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When ‘real’ life rivals fiction

By Paul Mulholland | Mar 31, 2020 |
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Speaking recently to the New York Times, Ms Sandra Zampa, Under Secretary of Italy’s Health Ministry, said when Covid-19 first spread…

An outbreak in the information age

By Paul Mulholland | Mar 9, 2020 |
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Perhaps the only thing to match the spread of the new coronavirus, or Covid-19, are news articles and social media…

The crossover between housing and health

By Paul Mulholland | Feb 27, 2020 |
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n our last editorial, we focused on how healthcare was the most important issue for the electorate based on an…

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…

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…

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…

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