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Acting locally, impacting globally

Irish doctors have a long history of working in the developing world. A new initiative seeks to co-ordinate the Irish health service’s work in the area. David Lynch reports There is a long tradition of Irish doctors and other healthcare professionals working in developing countries around the world.  Building on that history, last year the…

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Bridging eye clinics with community services

The National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) aims to have an eye clinic liaison officer (ECLO) embedded across all Irish hospital eye clinics by the end of 2021, with the goal of providing early intervention and support at time of diagnosis. Mr Aaron Mullaniff provides an overview of the initiative The new eye…

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Redundancy reckoning

The issue of redundancy payments for staff in single-handed rural GP practices is becoming a big concern. David Lynch reports  “People are being left to hang out to dry on this one.” This is the warning from the Chair of the National Association of GP Co-operatives Dr Ken Egan in relation to the significant liabilities…

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Is activity-based funding still active?

Activity-based funding was intended to create a stronger link between the resourcing of hospitals and their activity levels. However, the implementation of this new funding model has been slow. Paul Mulholland investigates The financial problems in the HSE have been well charted, with a significant deficit expected at the end of the year. As a…

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A financial overview of the private nursing home sector

The arrival of large institutional investors with a long-term investment horizon has contributed to the older person care sector in Ireland The ownership and capital funding structures within the older person care sector in Ireland have changed dramatically in the last decade. In 2009, there were 447 private and voluntary nursing homes providing a total…

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Breathing new life into respiratory care in Ireland

‘A History of the Irish Thoracic Society’ was recently published. This is an extract from the publication,charting the rise of its forerunner, the Irish Tuberculosis Society The direct lineage of the Irish Thoracic Society goes back as far as the mid-1940s with the foundation of the Irish Tuberculosis Society (ITS). That clearly supports the claim…

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Intern post deficit challenges Irish medicine

The recent delisting of four Irish medical schools by Singaporean authorities for the purposes of basic medical registration has underscored the competitiveness of global medical education and the vulnerabilities associated with a deficit of intern places for non-EEA graduates in Ireland In recent months, the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) removed four Irish medical schools from…

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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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