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A looming catastrophe for healthcare in Afghanistan

The horrors witnessed during the US and allied withdrawal from Afghanistan shocked the world and now the country’shealthcare system is at risk of collapse. Bette Browne reports Unless the world responds with humanitarian aid to the Afghanistan crisis, more than 14 million Afghans – one-third of the population – could face starvation, according to experts.…

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Improvement in succession planning following CAAC concerns

There is recent evidence of more coordination between planned retirements and approval of replacement posts, according to the Chair of the consultant applications advisory committee (CAAC), Prof Áine Carroll. The CAAC contacted the HSE’s National Director of Human Resources (HR) Ms Anne Marie Hoey last year on the issue, according to the committee’s 2020 annual…

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A turning point for Sláintecare?

With debates about the future of Sláintecare sparked by recent resignations, David Lynch asks doctors what they think the next steps should be for the health strategy. Since its publication in 2017, the Sláintecare healthcare strategy has probably never had more media and political attention. The wide-ranging 10-year plan to achieve a universal single-tier health…

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A ‘health-led’ approach to drug use

David Lynch examines a new document that reviews evidence in relation to drug trends and health responses applicable to the night-time economy Drug-checking enables health professionals to engage with hard-to-reach populations, according to a recent report from the HSE National Social Inclusion Office. The Report of the Emerging Drug Trends and Drug Checking Working Group…

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Untangling the consultant hiring process

In recent years there have been efforts at improving processes around consultant recruitment. As talks commence on a new contract, Paul Mulholland asks whether this work has eased any of the problems around filling vacant posts. Much of the focus concerning the recruitment of consultants into the health service has focused on remuneration. Medical representative…

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RCPI annual conference puts focus on global vaccination

Director of Education and Academic Programmes, RCPI, Dr Sinéad Murphy, outlines what attendees can expect from the College’s upcoming St Luke’s Symposium We are delighted to announce details on the 2021 St Luke’s Symposium – the RCPI’s annual conference, whichtakes place on 14 and 15 October next. The theme for this year’s Symposium is global…

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Is the tide turning against anti-vaxxers in the US?

In the US, a growing number of people are blaming the stubborn rise of Covid-19 on the politicisation of the pandemic and are turning their ire on political leaders and the anti-vaccination movement. Bette Browne reports The US was averaging approximately 1,000 Covid deaths a day and more than 150,000 new cases over the summer,…

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Croom the centre of Department and HSE exchange on public/private mix

Correspondence relating to Croom Orthopaedic Hospital offers an insight into the views of the HSE and Departmentof Health on the monitoring of private activity. Paul Mulholland reports Last year, as part of its function in monitoring elective care performance, the Department of Health’s scheduled and unscheduled care performance unit commenced a review of activity levels…

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Under the microscope: Irish pharma’s engagement with doctors

It has been five years since the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association launched its transfer of value register, which publishes payments to healthcare professionals and organisations by pharmaceutical companies. Catherine Reilly reports on its impact to date and how doctors view the influence of industry In 2020, pharmaceutical companies provided direct and indirect financial support of…

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Menopause – The need to open up the conversation

Following extensive coverage of the menopause on RTÉ Radio 1’s Liveline programme in May, GPs are reporting anincrease in women seeking advice and support with symptoms, writes Niamh Cahill Menopause affects all women, but it is an issue often spoken about in hushed tones. This changed in May when Ms Sallyanne Brady, founder of The…

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