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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…

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…

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