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July 28, 2014

Journal clarifies stance ahead of controversial fertility treatment paper

The associate editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics has stressed arguments around climate change and fertility treatment should not be used as a form of discrimination.

Vitamin D deficiency linked to higher risk of diseases

Researchers have found that people with very low levels of vitamin D appear to be at higher risk of death from all causes — including cancer — and say that vitamin D could play an important role in cancer prognosis.

Flu vaccine safe in pregnancy — study

A new study that examined Irish maternity hospital data during the recent flu pandemic has affirmed that the seasonal influenza vaccine is safe at any stage during pregnancy. 

Our Crowning glory in the Seanad

Dr Ruairi Hanley believes the entire GP profession should thank Senator John Crown for ensuring that a doctor’s right to speak in a democracy will not be used as some kind of bargaining chip in any future contract talks.

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.

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