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  • Dr Pat Harrold

    Optimism, pessimism and realism for 2019

    Dr Pat Harrold | 10 Jan 2019

    Dr Pat Harrold notes down his hopes and fears for the year ahead

  • Dr Christine O'Malley

    New beginnings or the same old problems?

    Dr Christine O'Malley | 10 Jan 2019

    Dr Christine O’Malley comes up with some wishes for the next 12 months

  • Editorial

    Financial pressure in uncertain times

    Paul Mulholland | 10 Jan 2019

    As usual, the HSE published its service plan just when most people were turning their attention away from the news towards the reprieve of the Christmas period. Although the completion of the plan has to abide by certain timelines, it is almost as if the Executive doesn’t want a detailed and forensic examination of its annual mission statement.

  • Guest Columnist

    Exposing dogma and eviscerating humbug

    Prof Seamus O'Mahony | 10 Jan 2019

    Prof Seamus O’Mahony writes about the important legacy of Prof Petr Skrabanek

  • From previous issues
  • Editorial

    A turning point for society?

    Paul Mulholland | 20 Dec 2018

    In a year dominated by women’s health issues, it is fitting that this last Medical Independent of 2018 contains an interview with the first female Chair of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Dr Cliona Murphy speaks about the central role doctors played in the referendum campaign to repeal the Eighth Amendment and her own decision to advocate for a ‘yes’ vote. She said many medical professionals felt it was their duty to give a voice to “those women who would not be strong enough to stand up and give their personal stories”.

  • Dr Lucia Gannon

    Embracing the spirit of Christmas

    Dr Lucia Gannon | 20 Dec 2018

    Being kind to yourself and others is a hallmark of the Christmas period, writes Dr Lucia Gannon

  • Dr Muiris Houston

    The most wonderful time of the year (until you get sick and tired of the music)

    Dr Muiris Houston | 20 Dec 2018

    Dr Muiris Houston reflects on some of the conventions and oddities of the holiday season

  • Guest Columnist

    Mumbai, mental health legislation and a considerable number of cows

    Prof Brendan Kelly | 20 Dec 2018

    Prof Brendan Kelly gives an account of his recent trip to India and the mental health reforms taking place in the country

  • Dr Pat Harrold

    Life pours its ordinary plenty during Advent

    Dr Pat Harrold | 06 Dec 2018

    Dr Pat Harrold reflects on the modest and quiet pleasures of an unheralded time of the year

  • George Winter

    Eating meat – what’s the wurst that can happen?

    George Winter | 06 Dec 2018

    George Winter looks at the evidence linking the consumption of red meat and processed foods to a range of health conditions

  • Guest Columnist

    A tale of a divided city

    Dr Sarah Fitzgibbon | 06 Dec 2018

    The health requirements of people in deprived communities need to be addressed as a matter of urgency, writes Dr Sarah Fitzgibbon

  • Editorial

    The subjective nature of experience

    Paul Mulholland | 06 Dec 2018

    HIQA recently published the results of the second National Patient Experience Survey, the largest survey of its kind in Ireland. According to the survey, the majority of patients (84 per cent) said they had a ‘good’ or a ‘very good’ overall experience in hospital in May 2018. Although there were negative findings — for instance, 40 per cent of respondents said they did not have enough time to discuss their care and treatment with a doctor, while 34 per cent said that they were not adequately informed about ‘danger signals’ to watch out for when they went home — the survey results, in general, paint a more positive picture of the health service than is usually portrayed in the media.

  • Editorial

    The ‘bloodless realm’ of official speech

    Paul Mulholland | 26 Nov 2018

    The recent revelations of structural problems in school buildings bring to mind one of the best Irish novels of modern times, Mike McCormack’s Solar Bones. Near the end of the novel, the lead character, Marcus Conway, a civil engineer with the local council, refuses to sign-off on the construction of a new school due to concerns about the foundations. This brings Marcus into conflict with a local councillor and the building contractor, who end up circumventing him and building the school anyway. The parallel between the real-world developments and the story is a testament to McCormack’s insight, almost literally, into the building blocks of Irish society.

  • Dr Muiris Houston

    Varadkar plays blame game but ignores recruitment issues

    Dr Muiris Houston | 26 Nov 2018

    Doctors and nurses taking holidays are not to blame for emergency department overcrowding, despite what the Taoiseach has suggested, according to Dr Muiris Houston

  • Dr Christine O'Malley

    The time for restraint is now over

    Dr Christine O'Malley | 26 Nov 2018

    Dr Christine O’Malley finds it hard to keep her cool in the face of the latest healthcare controversies

  • Dr Paul Heslin

    Let’s hear it for the whingers

    Dr Paul Heslin | 26 Nov 2018

    Dr Paul Heslin feels that more people need to complain in order for things to change

  • Dr Muiris Houston

    Equating pilots and doctors can fly in the face of common sense

    Dr Muiris Houston | 19 Nov 2018

    While there are lessons that medicine can learn from aviation, there are also significant differences between the disciplines, writes Dr Muiris Houston

  • Editorial

    No happy New Year wishes from Taoiseach

    Paul Mulholland | 15 Nov 2018

    Remember January 2015? That month, the annual emergency department (ED) crisis hit hospitals harder than usual. The number of patients on trolleys in hospitals across Ireland reached a record number of 601 on 6 January (an unwanted record that has since been broken). Patients and healthcare staff looked to the HSE and the Minister for Health for a solution to the crisis. But the Minister at the time, Leo Varadkar, was nowhere to be found. Mr Varadkar had escaped the harshness of the Irish winter and was on a sun holiday in Miami.

  • Dr Lucia Gannon

    A bridge too far

    Dr Lucia Gannon | 15 Nov 2018

    Dr Lucia Gannon argues that the structural integrity of general practice has been irreparably compromised by deliberately destructive Government policies

  • George Winter

    More than an endurance test

    George Winter | 15 Nov 2018

    Running is a great way of keeping fit, but George Winter asks whether marathons are for everyone and if there could be adverse health consequences for ageing athletes

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