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July 23, 2014

A service for yesteryear, available today

Unlike professional rugby, our emergency departments are run by amateurs, our best players are sent to other leagues, and our team managers — believing us to be ‘world class’ — won’t even attend the matches, laments Dr Garrett FitzGerald.

Teamwork is our primary goal

Dear Editor, I regularly read and enjoy the ‘Hanley Report’ in your publication.  It is important that general practice has a voice in these times of financial constraint. Indeed, there is no better man than Dr Ruairi Hanley who does not suffer fools gladly.

Research prize added to Irish Healthcare Awards

The 2014 Irish Healthcare Awards judging panel has added a new trophy of ‘Research Paper of the Year’ to its 17-strong list of categories that will be honoured at the gala event in Dublin this autumn.

HSE ‘Guillotines’ negotiations

Dear Editor, It has been reported recently in your pages that the IMO has reached an agreement allowing it to ‘engage’ with the HSE; there must be a suspicion of casuistry as nowhere is there a reference to a right to negotiate.

Husband claimed late wife’s rights breached

Ed Madden, BL,  looks at a recent English Court of Appeal case in which the husband of a woman who died in hospital claimed that her right to respect for private life under the European Convention on Human Rights was breached

HSE too ‘post haste’ with cutback

Dear Editor, The HSE are anxious and insisting that GPs perform phlebotomy on patients.

Diagnosing the Irish language dyslexia

By replacing the stick with the carrot and ending compulsory Irish, Dr Ruairi Hanley believes we might see more young people willingly take up the language and loving it for what it is.

Variety in HDL cholesterol subclasses shows each poses different MI risks

In secondary prevention, increased risk for long-term hard clinical events is associated with low HDL3-C, but not HDL2-C or HDL-C, highlighting the potential value of subclassifying HDL-C, new research in the European Heart Journal has suggested.

Potential shown for possible bone marrow transplantation in adults

Use of a lower intensity bone marrow transplantation method has shown promising results among 30 patients (16-65 years of age) with severe sickle cell disease, according to a study in the July 2 issue of JAMA.

Decoding our cryptic medical lexicon

Medical abbreviations and acronyms boost efficiency as long as they are used intelligently, but sometimes they can land doctors in hot ‘chocolate’ soup, Dr Muiris Houston warns.

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