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Message from the Editor

By sa | Aug 31, 2020 |

From the Editor Action needed on non-training posts In the last issue (Medical Independent, 20 August) we published a letter…

In memory of Dr Syed Waqqar Ali Shah

By sa | Aug 17, 2020 |

Dr Naveed AbbasSurgical Registrar,Midland RegionalHospital, Portlaoise Family is a wonderful thing. In Pakistani culture it refers to not just your…

Driving the point on alcohol promotion

By sa | Jun 24, 2016 |

Dear Editor,
In light of the recent statistics issued by the Road Safety Authority that found that alcohol was a factor in almost 40 per cent of fatal road incidents, it is truly shocking to see Formula 1 (F1) has agreed a five-year new sponsorship deal with Heineken.

Government must make tobacco addiction ‘a thing of the past’

By sa | May 24, 2016 |

Dear Editor,

The Faculty of Public Health Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland is alarmed and deeply concerned at any suggestion that Ireland’s legislation on workplace smoking might be weakened and undermined.

Time to modernise form filling

By sa | Apr 28, 2016 |

Dear Editor,

Re Dr Mel Gilmartin’s letter on HSE form filling (Medical Independent, 18 April), may I respectfully advocate the demise of Form ALF/1 in favour of online submission of study leave and holidays.

Minister Lynch’s ‘pilot scheme’

By sa | Apr 14, 2016 |

Dear Editor,

I note that ex Junior Minister Kathleen Lynch’s expenses were up at circa €25K in 2015 [as revealed in the Medical Independent, 9 April,2016], compared to €20K in 2014.

A cunning PCRS plan?

By sa | Apr 14, 2016 |

Dear Editor,

Under their contract, GMS doctors are entitled to claim for annual leave, study leave and part-refund of medical indemnity premium from the HSE PCRS. The payment depends on panel size, a figure well known to the PCRS.

A matter of ‘opinion’

By sa | Mar 29, 2016 |

Dear Editor,

I read with interest the comments of Prof Michael Barry on the front page of the Medical Independent (‘Barry criticises ‘paid opinion leaders’, 3 March 2016) and while I strongly agree with the principle of transparency and declaring conflicts of interest, I feel the reported comments could be misinterpreted as judgemental and intimidating of colleagues who give an honest professional opinion in their field of expertise.

Medical vs legal learnings

By sa | Mar 2, 2016 |

Dear Editor,
I read with the interest the legal case ‘Alleged anticoagulation failure’ profiled in the Medical Independent in the 4 February edition . While clearly the case was successfully defended on the basis of adherence to the guidelines and therefore there was no negligence, the article may miss the broader medical issue that a person suffered a possibly preventable stroke resulting in loss of career (a very serious event)

Questions and answers in the surgery

By sa | Feb 3, 2016 |

Dear Editor,

Your front page (7 January 2016) describes Dr Amy Morgan as a ‘new GP voice’ and if her article ‘Falling into the Parent Trap’ is an indication of the standard of articles she will be writing, then I for one am looking forward to her having a long and productive career in medical journalism.

Open letter to Minister for Health Leo Varadkar from South Tipperary GPs

By sa | Jun 23, 2015 |

Dear Minister,

The undersigned GPs of South Tipperary wish to provide free care to our under-six patients.


By sa | Jun 10, 2015 |

Prof Aidan Halligan
September 17, 1957-April 27, 2015

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