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September 2, 2014

My Brilliant Career

The winner of the 2014 annual Aindreas McEntee Short Story Competition was announced at a recent meeting of Irish Medical Writers Society. Irish Medical Times is delighted to publish the winning entry, from GP Dr Pat Harrold.

State must cap exposure of providers

Dear Editor, Medical consultants practising in independent hospitals either full time or part time are required to have appropriate level of indemnity cover as a requirement laid down by the Medical Council to protect patients.

The pressure from without — how to keep a cool head

In the first of a two-part series on pressure, Consultant Surgeon Dr Mark Corrigan looks into the history books to show that pressure can be the greatest obstacle to achievement.

Dentists put a smile on GPs’ faces

Dr Ruairi Hanley pays a special tribute this week to the Irish Dental Association for stopping the publication of medical professionals’ annual GMS earnings, and wonders if the new Minister for Health will be able to keep the smiles on our faces.

Alex White’s contract is our own personal Pearl Harbour

Dear Editor, There was a glimmer of hope recently for general practice in Ireland when Senator John Crown had that obnoxious gagging clause removed from a potential GP contract for the under-sixes.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services unit due in two years

The €11 million Linn Dara 12-bed inpatient unit on the Cherry Orchard Hospital Campus is due for completion by September 2016, the HSE has said. 

St Vincent’s University Hospital car park revenue at €1.89m

Tallaght and St Vincent’s were among the top hospital car park earners last year, according to latest figures.

Ashlin Centre at Beaumont brings ‘significant efficiencies’

The opening of the Ashlin Centre at Beaumont hospital now provides “significant efficiencies in the overall management of bed capacity”, the HSE has insisted. 

Statute barred man from taking case, said HSE

Ed Madden, BL, looks at a recent High Court case in which the HSE requested the Court to determine as a preliminary issue whether an action taken by a husband following the death of his wife was barred by the Statute of Limitations.

Knowing your angina from your embolism

With anti-doctor sentiment rife in a Britain served up by a hyperbolic diet of Daily Mail headlines, Dr Muiris Houston questions whether it is the UK education system that is to blame for ill-informed patients.

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