Editorial

The case for reforming public health medicine

By Paul Mulholland | Nov 1, 2019 | 0 Comments
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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 | 0 Comments
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Healthcare negotiations can often be a slow, laborious, affair. The consultant contract 2008 took over a decade of talks before…

Putting the emergency brakes on a runaway train

By Paul Mulholland | Oct 10, 2019 | 0 Comments
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Nearly 64,000 Americans died from a drug overdose in 2016 alone. Opioid overdoses accounted for more than 42,000 of these…

Why conferences can be important

By Paul Mulholland | Oct 1, 2019 | 0 Comments
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After the summer break, conference season is back in full swing. The usual line-up of clinical meetings organised by the…

Editorial 23 Sept 2019

By Paul Mulholland | Sep 19, 2019 | 0 Comments
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Striving to provide a more equal healthcare service Our previous editorial ended by referring to Sláintecare’s commitment to equality of…

Speaking out on the troubles of the world

By Paul Mulholland | Aug 29, 2019 | 1 Comment
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The Amazon rainforest fires are another unwanted example of the extensive damage humans can do to the environment. Environmental campaigners…

Brexit cloud continues to hang over Irish healthcare

By Paul Mulholland | Aug 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

The ascension of Boris Johnson to British Prime Minister has made the prospect of a no-deal Brexit much more likely.…

The perpetual circle of health restructuring

By Paul Mulholland | Aug 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

Not long after the appointment of a new HSE CEO and board, and another round in what seems to be…

Cause and effect — the insidious reasons for bullying in the health service

By Paul Mulholland | Jul 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

The recent Your Training Counts report from the Medical Council made for stark reading for anyone interested in the wellbeing…

Lack of continuity at top of HSE threatens quality improvement

By Paul Mulholland | Jul 2, 2019 | 0 Comments
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Institutional memory is the collective knowledge and learned experiences of a group. It is a way for an institution to…

The problem with Angola

By sa | Mar 4, 2019 | 0 Comments
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In his time as Minister for Health, the former Taoiseach Brian Cowen once famously referred to the Department of Health…

Is hope on the horizon for public health doctors?

By sa | Jan 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

Public health doctors were not a happy group towards the end of last year. The group were becoming increasingly frustrated at the continuing pay disparity between themselves and other specialists and their lack of consultant status. Not only that, but they were not even permitted to see the Review of Public Health Medicine, commissioned by the Department of Health and conducted by the consultancy firm Crowe, regarding the future of the specialty.

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