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February 27, 2015

A strong sense of déjà vu

The long-awaited delivery of a new Central Mental Hospital and old infrastructure in general, along with the administration of ICPs and ECT, remain recurring problems in the provision of mental health services, writes Lloyd Mudiwa.

Beat the pressure and be the ideal surgeon

Is the ideal surgeon fearless, invincible, a knight in shining armour and calm under pressure? Or is she afraid to ask questions, riddled with anxiety from the pressure of keeping up appearances, consumed with managing their image and afraid to admit that they, like the rest of us, are human?

The Freud Project: On Dreams

Continuing his ambitious 24-year project of an annual reading of one volume of Freud’s complete works, UCD’s Prof Brendan Kelly explores The Interpretation of Dreams (Second Part) and On Dreams, in his fifth instalment of the IMT series.

An unfortunate and sad case

The Medical Council’s sanction against a leading Professor of Surgery arose from a series of unfortunate circumstances and may resolve the uncertainty surrounding the definition of poor professional performance, writes Lloyd Mudiwa.

UCC asserts itself on training stage

Michelle McDonagh examines how a new project at University College Cork that uses virtual reality, silicon and human simulators is future-proofing the College in terms of global medical training, and promises to help deliver better, safer healthcare to patients.

How to combat the rise and rise of vaccine costs

Amid claims of a ‘secretive’ vaccine industry and the striking lack of data on vaccine prices, Lloyd Mudiwa shines a light on pneumococcal disease vaccine pricing worldwide, particularly in poor countries.

Harold J Browne: 60 years of distinction

Mayo Clinic-trained Irish surgeon and Medical Council president Harold J Browne gave 60 years of his long and fruitful life to educating generations of students and surgical trainees.

Pitching the reform of clinical negligence

The Medical Protection Society is taking the lead in tackling crippling costs of clinical negligence claims in Ireland, MPS Director of Claims and Litigation Emma Hallinan tells Lloyd Mudiwa.

Hospitals or GPs: who can provide a solution?

The latest hospital emergency departments’ overcrowding crisis has sparked debate between doctors over where the solution lies and how to target funding, writes Lloyd Mudiwa.

Doctor recruitment is ‘still challenging’

Gary Culliton spoke with IHCA President Dr Gerard Crotty about funding, the double-edged sword of agency contracts and how the trolley crisis has turned doctors away from these shores.

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