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July 30, 2015

GPs should walk a mile in the ED

Dear Editor, Emergency medicine is in a crisis and needs the help of every doctor in this country.

Hospice worker sought reinstatement

Ed Madden, BL, looks at a recent Circuit Court case in which a man who was dismissed from his hospice post sought a continuation of the terms of his contract of employment pending the determination of proceedings before the Employment Appeals Tribunal.

Irish standardised tobacco packs less attractive than EU versions

New Irish research published in BMJ Open has found that young people aged 16-17 years old believe standardised packs to be less attractive and their cigarettes to be more harmful than packs with EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) labels, which includes picture and text warning covering 65 per cent of the packages.

PA move considered by IMO

The introduction of Physician Associates (PAs) to the Irish health service represents a “significant change”, the IMO has stated.

Failed campaign follows other shortcomings

Open letter to IMO President Dear President, Regarding the failed negotiations with the Irish Medical Council (IMC) relating to the hike in registration fees, I have to say that this result is hugely disappointing but not surprising.

Drugs bill could hit €2bn

The State’s prescription bill could reach a massive €2 billion by 2026, a new study has predicted.

Natural lithium in water may help explain suicide figures

New research from Austria has found no evidence that lithium-based pharmaceuticals either directly or via accumulation in drinking water diminish the risk of death by suicide.

Cross-party group to examine childhood obesity

A new cross-political party Oireachtas group was launched last week to tackle childhood obesity and food poverty.

Just 2 per cent of DoH staff are fluent in Irish

The Department of Health has just seven staff, or almost 2 per cent of the total number of employees, who are capable of carrying out their duties through both the Irish and English languages.

No ‘major changes’ to Fair Deal scheme

The Government is not contemplating any major changes to eligibility or rates of contribution expected from older people under the Fair Deal Nursing Home Support Scheme (NHSS), Minister for Social Care Kathleen Lynch has indicated.

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