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Cancer services and the other big ‘C’

Cancer services have been profoundly affected by the emergence of Covid-19. Paul Mulholland charts the response of services to the pandemic and examines how longstanding issues around staffing and drug reimbursement have complicated the picture Early in the Covid-19 pandemic, the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) led a coordinated response on behalf of the cancer…

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General practice takes to the task with gusto

After weeks of preparation and a last-minute change of plan, general practice has finally begun administering Covid-19 vaccinations in the community. Niamh Cahill reports There is widespread relief about the prospect of beginning to walk the ‘yellow brick road’ out of what feels like an unending lockdown purgatory.But will we ever get back to Kansas?…

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History made as Ireland Chapter of Association of Pakistani Physicians and Surgeons is launched

Catherine Reilly reports on the official launch of a new association for Pakistani healthcare professionals and scientists in Ireland An historic moment in the story of Ireland’s Pakistani medical community was marked on 6 February with the virtual launch of the national chapter of the Association of Pakistani Physicians and Surgeons (APPS) Europe. The Ireland…

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A new dawn for elective care?

Details of a plan for three new elective-only hospitals were revealed during the recent RCSI Charter Week, writes David Lynch Three new dedicated ambulatory, elective-only hospital facilities will have 10 specialties represented and work six days a week for 50 weeks of the year, the annual conference of the National Clinical Programme in Surgery (NCPS)…

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The missing links in healthcare worker protection

In mitigating the occupational threat of Covid-19 in Irish healthcare, is the HSE behind the curve in integrating the expertise of occupational hygiene and other applied sciences? Catherine Reilly reports “In general terms the medical profession – other than those who are occupational health physicians – do not understand the discipline of occupational hygiene,” a…

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Co-ops under more pressure than ever due to Covid-19

GP out-of-hours services have been beset by numerous additional challenges since the emergence of Covid-19. Niamh Cahill reports on how the pandemic has impacted on the activity levels and financial models of co-ops Like the rest of the health service, GP out-of-hours (OOH) services remain vulnerable to the devastating effects of Covid-19. Since September, services…

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Lessons from the pandemic

GP and academic Prof Liam Glynn recently addressed the National Health Summit on the public health response to Covid-19. He talks to David Lynch about what we have learned so far in the pandemic Working in academia as well as on the frontline of general practice during the pandemic provides Prof Liam Glynn, Professor of…

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Health and wellbeing in the midst of a pandemic

Director of Health and Wellbeing, RCPI and Professor of Rheumatology at Trinity College Dublin and St James’s Hospital, Prof Gaye Cunnane outlines why physician wellbeing is such an important issue during the Covid-19 crisis It is more than a year since we first heard about a new virus that unleashed itself on the world, leaving…

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Psychiatry’s pandemic challenge

Mental health services are crucial in the pandemic and are facing a uniquely difficult period. David Lynch reports In October 2020, a survey by the World Health Organisation (WHO) found that the Covid-19 pandemic had “disrupted or halted” critical mental health services in 93 per cent of countries. The WHO warned that the demand for…

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The worldwide health crises obscured by Covid-19

Global humanitarian health crises are surging amid the Covid-19 pandemic, writes Bette Browne The world is seeing an unprecedented surge in humanitarian health crises exacerbated by the novel coronavirus. Some 235 million people are now in need of medical help, the annual death toll from HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria is set to double and…

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