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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…

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…

Putting the emergency brakes on a runaway train

By Paul Mulholland | Oct 10, 2019 |
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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 |
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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 |
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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 |
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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 |

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 |

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

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