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Confusion on ‘12 weeks’ when accessing abortion – leading provider

There is “a huge amount of confusion” about what constitutes 12 weeks’ pregnancy among many women seeking termination of pregnancy services, contributing to some “very fraught” situations around accessing care within the time limit, according to the Medical Director of...
Confusion on ‘12 weeks’ when accessing abortion – leading provider

Lack of consultant paediatricians leads to fall in number of GP training places

The number of GP training places has fallen as a result of consultant vacancies and is below the figure the ICGP had hoped to offer, the Medical Independent (MI) can report. Last year the ICGP offered 194 GP training places,...
Lack of consultant paediatricians leads to fall in number of GP training places

More than 600 GPs lodge petition with ICGP for abortion EGM

Doctors seeking an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) of the ICGP on abortion services have announced that over 600 GPs have signed a petition in support of the meeting. Almost 500 signatories are full ICGP members, meaning that the petition has...
More than 600 GPs lodge petition with ICGP for abortion EGM

Over 1,000 Irish people potentially affected by valproate syndrome

A HSE-commissioned report estimates that up to 1,250 children have experienced some form of neurodevelopmental delay and between 153 and 341 children a major congenital malformation arising from sodium valproate exposure in utero from 1975 to 2015. Rapid assessment of...
Over 1,000 Irish people potentially affected by valproate syndrome

Framework for consultant contract compliance established

The HSE has established a new process to ensure compliance with the terms and conditions of the consultant contract, the Medical Independent (MI) can report. In 2018, the Department of Health issued correspondence to the HSE requiring the establishment of...
Framework for consultant contract compliance established
Confusion on ‘12 weeks’ when accessing abortion – leading provider Confusion on ‘12 weeks’ when accessing abortion – leading provider
There is “a huge amount of confusion” about what constitutes 12 weeks’ pregnancy among many women seeking termination of pregnancy services, contributing to some “very fraught” situations around accessing care within the time limit, according to the Medical Director of...
Lack of consultant paediatricians leads to fall in number of GP training places Lack of consultant paediatricians leads to fall in number of GP training places
The number of GP training places has fallen as a result of consultant vacancies and is below the figure the ICGP had hoped to offer, the Medical Independent (MI) can report. Last year the ICGP offered 194 GP training places,...
More than 600 GPs lodge petition with ICGP for abortion EGM More than 600 GPs lodge petition with ICGP for abortion EGM
Doctors seeking an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) of the ICGP on abortion services have announced that over 600 GPs have signed a petition in support of the meeting. Almost 500 signatories are full ICGP members, meaning that the petition has...
Over 1,000 Irish people potentially affected by valproate syndrome Over 1,000 Irish people potentially affected by valproate syndrome
A HSE-commissioned report estimates that up to 1,250 children have experienced some form of neurodevelopmental delay and between 153 and 341 children a major congenital malformation arising from sodium valproate exposure in utero from 1975 to 2015. Rapid assessment of...
Framework for consultant contract compliance established Framework for consultant contract compliance established
The HSE has established a new process to ensure compliance with the terms and conditions of the consultant contract, the Medical Independent (MI) can report. In 2018, the Department of Health issued correspondence to the HSE requiring the establishment of...

Feature

The Journey from 'should' to 'must' in open disclosure

There are reforms on the way in ‘open disclosure’, which seek to change how doctors communicate with patients. David Lynch looks at the current situation and coming developments

Cancer Trials Ireland raises funding concerns at Health Committee

Mar 13, 2019

Reform of HSE online prescribing process for GPs planned

Mar 13, 2019

More than 1,000 Irish children potentially affected by valproate syndrome, estimates HSE study

Mar 13, 2019

A new path for the regulation of mental health services

Mar 13, 2019

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Minimally invasive clipping of the left atrial appendage: Reducing stroke risk in patients with atrial fibrillation

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Ms Donna Eaton outlines how device closure of the left atrial appendage has emerged as a safe and effective alternative to anticoagulation for some patients The most serious risk to patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) is thromboembolic stroke. There is a clear relationship between the left atrial appendage (LAA) and stroke in patients with non-valvular…

Preventing cardiovascular disease in primary care

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Dr David Molony documents the success of Heartwatch in primary care to date but bemoans the lack of investment in the programme, which is no longer recruiting patients Heartwatch is the National Programme in General Practice for the Secondary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) in Ireland, as patients with established cardiovascular disease have a high…

Heart failure and iron deficiency — guidelines and practicalities

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Dr Pat O’Callaghan looks at the prevalence, diagnosis and optimal management of iron deficiency in heart failure patients As many as 50 per cent of heart failure patients are iron-deficient. In patients with heart failure, iron deficiency correlates with decreased exercise capacity, with poor quality of life and predicts worse outcomes. Iron deficiency is easily…

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