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Co-ordinated national lymphoedema service ‘would save millions’

By sa | Feb 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

Catherine Reilly speaks to the Chairperson of Lymphoedema Ireland about the lack of services in Ireland for people with the condition and the long-delayed model of care

A festival of ideas for the curious medical practitioner

By sa | Jan 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

The dotMD conference, which looks at medicine through the lenses of culture, the arts, philosophy, and technology, is a unique event. Co-organiser Dr Muiris Houston provides a preview of this year’s conference

Opening the book on enhanced organ donation

By sa | Jan 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

Every episode of organ donation is to be welcomed, but Ireland is operating at mid-table in Europe in respect of its deceased donor numbers. Experts agree that significant infrastructural resourcing is much more important than opt-out legislation in increasing donation rates. Catherine Reilly reports

Speaking the right language on the use of Gaeilge in medicine

By sa | Jan 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

The historical decline in the Irish language has affected Irish-speaking patients and doctors over the past number of decades. David Lynch looks at what this decline means in a healthcare context

Fighting for fairness and for equal pay for new entrants

By sa | Jan 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

Consultant psychiatrist and IMO representative on the Consultant Applications Advisory Committee Dr Matthew Sadlier writes about the importance of restoring salary parity for new-entrant consultants, arguing that the current pay policy is inequitable and unfair

The growing problem of suicide in the medical profession

By sa | Jan 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

Priscilla Lynch examines the complex issue of physician suicide and highlights what supports are available in Ireland to address the problem

The danger of unintended consequences

By sa | Jan 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

Will the further digitisation of hospitals liberate or burden consultants? David Lynch talks to the HSE Chief Information Officer (CIO) and doctors about what e-health will mean from a work perspective

No health service is an island

By sa | Dec 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

The HSE has finally published the long-awaited Primary Care Island Services Review April 2017 along with a 2019 implementation plan. However, it could take many years to deliver the kind of health service islanders have long called for. Niamh Cahill reports

Ensuring better and more equitable healthcare for US citizens

By sa | Dec 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Medical costs in the US are rising. Bette Browne examines why many Americans cannot afford basic healthcare and whether sufficient moves are being made to improve access for patients to essential treatment

Root and branch reform needed for negligent medico-legal system

By sa | Dec 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

The rising number of clinical negligence cases is changing the way doctors practice medicine in Ireland. Such cases represent a huge cost burden for the State and can cause immense hardship for patients, families and healthcare professionals. Niamh Cahill investigates

Sexual health in the spotlight

By sa | Dec 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

With a major new public health campaign, policy changes and upcoming appointments, David Lynch takes this opportunity to look at the HSE’s new #respectprotect campaign and other sexual health matters

Challenging HIV stigma in Ireland’s African communities

By sa | Dec 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

Data on HIV diagnoses in Ireland has shown that many people from sub-Saharan Africa are presenting at a late or advanced stage. Catherine Reilly reports on efforts towards addressing the issue

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