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Providing a nationwide palliative medicines information service

Ms Eimear O’Dwyer, Chief Pharmacist, Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services, outlines the importance of providing an information service dedicated to patients’ palliative care needs Based at Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services (OLH&CS) in Dublin, the Palliative Medicines Information service (Palliative Meds Info) is a free information and advice service on medicines in palliative…

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Meeting raises awareness of mental health issues

Ms Brid O’Meara,Director of Services, Aware, provides an overview of a recent conference on the future of depression and biopolar disorder On Saturday, 12 October 2019, Aware held its inaugural conference in O’Reilly Hall, University College Dublin, catering for over 700 people. Titled ‘The future of depression and bipolar disorder’, the conference was aimed at…

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Assisting doctors in financial distress

The Royal Medical Benevolent Fund Society of Ireland has a long history of assisting doctors in financial distress due to ill-health and is keen on attracting more volunteers to its committee. Catherine Reilly reports Approximately 20 doctors or family members of doctors are being assisted by the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund Society of Ireland, which…

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Reaching the e-health promised land

There is broad consensus about the need for significant e-health improvement in the Irish health system as we begin 2020. However, with slow progress in the area, David Lynch surveys the current situation uring a debate on the need for a national electronic patient record at last year’s IMO AGM, NCHD committee Chair Dr Paddy…

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In the army now

Captain Lisa McNamee, military medicine trainee, provides an overview of the military medicine training scheme and describes the benefits of being a doctor with the Defence Forces The most common question that I get asked about the military medicine scheme as a third year trainee is still ‘What is it?’ or ‘What does it actually…

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The health effects of immigration policy in the US

US doctors are concerned about fatalities among migrant children in detention centres and are demanding action by the government. Bette Browne reports The flu-related deaths of at least three migrant children in US detention centres is heightening alarm among a growing number of doctors, some of whom want the centres closed down and replaced with…

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The private activity debate

A meeting was held in Dublin in December on the ramifications of withdrawing private activity from public hospitals. Paul Mulholland outlines the varied views of the speakers Shortly before the Government announcement at the end of last year on the introduction of Sláintecare consultant contracts, the Society of Actuaries in Ireland hosted a healthcare forum on…

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Combatting FGM in Ireland

Sandra Ryan reports on a recent conference, which highlighted the need to raise awareness of female genital mutilation AkiDwA, Ireland’s network for migrant women, held a conference in Dublin recently to raise awareness of female genital mutilation (FGM) as a serious issue for girls living in Ireland and to discuss the most effective strategies for…

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The Brexit build up

With Brexit due to take place at the end of this month, recent minutes from the HSE’s audit and risk committee show how much preparation the Executive is involved in. David Lynch reports Some €12 million had been spent by last September on stockpiling of medical devices and medicine in preparation for Brexit. That is…

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Valproate: ‘Who knew what and when?’

In May 2018 the Oireachtas Health Committee recommended an inquiry into prescription of valproate medicines in Ireland and prompt roll-out of supports for families affected by foetal anticonvulsant syndrome. But these recommendations have not yet been acted upon. Catherine Reilly reports The Department of Health is “closely monitoring” a UK independent safety review into the…

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