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December 1, 2015

An open challenge to a public debate

Dear Editor, With apologists/sycophants (self-serving or otherwise) such as Dr Ruairi Hanley, it’s no wonder the proposed Shell/Corrib project is 12 years behind schedule and four-and-a-half times over budget.

The truth is more than just what we see on television

Dear Editor, I am at a loss why Irish Medical Times choose to publish an opinion piece on the Corrib Gas Project that has not the remotest bearing or relation to any medical issues (‘Put ED plan, not Shell, out to sea’, Dr Ruairi Hanley, IMT, November 13, 2015).

NAGP plans 32-branch GP network

The National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP) plans to develop a 32-branch GP network across the country to ensure that local issues are heard.

IMO disputes GP phlebotomy deductions

The IMO has said it does not accept that deductions can be made directly from GMS capitation on the basis of a patient complaint, following reports that more than €8,000 was refunded to medical card holders after the HSE ruled that GPs had incorrectly charged for phlebotomy services.

Building a hospital without walls

After almost 10 years in the planning, a €22 million state-of-the-art facility housing Ireland’s first Integrated Ambulatory Care Centre will facilitate GPs and St Luke’s Hospital to integrate for better patient outcomes, Niamh Mullen reports.

Non-disclosure of prior medical history alleged

Ed Madden, BL, looks at a recent Court of Appeal case in which an insurance company appealed against the decision of the High Court in a case involving the refusal of the company to pay a benefit of €250,000 on foot of a mortgage protection policy.

Autonomy and accountability in general practice

Dr Gerry Mansfield may be right to be worried about future generations of GPs giving away their professional autonomy, writes Dr Dermot J Ward.

RCSI expands research activities in Ireland

Ireland’s premier surgical training college has embarked on a major five-year initiative to enhance its research capacity, according to RCSI’s Director of Research Prof Ray Stallings.

‘GMS pay reports sensationalise practice income’

Dear Editor, Reporting in the national press of Oireachtas data on November 13 that was originally requested by Deputy Brian Walsh on the top-earning GP co-operatives and practices only services to sensationalise general practice income. It’s a pity he failed to put the figures into the context of the value derived from such expenditure.

Together standing tall, shoulder to shoulder!

Dr Ruairi Hanley urges doctors to stand shoulder to shoulder to address the ongoing chaos in emergency departments, but is delighted the national football team will not be ‘answering Ireland’s call’ next year.

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