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December 2, 2015

A long way from Clare to here

The pioneering road taken by Prof Bill Shannon through medicine and medical education has brought himself and his chosen specialty on an interesting journey — one that has seen general practice given its due academic recognition on a par with medicine or surgery, writes Dara Gantly.

Removing the hurdles for young GPs

The National Director of Specialist Training in General Practice with the ICGP has highlighted the need for more discussion on public private partnerships and fixed contracts, writes Lloyd Mudiwa after the recent Irish Medical Career Fair in Dublin.

Trust and fidelity at heart of provider

Niamh Mullen spoke with Tom Finn, CEO of Affidea Ireland, formerly known as Euromedic, about the company’s new name, new logo, new mission statement and plans for further expansion at home and abroad.

A rebel with a cause

One of the reasons consultant surgeon in general laparoscopic and vascular surgery at the Whitfield Clinic Mr Asam Ishtiaq enjoys private practice is that he’s just a rebel. Lloyd Mudiwa reports from the Irish Medical Careers Fair.

The Irish training structure is ‘bizarre’

Prof John Crown told those at the Irish Medical Careers Fair that the Irish health landscape was ‘abnormal’ from undergraduate to graduate education, and right up to the hospital network structures. Gary Culliton reports.

Consultants in panic mode over tax returns

Marc Thornton, a Group Manager with Irish medical billing company Medserv, tells Lloyd Mudiwa of challenges facing consultants to get their end-of-year tax returns ready on time.

HIQA to examine switch to HPV DNA test

The Health Information and Quality Authority is set to consider the clinical and cost-effectiveness of moving from cytology to primary HPV DNA testing, writes Niamh Mullen.

‘Step by step’ on war classic

Prof Pierce Grace delves into the murky world of WWI espionage, while celebrating the 100th anniversary of the publication of The Thirty-Nine Steps.

IMO agrees new deal on starting pay scale

Professional achievements will be recognised in determining where new-entrant consultants start on the salary scale, IMO Director of Industrial Relations Steve Tweed told Gary Culliton. Now, experience and qualifications obtained in parallel count towards pay.

A Beacon of partnership in healthcare

The Deputy CEO of the Beacon Hospital and former CEO of St James’s Hospital Brian Fitzgerald is keen to drive collaboration with insurers and the public health system in his new role at the Dublin private hospital, as well as bring innovation to the sector, reports Niamh Mullen.

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