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July 1, 2016

Joined-up service delivery is key for Hep C care

An Irish-led collaborative initiative involving four EU countries aims to reduce the morbidity and mortality related to hepatitis C through innovative community care pathways for people at-risk, reports Lloyd Mudiwa.

Solutions needed at local level

Considerable variation between counties in rates of hospitalisation for common chronic diseases such as COPD, asthma, diabetes and heart failure have emerged in a new performance review from the Department of Health, Gary Culliton reports

Welcome to the medical ‘Jungle’

To mark World Refugee Day on June 20, Dublin GP Dr Emer O’Reilly recounts her experience of working with refugees in the first-aid caravans in the Calais refugee camp, known to some as ‘the Jungle’

The worst of the Syrian refugee crisis

To mark World Refugee Day on June 20, veteran humanitarian and public health medical specialist Dr Máire O’Connor highlights conditions in Greek refugee camps as the worst she has experienced, and urges urgent action

The skin cancer low-down from Down Under

Until recently Australia was the skin cancer capital of the world, but a sustained public health campaign has started to turn the tide. Niamh Mullen speaks with public health expert Prof Terry Slevin, who has spent more than 20 years at the forefront of skin cancer control programmes in Western Australia

GPs’ attitudes to MTP remain positive

A recent survey of the attitude of Irish GPs participating in the Methadone Treatment Protocol has highlighted the “key and essential resource” GPs play in the treatment of opiate and other drug misuse, Lloyd Mudiwa reports

ED Task Force to weigh up new funding

The ED Task Force Implementation Group is considering the best use of additional health service cash allocation to avert a recurrence of last year’s record-setting hospital EDs crowding, writes Gary Culliton

‘Personal responsibility’ for overruns

The HSE’s supplementary cash came early this year, Gary Culliton reports, highlighting that it is in acute hospitals that the Government sees the greatest need for improved accountability and control

Inconsistencies continue in children’s services — HIQA

Disparity in the quality of services provided to children across the country has been highlighted in HIQA’s latest report on the inspection and regulation of children’s services, Niamh Mullen reports

No longer Boston or Bern for next NCRI head

Incoming Director of the National Cancer Registry Ireland and UCC’s inaugural Professor of Cancer Epidemiology Prof Kerri Clough-Gorr recounts her circuitous route to Ireland and the world of cancer research, with Lloyd Mudiwa

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