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When GPs are United?

With the planned extension of free GP care, pressure in out-of-hours services and big changes in GP politics, David Lynch takes a look at the state of play in primary care “I think the NAGP [National Association of General Practitioners] is dead, and I don’t see how it can be resurrected.” That is according to…

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Regulator gets prescriptive on meds misuse

A recent statement from the Medical Council warned doctors of possible sanction if they over-prescribed certain medications. Catherine Reilly reports Last month, the Medical Council issued a press statement warning doctors to “reduce over-prescribing of benzodiazepines, z-drugs and pregabalin or face potential investigation”. The Council statement did not specify a rise in complaints around prescribing…

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The writer will see you now

In recent years an increasing number of doctors have published medical memoirs and non-fiction books. David Lynch charts this phenomenon in interviews with national and international writers You may have noticed the ‘medical memoir’ sections have recently sprung-up in bookstores across the country. While there have always been doctors who were also writers, over the…

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The battle against climate change

The effects of climate change on health are many and require urgent action A medical student recently asked me why we in public health medicine consider climate change to be a public health matter. Chances are that other people wonder about this too. The answer is that many of the factors which affect health lie…

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The beginning of the end for vaping?

US health agencies are investigating a number of suspected vaping-related deaths and illnesses and have warned people to stop vaping until scientists learn more about the cause of the deaths. Bette Browne reports Concern is mounting among medical professionals in the United States (US) about a growing number of vaping-related deaths and lung injuries in…

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The stories that bind us

Paul Mulholland reports on this year’s dotMD conference, which largely focused on the value of storytelling Ask anyone who has attended the dotMD conference and most will tell you that it is perhaps the most unique event in the Irish medical conference calendar. Explaining this uniqueness in a couple of lines is not easy, but…

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The new regional divide

The proposed regional division of the health service is the biggest structural change in over a decade. Paul Mulholland examines a Department of Health document, which explains the reasons for the division and the challenges that lie ahead On 17 July it was announced that the health service would be divided into six regional health…

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EWTD: an elusive goal?

The excessive working hours faced by NCHDs has remained a major concern and continues to drive doctor emigration from Ireland.Catherine Reilly reports On Twitter recently, Medical Council President Dr Rita Doyle stated that the European Working Time Directive (EWTD) “should be enforced” and “overworking” NCHDs was illegal. “Interns and JHDs [junior hospital doctors] should be…

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What is the cost of ‘Medicare for All’?

The battle over healthcare is dividing Democrats and could stymie their bid to defeat President Trump in the 2020 presidential race, writes Bette Browne The battle for affordable US healthcare insurance has become a flashpoint in the 2020 presidential election, with Democratic candidates openly fighting among themselves about the issue in a bitter battle that…

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