Sign up now for ease of access to The Medical Independent, Ireland’s most frequently published medical newspaper, delivering award-winning news and investigative reporting.

  • receive the eCopy two days prior to the printed edition.
  • can partake in our online MCQs.
  • can enter our online sports quiz.


Medicalindependent.ie is Ireland's only investigative medical news website for doctors, healthcare professionals and anyone with an interest in health issues.

Established in 2010, along with its sister publication The Medical Independent, our stated aim is to investigate and analyse the major issues affecting healthcare and the medical profession in Ireland. The Medical Independent has won a number of awards for its investigative journalism, and its stories are frequently picked up by national digital, broadcast and print media. The Medical Independent is published by GreenCross Publishing.

Address: Top Floor, 111 Rathmines Road Lr, Dublin 6

Tel: 353 (01) 441 0024

GreenCross Publishing is owned by Graham Cooke.

You are reading 1 of 2 free-access articles allowed for 30 days

36 doctor presentations to PHMP

By Mindo - 12th Apr 2018 | 26 views

Of the 36 doctors who presented, the majority were NCHDs (21), with nine hospital consultants and six GPs.

According to the report, the majority of practitioner patients presenting to the PHMP in 2017 were women (56 per cent), and the largest number of presentations across both sexes were among those aged between 25-to-34 years old.

Most patients (58 per cent) presented with a mental health problem, 29 per cent with a substance misuse problem and 13 per cent with a dual diagnosis.

The PHMP was launched in September 2015 as a confidential service that provides medical care for practitioners in Ireland who may be going through stress, mental health difficulties or have drug or alcohol misuse problems. Since its inception, 95 practitioner patients have been seen by the service.

Writing in the Annual Report 2017, PHMP Medical Director Dr Íde Delargy praised the “positive outcomes” from the service but noted “we are, however, aware that there may be a significant cohort of practitioners who are experiencing difficulties and who have yet to seek advice and support”.

In terms of outcomes, over three-quarters (39) of those who registered with the programme last year continued working or have returned to work “with the support provided by PHMP”.

“Nine patients are not deemed suitable to work and continue to be monitored with drug and alcohol testing as well as additional supports, such as individual therapy.”

The PHMP’s website address is www.practitionerhealth.ie.

Leave a Reply

Latest
Latest Issue
medical news
The Medical Independent 19th May 2022

You need to be logged in to access this content. Please login or sign up using the links below.

Most Read