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    From the latest issue
  • 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.

  • From previous issues
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Editorial

    The value of experience

    Paul Mulholland | 07 May 2018

    Co-location. Universal health insurance. A new GP contract. Individual Health Identifiers.

  • Editorial

    To screen or not to screen

    Paul Mulholland | 26 Apr 2018

    Health screening is not a clear-cut issue. While identifying diseases at an early stage is a priority for all good health services, the negatives of screening are sometimes found to outweigh the benefits. One negative might be the discovery of false-positives, leading to unnecessary treatment. In cancer, tumours could be detected that were never going to cause harm. This can cause great emotional distress for patients.

  • Editorial

    A meeting of minds

    Catherine Reilly | 16 Apr 2018

    The IMO AGM in Killarney earlier this month provided an ample forum for discussing the ‘big ticket’ issues that stalk the profession: FEMPI, recruitment and retention, capacity and contracts.

  • Editorial

    Prescribing an optimum solution on mental health

    Catherine Reilly | 05 Apr 2018

    In robust comments made recently, the President of the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland Dr John Hillery said the equity of financial support for training across medical disciplines was “not transparent and there is a feeling that psychiatry gets less than other medical specialties”.

  • Editorial

    ‘Strategic communications’ on public health

    Catherine Reilly | 26 Mar 2018

    A study on vaccination published in the March edition of the Irish Medical Journal (IMJ) brought to mind Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s alleged ‘vanity project’, the Strategic Communications Unit (SCU). This may seem an odd association to make, but consider the difference that ‘strategic communications’ could have on improving uptake of flu and pertussis vaccination in pregnant women. The €5 million set aside for the SCU in Budget 2018 would sure come in handy for this and other health promotion communications (the SCU has spent around €96k on a Healthy Ireland Campaign).

  • Editorial

    Vital times for organ donation

    Catherine Reilly | 15 Mar 2018

    This month will see the launch of the 2018 Organ Donor Awareness Week (31 March-7 April).

  • Editorial

    Waiting for change

    Priscilla Lynch | 05 Mar 2018

    Many good things are happening, or planned to happen at least, for our health services.

  • Editorial

    #endFGM – making a real change

    Priscilla Lynch | 22 Feb 2018

    We had a huge reaction to Catherine Reilly’s story and feature on female genital mutilation (FGM) in the last issue. The comments by Muslim scholar Dr Ali Selim supporting “female circumcision” where “determined by a medical doctor” and “reasonably prac¬tised” were unanimously denounced by the medical communi¬ty, Minister for Health Simon Harris, and the issue was debated widely in the national media, culminating in a fatwa against FGM being issued by the Islamic Centre of Ireland last week.

  • Editorial

    Time for change

    Priscilla Lynch | 08 Feb 2018

    Spring is a time of hope and renewal and after the hardship of January for the Irish health service, February couldn’t come soon enough.

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