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  • Editorial

    Capacity for change?

    Paul Mulholland | 05 Jul 2018

    What do we mean when we say ‘capacity’ in the healthcare system? The obvious aspect that comes to mind is built infrastructure, that is to say, hospitals and beds. But this is only part of the answer. Hospitals without people to work in them would not be hospitals. Though such a statement may seem facetious, it is at the heart of the problem that the group charged with advising on capacity in the Irish healthcare system had with their terms of reference.

  • George Winter

    Homelessness and imprisonment

    George Winter | 05 Jul 2018

    While data is important to understand and solve social problems, critical faculties sharpened by the humanities can also help, argues George Winter

  • Dr Pat Harrold

    In praise of the remarkable

    Dr Pat Harrold | 05 Jul 2018

    Dr Pat Harrold singles out the work of some of the exceptional doctors he has known and praises the impact they have had on other doctors and their patients

  • Dr Paul Heslin

    The dogma of simplified world views

    Dr Paul Heslin | 05 Jul 2018

    Dr Paul Heslin feels the complex decisions doctors face are not reflected by many commentators in their rush for instant judgements

  • From previous issues
  • Editorial

    Co-operation a must in CervicalCheck inquiry

    Paul Mulholland | 21 Jun 2018

    The Irish health system is not very good with deadlines. Reports are rarely published on time. Policy decisions have a habit of being pushed back. So the announcement that the scoping inquiry into CervicalCheck will not be completed at the end of June as promised comes as no real surprise. The time-frame of one month and a half to complete its work looked tight from the beginning.

  • Dr Lucia Gannon

    The search for answers in cervical cancer screening

    Dr Lucia Gannon | 21 Jun 2018

    The real issues at stake in the CervicalCheck controversy have not yet been addressed, argues Dr Lucia Gannon

  • Dr Christine O'Malley

    The true cost of political decisions

    Dr Christine O'Malley | 21 Jun 2018

    The veil of ‘commercially-sensitive information’ means there are some things we may never know, writes Dr Christine O’Malley

  • Editorial

    Moving on from the Eighth

    Paul Mulholland | 07 Jun 2018

    The decision by the majority of Irish voters to remove the Eighth Amendment from the Constitution and liberalise abortion law in Ireland has seismic consequences.

  • George Winter

    The ugly side of athletics

    George Winter | 07 Jun 2018

    George Winter argues that proposed regulations on hyperandrogenism are blatantly discriminatory

  • Guest Columnist

    Mindfulness and being useful rather than right

    Prof Brendan Kelly | 07 Jun 2018

    Although mindfulness is a valuable and important psychological technique, it is only one element of a rich Buddhist tradition, writes Prof Brendan Kelly

  • Guest Columnist

    In search of lost time

    Dr Paddy Barrett | 07 Jun 2018

    The treatment of pain and the reduction of suffering are key pillars of what we aim to achieve as physicians, writes Dr Paddy Barrett

  • Editorial

    A hot topic in healthcare

    Paul Mulholland | 28 May 2018

    At recent clinical conferences, tucked in among presentations on the latest innovative research and guides to best practice, a topic was discussed that did not require the usual data-rich tables. The lack of complicated charts or graphs to underscore the message, however, does not imply unimportance.

  • Dr Christine O'Malley

    Getting to the bottom of the smear campaign

    Dr Christine O'Malley | 28 May 2018

    Dr Christine O’Malley takes a look back at the decision to outsource cervical smears to the US and finds many questions to be answered

  • Dr Paul Heslin

    A crash-course in calm

    Dr Paul Heslin | 28 May 2018

    Following a minor road traffic accident, Dr Paul Heslin reflects on the importance of staying in the here-and-now

  • Guest Columnist

    Long-term thinking

    Dr Brian Turner | 28 May 2018

    Sláintecare offers a positive roadmap for the health service but requires sufficient funding to succeed, writes Brian Turner

  • Editorial

    A controversy that shows no sign of going away

    Paul Mulholland | 17 May 2018

    Two issues ago, on this page, the topic of cancer screening was raised. Since then, the news pages have been filled with the fallout of the CervicalCheck controversy. The scandal has caused enormous distress to the women involved and has resulted in the Clinical Director of the programme and the Director General of the HSE losing their jobs.

  • George Winter

    Morality during war-time

    George Winter | 17 May 2018

    Human rights should take precedence over national sovereignty, writes George Winter

  • Dr Lucia Gannon

    A new kind of ‘rural’ practice

    Dr Lucia Gannon | 17 May 2018

    Dr Lucia Gannon considers an emerging challenge for rural general practice from different perspectives

  • Dr Pat Harrold

    More than a gate-keeper

    Dr Pat Harrold | 17 May 2018

    Dr Pat Harrold believes consultants could take lessons from GPs on how to talk to patients

  • Dr Paul Heslin

    The sordid truth

    Dr Paul Heslin | 07 May 2018

    Life is often messy, despite our attempts to sanitise reality, writes Dr Paul Heslin

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