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January 30, 2015

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.

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.

A private affair turned public

Prof Pierce Grace reviews a new book based on the diary of an Irish nurse from Galway who served with the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserves (QAs) in World War II.

Caring physician and pioneering feminist

Dr Maud McKee was a pioneering feminist and socially driven practitioner, who helped set up both CARI and the Rotunda’s Sexual Assault Treatment Unit, but she was also a caring doctor and loving mother who is sorely missed.

The horrors of the old asylum

Dr Brian O’Shea reviews a new book by the Mater and UCD’s Prof Brendan Kelly, which gives the reader a grand tour of the history of psychiatry, some of the idiosyncrasies of its more famous practitioners, and an insight into the forbidding 19th Century asylum.

Indemnity crisis is ‘jeopardising’ sector

Dara Gantly speaks with Bon Secours CEO Pat Lyons about the hospital groups’ business and clinical plans for 2015, against the backdrop of various market pressures that are placing a significant strain on all private hospitals.

Farewell to a ‘mighty’ politician and man

Killarney GP Dr Gary Stack pays his own tribute to the late Jackie Healy-Rae, and describes how health issues affecting the Kerry people have always been to the forefront of his, and his son’s, political priorities.

MedXnote wins top prize at dotMED 2014

An App designed to replace the pager system in hospitals was the winner of the Dragon’s Den-style pitching competition at the recent dotMed conference in Dublin, Irish Medical Times reports.

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