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The madcap in medical research

By Dr Muiris Houston | Jan 21, 2020 |
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From MRIs of sexual intercourse, to which specialties are more likely to receive speeding tickets, the BMJ Christmas issues have…

A wish for the next decade

By Dr Lucia Gannon | Jan 21, 2020 |
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It is time for the discrimination against young people with mental illness to end For last year’s words belong to…

Waiting for IT — progress in digitising the health service has been beset with delays

By Paul Mulholland | Jan 21, 2020 |
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Mary Harney remarkably did not use a computer during her time as Minister for Health. Yet her tenure marked the…

On Clive James, ibrutinib, and the NHS

By Paul Mulholland | Jan 6, 2020 |
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“One of the virtues of the NHS is that it doesn’t worry you about money at the moment when you’re…

A Christmas visitation

By Dr Pat Harrold | Dec 17, 2019 |

A doctor never forgets their ‘long case’ “You had better go before the roads get too bad. It’s a dirty…

Reading recommendations for doctors

By Dr Muiris Houston | Dec 17, 2019 |

Here is a selection of books medics might enjoy over the holiday season hristmas is coming, and I’m sure many…

The costs of healthcare reform

By Paul Mulholland | Dec 4, 2019 |
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In the previous issue of the Medical Independent (MI), we revealed how the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER)…

The Stark reality of winter plans — fact can be more harsh than fiction

By Paul Mulholland | Nov 22, 2019 |
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f the HSE is ever in need of a new slogan, it could do worse than use one of the…

Better Late Late than never

By Paul Mulholland | Nov 14, 2019 |
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The outpouring of tributes on the death of Gay Byrne was to be expected, given the pivotal role he played…

The case for reforming public health medicine

By Paul Mulholland | Nov 1, 2019 |
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The subject of our previous editorial was the slow pace of healthcare negotiations, with consultants being the main focus. It…

Talks about talks — the need to consult the consultants

By Paul Mulholland | Oct 22, 2019 |
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Healthcare negotiations can often be a slow, laborious, affair. The consultant contract 2008 took over a decade of talks before…

Environmentalism is a cry from the soul

By George Winter | Oct 22, 2019 |
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Public services, such as healthcare, should understand the impact they have on the environment In May 1982, after Argentina had…

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