Interviews

Mastering the art of listening

Former hostage and crisis negotiator Ms Cathy MacDonald talks to Clíona Hughes about how medical professionals can improve their communication skills and the presentation she delivered at the RCPI There are many things that run parallel between hostage and crisis negotiation and the medical world”, according to former hostage and crisis negotiator Ms Cathy MacDonald.…

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New homeless healthcare service fills gap in care

June Shannon talks to Safetynet’s Dr Angela Skuce about the recently established Step Up and Step Down Intermediate Care Centre, which is providing a vital health service for homeless people “They are all people who could be looked after at home, if they had a home.” This is how Dr Angela Skuce, Safetynet Primary Care…

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The need for a fairer approvals process for cancer drugs

Prof Bryan Hennessy, Clinical Lead, Cancer Trials Ireland, talks to Niamh Cahill about the frustrations among cancer clinicians regarding the drug approvals process and the challenges of conducting cancer trials in Ireland In January Minister for Health Simon Harris announced State reimbursement would be provided for the drug pembrolizumab (pembro) for all cervical cancer patients…

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How to implement the national strategy for cancer

Paul Mulholland speaks to Director of the National Cancer Control Programme Dr Jerome Coffey about the implementation of the national cancer strategy and the current state of cancer services It is 13 years since the publication of A Strategy for Cancer Control in Ireland. The cervical cancer screening controversy last year made it easy to…

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Heading into the future for ENT

A new model of care for head and neck surgery was recently launched. David Lynch speaks to Prof Michael Walsh, National Clinical Advisor for ENT, about what the model means for the specialty Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery: A Model of Care for Ireland was recently launched in the RCSI and the document points to…

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The views of a President

Paul Mulholland speaks to President of the RCPI Prof Mary Horgan about the links between undergraduate and postgraduate medical education, solutions to the doctor recruitment and retention crisis, and the future challenges facing the College

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