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April 20, 2015

‘Stand firm and reject contract’

  Open letter to NAGP members Dear Colleague, In light of last week’s announcement that an agreement has been reached on the under-sixes contract, the NAGP reiterates its call on GPs to refuse to sign the contract.

Roll out of primary care networks are urged

The Government should roll out its proposed 90 primary care networks before the end of this year, “if it is serious about providing a viable healthcare system across the whole country”, the Director of Social Justice Ireland has said.

Renewed call for folic acid fortification to curb NTDs

Renewed public health interventions, including mandatory folic acid food fortification, must be considered to reduce the incidence of neural tube defects (NTD), which appears to be on the rise, new Irish research has concluded.

The tail wagging the dog

  While conflicted over who to support in the current dispute between HIQA and the HSE, Dr Ruairi Hanley believes part of the solution to problems at Portlaoise Hospital should be to appoint the necessary senior clinical staff – not to instantly consider closing its emergency department.  

Shorter height link with increased risk of CHD

The shorter you are the more your risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), according to a new study which discovered that every 2.5 inch change in your height affected your risk of CHD by 13.5 per cent.

IMO Committee Chairs elected

Longford GP Dr Padraig McGarry has been elected as the new GP Committee Chairman of the IMO, replacing newly elected President Dr Ray Walley.

Four mothers transferred to SJH ICU

Four women had to be transferred from the Coombe Women and Infant’s University Hospital to ICU in St James’s Hospital (SJH) in Dublin in 2013.

Egypt should immediately release Ibrahim Halawa

Dear Editor, I have come at the stage of my life where I am becoming reflective of my life and the people I have met through my childhood and into my adulthood.

‘More is missed by not looking, than not knowing’

  Dr Pat McHugh, 1943-2015: An Appreciation   Patrick Joseph McHugh followed his father, Dr John Francis McHugh (General Practitioner), into medicine at University College, Galway, as it was then called, in 1967.

GP charged with blackmail

  Ed Madden, BL, looks at a recent UK High Court case in which a GP applied to terminate an order of suspension made by the Interim Orders Panel of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service after he was charged by the police with blackmail  

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