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A simmering battle on abortion rights

The US Supreme Court is deciding on the constitutionality of abortion restrictions in the state of Louisiana, which proponents say will ensure the safety of women’s health but which abortion rights advocates argue could negate the 1973 ruling legalising abortion in the country. Bette Browne reports America is facing a crucial challenge to abortion rights…

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Irish research holds the key to improving alpha-1 awareness

Sandra Ryan outlines new and emerging research presented at the 2019 Alpha-1 Conference held in Dublin recently Dublin’s Marino Institute of Education welcomed attendees to the 2019 Alpha-1 Conference on 25 October, where one of the main focuses was the growing need to improve public awareness of alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (AATD), the only readily identified…

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Behind the lines of the ethical guide

The enactment of new legislation on termination of pregnancy required the Medical Council to update its ethical guide. Catherine Reilly examines Council documents that describe this complex process  Medical Council ethics working group considered deleting the paragraph on termination of pregnancy from the ethical guide for doctors, according to a consultation synopsis document obtained by…

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Acting locally, impacting globally

Irish doctors have a long history of working in the developing world. A new initiative seeks to co-ordinate the Irish health service’s work in the area. David Lynch reports There is a long tradition of Irish doctors and other healthcare professionals working in developing countries around the world.  Building on that history, last year the…

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Bridging eye clinics with community services

The National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) aims to have an eye clinic liaison officer (ECLO) embedded across all Irish hospital eye clinics by the end of 2021, with the goal of providing early intervention and support at time of diagnosis. Mr Aaron Mullaniff provides an overview of the initiative The new eye…

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Redundancy reckoning

The issue of redundancy payments for staff in single-handed rural GP practices is becoming a big concern. David Lynch reports  “People are being left to hang out to dry on this one.” This is the warning from the Chair of the National Association of GP Co-operatives Dr Ken Egan in relation to the significant liabilities…

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Is activity-based funding still active?

Activity-based funding was intended to create a stronger link between the resourcing of hospitals and their activity levels. However, the implementation of this new funding model has been slow. Paul Mulholland investigates The financial problems in the HSE have been well charted, with a significant deficit expected at the end of the year. As a…

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A financial overview of the private nursing home sector

The arrival of large institutional investors with a long-term investment horizon has contributed to the older person care sector in Ireland The ownership and capital funding structures within the older person care sector in Ireland have changed dramatically in the last decade. In 2009, there were 447 private and voluntary nursing homes providing a total…

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Breathing new life into respiratory care in Ireland

‘A History of the Irish Thoracic Society’ was recently published. This is an extract from the publication,charting the rise of its forerunner, the Irish Tuberculosis Society The direct lineage of the Irish Thoracic Society goes back as far as the mid-1940s with the foundation of the Irish Tuberculosis Society (ITS). That clearly supports the claim…

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Intern post deficit challenges Irish medicine

The recent delisting of four Irish medical schools by Singaporean authorities for the purposes of basic medical registration has underscored the competitiveness of global medical education and the vulnerabilities associated with a deficit of intern places for non-EEA graduates in Ireland In recent months, the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) removed four Irish medical schools from…

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