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ICGP Annual Conference and AGM 2019, Dublin

ICGP Annual Conference and AGM 2019, Dublin By sa | May 15, 2019 ShareTweetShareWhatsAppEmail0 Shares ‘Confused’ guidance on folic acid, GPs told By Catherine Reilly | May 15, 2019 Women face “a lot of barriers” in accessing folic acid and receive “confused” public health messages, thereby increasing the risks of neural tube defects (NTDs) in…

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‘Confused’ guidance on folic acid, GPs told

Women face “a lot of barriers” in accessing folic acid and receive “confused” public health messages, thereby increasing the risks of neural tube defects (NTDs) in their children, according to a presentation at the ICGP annual conference in Dublin. Dr Sinéad Howley, GP and Co-ordinator of Folic Acid Awareness Campaign Ireland, noted there was no…

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ICGP ‘operating on a very tight margin’, hears AGM

The ICGP reported a surplus in 2018 but is “operating on a very tight margin”, according to the report of Honorary Treasurer Dr John Farrell to the College’s AGM in Dublin. “I can report that the College recorded a surplus of €268,000,” Dr Farrell informed delegates. “The College, as with all companies, must generate a…

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ICGP board to commission abortion report

The ICGP’s AGM has voted in favour of the College board commissioning a report into how the ICGP “dealt with” issues raised by members regarding the Eighth Amendment referendum and subsequent legislation. This report should include how ICGP members’ concerns were ascertained in advance of representations to Oireachtas groups, including the Joint Oireachtas Committee on…

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Methadone treatment deficits ‘biggest disgrace in general practice’

Many people in Ireland requiring methadone treatment travel to Dublin and “become homeless” in order to access services because of local unavailability, a leading inner-city GP has said. Delivering the Gertrude Ronan Foundation Lecture at the ICGP annual conference in Dublin, Dr Austin O’Carroll said “we’ve all seen this working in this area in Dublin;…

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Major criticism of Saudi partnership at ICGP conference

Significant opposition to the ICGP’s training partnership with a Saudi state body was voiced at the College’s AGM in Dublin on 4 May due to the country’s atrocious human rights record. The meeting agreed to a proposal from the Wicklow Faculty that members be given an opportunity to debate “the ethics” of continuing the relationship…

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The problem with Angola

In his time as Minister for Health, the former Taoiseach Brian Cowen once famously referred to the Department of Health as ‘Angola’. This was due to the number of political landmines that were ready to explode in the face of unsuspecting Ministers. The quip is regularly trotted-out by political reporters on the appointment of a…

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Driving a research agenda at UCC

Niamh Cahill speaks to Prof Helen Whelton, Head of the School of Medicine and Health at University College Cork (UCC), about her passion for research and plans to increase clinical research in Ireland to improve patient outcomes Great advances have been made in boosting clinical research activity in Ireland in recent times, but there is…

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