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October 25, 2014

NAGP are ‘close’ to negotiating licence

A motion expected to be ratified at the upcoming AGM of the National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP) to change the Association’s constitution will allow the body to negotiate immediately with the Department of Health on behalf of Irish GPs, its CEO has said.

Antibacterial resistance is a huge concern in CF

Antibacterial resistance is a cause for major concern, according to a leading cystic fibrosis (CF) expert. World-leading CF experts, from Queen’s University Belfast, have called for greater research to address the issue of antibacterial resistance.

The why, how, when and where of BP measurement

Continuing her CPD series from a new online initiative on hypertension, Valerie Ryan hears about the importance of starting from the right place on blood pressure measurement, from a talk by Prof Eoin O’Brien.

Research Fellowships in diabetic eye disease

Cutting-edge research has been carried out at Queen’s University Belfast into eye disease.

Bid to make personalised medicine widely available

A new initiative is aiming to make personalised medicine available to all European patients. The initiative is led by Prof Mark Lawler, Chair in Translational Cancer Genomics at the Queen’s University Belfast Centre of Cancer Research and Cell Biology (CCRCB).

Doctors also need to vent their spleen

Dear Editor, My commendations to Dr Patricia Black for her letter (‘Doctors and society cannot ignore the issue of aggressive patients’, IMT 10/10/14). It is on such matters I often wish you had a forum for debate wherein a ‘username’ would dilute the exposure to personal attack.

A sad spectacle of the Health Service Executive

The HSE will never ‘up its game’ and provide a 21st-Century service until it is challenged to do so by breaking up its failed monopoly once and for all, argues Dr Garret FitzGerald.

Role of consultant medical boards more than just a Greek chorus

Dear Editor, Dr Colm Henry, HSE Clinical Lead for the Clinical Directorate Programme, in an interview (IMT, 29/8/14), highlights that the consultant medical board, an early form of clinical leadership is now passé.

Unlike Twink’s dog, trolleys never disappeared

Dr Ruairi Hanley bemoans excessive coverage by the media of Twink’s ‘pilfered’ pooch while making a dog’s breakfast of reporting ‘life-saving’ news.

Altruism a virtue in the Hippocratic tradition

The increasingly ‘out of control’ Ebola outbreak will help to highlight the great self-sacrifice doctors make daily in the line of duty, writes Dr Muiris Houston.

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