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May 1, 2016

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’.

Bringing Westport to the world through YouTube

Danielle Barron talks to Mayo GP Dr Oliver Whyte about how a discussion surrounding the tragic last train to Achill led the 72-year-old to become a YouTube sensation, with more than one million views

Problems in our hospitals all come down to just one thing — capacity

Lloyd Mudiwa examines the long-running issue of capacity in Irish hospitals from the point of view of the medical practitioners at the coal face of healthcare delivery.

Doing the best with what you have

Outdated infrastructure continues to hamper hospitals’ efforts to improve hygiene standards according to HIQA’s latest report, but the regulator maintains that proactive management programmes must be maintained to deal with the facilities in their current state. Niamh Mullen reports.

Shared standards for maternity care

HIQA has developed its first set of service-specific national standards for Safer Better Maternity Services, which aim to standardise care across the country. Niamh Mullen reports.

Union is ‘fully representing members’

Until employees and providers of services can be sure that contracts agreed will be honoured by the employer, there is little hope that the manpower crisis in the medical profession will change, says IMO President Dr Ray Walley.

General practice can be the solution

Dr Padraig McGarry, Chair of the IMO GP Committee, believes that if we adopt a new policy of focusing on general practice as the solution in many of our health service ill, capacity, infrastructure, IT and a new weighted capitation model will all have to be addressed.

Fixing the alienation in our health service

Anthony Owens, IMO Assistant Director of Industrial Relations, is adamant that health service management must keep up their end of the bargain and pay contractually agreed salaries.

Preventing avoidable deaths and illness from climate change

With climate change likely to have a great impact on health, Dr Ann Hogan, Chair of the IMO’s Public Health Doctors and Community Health Doctors Committee, believes doctors can do a lot both to educate the public on health and illness related to weather and gather much-needed data on such issues as temperature-related mortality and […]

Restoring the position of Public Health

Public Health Medicine may be small specialty, but it is a vital one, according to Dr Anne Dee of the IMO Public Health Doctors and Community Health Doctors Committee, who believes its expertise needs to be informing policy and practice at every level of healthcare.

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