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‘Them and us’ and the parish-pump politicians

By Dr Pat Harrold | Feb 17, 2020 |
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The so-called urban/rural divide is nothing but fodder for populist politicians I am not sure if the term ‘Rural Ireland’…

An era-defining general election has put health at the top of the agenda

By Paul Mulholland | Feb 17, 2020 |
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As this editorial is being written the country is still shaking from the ramifications of the general election results, which…

The Sláintecare election

By Paul Mulholland | Feb 3, 2020 |
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Perhaps the defining moment of the Claire Byrne Live health debate on 20 January came at the end of the…

The joy of four

By Dr Muiris Houston | Feb 3, 2020 |
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With reported gains in productivity and happier staff, could the health service ever introduce a four-day working week? orking a…

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…

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