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July 23, 2014

Rapid access clinics are ‘to support GPs’

In the second part of Irish Medical Times‘ interview with Children’s Hospital Group Chief Executive Eilish Hardiman, Gary Culliton reports on the need for co-location with a hospital offering a range of specialties and more general paediatrician.

GP ‘gagging clause’ blow for Government

The Government’s desire to pass legislation introducing free GP care for the under-sixes was dealt a blow this week in the Seanad when an amendment against the proposed GP ‘gagging clause’ was narrowly passed, reports Dara Gantly.

On the nature and meaning of psychiatry

Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Brian O’Shea reviews the recent book by Prof Tom Burns, which gives a ‘warts and all’ understanding of what psychiatry is for the ordinary reader.

‘Undue hardship’ holds the key

The Government has acknowledged the hardship caused to individuals through the removal of discretionary medical cards. There is evidence of severe shortcomings in the criteria for issuing the cards — which dates back to the 1970s, writes Gary Culliton.

Marked increase in hygiene rates

As the call for entries for this year’s Irish Healthcare Awards continues, Gary Culliton reports on the work being done by one of last year’s winners to improve hand hygiene compliance.

Maternity hospitals ‘are management model’

The Higgins report envisages that chief clinical directors at hospital Groups will have a budget. “They will know what it is and they will be responsible for it,” Prof John Higgins has said. Gary Culliton heard his views on the necessity for clinical leadership from top to bottom.

Back to management school

As the call for entries for this Irish Healthcare Awards opens, Lloyd Mudiwa revisits some of last year’s winning projects, including one that saw healthcare leaders going back to school to learn how better to drive performance and achieve value-based healthcare.

WONCA President: Integrate mental health into practice

Integrating mental health into general practice is a core element of family medicine and primary care, says the WONCA President. ‘Detecting undiagnosed depression among my patients is a medical emergency,’ he tells Lloyd Mudiwa.

Last orders on student alcohol misuse

Following last year’s success at the Irish Healthcare Awards, UCC’s Dr Michael Byrne believes momentum is gathering to have a sector-wide approach to the issue of alcohol misuse among students. Dara Gantly reports.

The journey to professionalism in medicine

Medical professionalism is aligned to trust, which is very important because it’s when vulnerability supervenes, which can happen at any time, that we most need to trust doctors, Prof Michael Brennan tells Lloyd Mudiwa.

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