struck by…

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A GP-pharmacist with a zeal for evidence

Niamh Cahill speaks to GP, pharmacist and entrepreneur Dr Paul Ryan about his passion for evidence-based treatment in primary care When Dr Paul Ryan made the decision to leave his full-time, pensionable job as a pharmacist at Cork University Hospital (CUH) to pursue a career in medicine, a long road lay ahead. It would be…

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Right-touch regulation

Credited as helping to improve the reputation of the Medical Council among doctors, GP Dr Rita Doyle is finishing her term as President. She spoke to Catherine Reilly about an eventful three years Dr Rita Doyle’s term as Medical Council President began at the height of the CervicalCheck controversy. It concludes amid a major cybersecurity…

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Cancer care without borders

An agreement was signed recently that aims to further progress cancer care and research on the island of Ireland, despite Brexit and Covid-19. CEO of Cancer Trials Ireland Ms Eibhlín Mulroe spoke with Pat Kelly about the implications of the deal The Ireland-Northern Ireland-US National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Consortium agreement was first signed in…

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Stepping inside The Ministry of Bodies

David Lynch speaks to Prof Seamus O’Mahony about his latest book, The Ministry of Bodies, the doctor-patient paradigm, and the contemplative life Shortly after his recent retirement as Consultant Gastroenterologist at Cork University Hospital, Prof Seamus O’Mahony published his third book, The Ministry of Bodies. It has received positive reviews, including in the Irish Independent,…

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GPs working together and moving forward in difficult times

Niamh Cahill speaks with new ICGP President Dr Margaret O’Riordan about how the pandemic has affected general practice and positive developments for the specialty that offer hope for the future “There isn’t a single GP in the country who isn’t tired right now. Every time you get over one hurdle there seems to be another…

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Diabetic Retinal Screening Programme looks to maintain progress, despite pandemic

Clinical Director of Diabetic RetinaScreen Prof David Keegan speaks to Niamh Cahill about the impact of Covid-19 on the service and reveals improvements made by the programme since its inception in 2013 It has been a tumultuous 12 months for healthcare services and staff. Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, progress is being achieved…

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