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April 30, 2016

Competition would ease waiting lists — PHA

A structured “waiting list capacity initiative” and a competitive system for commissioning hospital care would significantly ease pressure on the health service, according to new proposals by a group of private hospitals.

Court was faced with a novel claim

Ed Madden, BL, looks at a recent England and Wales High Court case in which a claim was brought on behalf of relatives of a man who suffered from adrenomyeloneuropathy, claiming that the alleged failure on the part of a hospital trust to diagnose his condition in a timely manner had an adverse effect on […]

NCCP says ICS/ICGP cancer report is ‘flawed’

The National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) has said it is “disappointed” with some aspects of the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) report on ‘Access to Diagnostics Used to Detect Cancer’.

Fighting talk on ICU and ED deaths

While debate rages over the safety of MMA, Dr Ruairi Hanley believes the unnecessary deaths occurring in our hospitals due to ED overcrowding and ICU bed shortages deserve more immediate action

Striking contrast this side of Irish Sea

Dear Editor, I read with bemusement the recent motion backing the NHS junior doctors’ strike, which was passed at the recent IMO AGM in Sligo (‘IMO backs NHS strike’, April 8, 2016).

Pre-participation screening of athletes ‘should be abandoned’

Young athletes should not undergo screening to prevent sudden cardiac arrest as it is not proven to save lives, suggests an analysis of the available evidence published in The BMJ.

Behaviour explains weight loss variance

Assessing certain weight control practices and eating behaviours after bariatric surgery can significantly influence the amount of weight loss after surgery, according to a study published online by JAMA Surgery.

Loneliness linked to heightened stroke risk

Loneliness and social isolation are linked to around a 30 per cent increased risk of having a stroke or developing coronary artery disease (CAD) — the two leading causes of illness and death in high-income countries.

Protein research holds ‘promise’ for Alzheimer’s

New research led by scientists at the University of Glasgow and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) has discovered a protein that can reverse Alzheimer’s disease-like pathology and cognitive decline in mice.

Having breakfast with Enoch Powell

Dr Dermot J Ward recalls a chance breakfast encounter with then British Secretary of State for Health Enoch Powell, and how the British politician seriously damaged the mental health services through the mass closure of hospital beds

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