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April 23, 2014

A blast from the future

  With the help of his trusted modified DeLorean, Spiddal GP Dr Seamus O’Beirn managed to go back to the future and get his hands on a transcript of an emergency Cabinet Meeting from April 2024 on the health service.

Increased IT usage by GP practices

Gary Culliton spoke with Dr Brian Meade before last weekend’s IMT GP Seminar in Dublin, to discuss the latest developments in electronic referrals, telemedicine and social media usage among GPs.

Leadership from the front line

The Department of Health’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan has called for a “collective vision for clinical leadership” to address the health system’s challenges. Gary Culliton heard his views on ‘trusting people with professional judgement, training and experience’ to make decisions.

Doctors’ concerns over living wills expressed to DOH

Examining some of the submission to the Department of Health on the draft General Scheme for Advance Healthcare Directives, Gary Culliton discovers that doctors have a number of concerns over the introduction of these new ‘living wills’.

Oireachtas probes RCSI-Bahrain accreditation

How the Medical Council will ensure a planned accreditation visit of RCSI-Bahrain — accused of using training hospitals that have alledgedly breached human rights — will be independent was one of the concerns raised in the Oireachtas, writes Lloyd Mudiwa.

Moves to enhance drug treatment services

In his concluding analysis, Lloyd Mudiwa examines progress made under the treatment and rehabilitation pillar of the National Drugs Strategy 2009-2016.

Insurance ‘may not provide faster access’

Gary Culliton examines the details contained in the Government’s White Paper on Universal Health Insurance and investigates how costs are to be contained in the future.

Shaping standards for future of nursing homes

HIQA has stepped up its engagement with GPs, and their ongoing input is helping the Authority shape its revised nursing homes standards due out next year, HIQA’s Marie Kehoe-O’Sullivan tells Dara Gantly

The treatment and rehabilitation pillars of the Drugs Strategy

The National Drugs Strategy 2009-2016 progress report outlines 63 actions that are implemented through its ‘five pillars’, reports Lloyd Mudiwa, in the first of a two-part series looking at current drug treatment services in Ireland.

Ireland receives positive grade in treating ‘silent killer’

Priscilla Lynch reports on the results of the first comparison study of pancreatic cancer care in Europe and the latest treatment advances for this disease.

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