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Chronic neglect means it’s right to be apprehensive about winter

By Paul Mulholland | Sep 13, 2021 |

In this issue of the Medical Independent (MI), our main feature focuses on the uncertainty of the coming winter period.…

Building for the future

By Paul Mulholland | Aug 20, 2021 |

During the Covid-19 pandemic, much focus has been on the new. To control the spread of the virus, social distancing…

More action required on HCV

By Catherine Reilly | Jul 15, 2021 |

Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic and the remarkable breakthroughs seen in vaccinology, another virus was the centrepiece of recent medical…

Time to change the changeover

By Paul Mulholland | Jul 6, 2021 |

In the previous issue of the Medical Independent, columnist Dr Michael Conroy wrote about the significant personal and professional disruption…

Onus on Department to listen to concerns about draft contract

By Paul Mulholland | Jun 18, 2021 |

To say the reaction to the draft Sláintecare consultant contract has not been positive is to put it mildly. Doctors…

How will the cyberattack influence health service’s use of AI?

By Paul Mulholland | Jun 4, 2021 |

The impact of the recent cyberattack on the HSE has highlighted the health service’s increasing dependence on technology. The ransomware…

Preparing for the worst

By Paul Mulholland | May 25, 2021 |

Acrippling cyberattack on the health service in the middle of a global pandemic is a nightmare scenario within a nightmare…

When should Ministers stay quiet and let the experts speak?

By Paul Mulholland | May 14, 2021 |

The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly came in for some criticism recently when it was revealed that he asked Department…

Immunisation and global solidarity

By Paul Mulholland | May 5, 2021 |

Vaccines have dominated the news agenda recently for obvious reasons. But it can be easy to forget that Covid-19 is…

Public health agreement long overdue, but welcome

By Paul Mulholland | Apr 23, 2021 |

The IMO’s annual general meeting (AGM), held on 17 April, was unlike any other in the Organisation’s history. Instead of…

GPs not to blame for vaccination delays

By Paul Mulholland | Apr 15, 2021 |

Recently, on RTÉ radio’s Liveline, Co Limerick GP Dr Kieran Murphy said he would not be participating in the next…

What do international comparisons of Covid-19 responses tell us?

By Paul Mulholland | Apr 6, 2021 |

HIQA’s recent international review of different ‘lockdown’ strategies contains an important caveat at the end.“Public health measures adopted by countries…

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