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When poverty meets pandemic

While the battle against Covid-19 has consumed much of the globe, it is far tougher and more complex in the developing world. Bette Browne recently spoke to Irish woman Dr Laura Heavey of Médecins Sans Frontières about the challenges involved If they do not even have food to eat — why would they have soap?”This chilling…

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The Finnish view on Nordic Covid-19 responses

Ulla Oksanen reports on Finland’s response to Covid-19 and how it differed from its near neighbour Sweden Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland) are often grouped together because of perceived similarities in their societies.But in regard to Covid-19, while Norway, Denmark and Finland took similar measures, Sweden received attention from the international media…

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RCSI to re-engage with DoH on physician associate role

Advocates for physician associates say their value has again been underlined during the Covid-19 crisis. Catherine Reilly reports RCSI will be re-engaging with the Department of Health to seek formal recognition of the physician associate (PA) role, the Medical Director of the College’s Physician Associate MSc Programme has told the Medical Independent (MI). Prof James…

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Increased calls to poisons centre

A sharp rise in calls about bleach, hand sanitiser and disinfectant products was observed at the National Poisons Information Centre (NPIC) during the early weeks of the Covid-19 crisis. There were 173 calls from March to May 2020 concerning these products, compared to 84 for the same period in 2019. Such calls would mostly have…

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Full cancer data collection impacted by pandemic restrictions

The National Cancer Registry Ireland (NCRI) is unable to undertake full cancer data collection due to Covid-19 restrictions, this newspaper has learned. “In line with Government roadmap recommendations, all NCRI employees are working remotely from home. Full data collection is not currently achievable due to restrictions in place to ensure Covid-19safety. This mainly relates to…

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Artificial intelligence to be considered in Coombe strategy

The Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital in Dublin will consider the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on services as part of its next long-term strategy. The impact of AI on healthcare was discussed at the January meeting of the Coombe’s board of guardians and directors, minutes of which were seen by the Medical Independent…

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Consultant recommended to accept offer in rest days dispute

A Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) adjudication officer has recommended that an emergency medicine consultant accept an offer from the HSE in relation to a dispute over rest days. The issue in dispute between the parties was the treatment of the consultant’s hours by the HSE and the calculation of his rest day entitlement. According to…

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Doctor burnout in a pandemic

Before the pandemic, physician burnout was on the rise in the Irish healthcare system. The emergence of Covid-19 has exacerbated the problem. Niamh Cahill examines recent research in the field and speaks to healthcare workers about their experiences In March, as Covid-19 spread across Europe, Ireland’s already overburdened health system was thrust into a state…

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Towards eradicating HCV

Pictured above: Prof Aiden McCormick, HSE National Hepatitis C Treatment Programme, with nurses Ms Jean Flanagan and Ms Caroline Tallon at the Summerhill Inclusion Health Hub in North Inner City Dublin to mark World Hepatitis Day (28 July). The Programme is highlighting the new advancements in treatment for hepatitis C and is encouraging people who think…

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Research goes viral: St James’s investigates the dynamics of Covid-19

Anna Wedderburn speaks to clinicians at St James’s Hospital, Dublin, who are engaged in medical and scientific research to better understand Covid-19 and the differing immunological responses to SARS-CoV-2 infection It is primarily the immune response of an individual that determines the outcome of SARS-CoV-2 infection. At St James’s Hospital, Dublin, there are a number…

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