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September 22, 2014

Leaving Irish general practice

Dr William Ralph returned recently from Australia to resign from his Irish practice, having tasted a very different way of life and professional practice Down Under.

An appreciation — Dr Raymond and Miriam Rees

Apart from being a tireless and outstanding contributor to child health, Dr Raymond Rees and his wife Miriam were willing to give and share unstintingly, writes Prof Hilary Hoey.

Ministerial briefing notes on health

Lloyd Mudiwa reports on the briefing materials prepared for Dr Leo Varadkar by the Department of Health, revealing there is a lot more for the new Health Minister to do than just steady the ship.

Huge capacity problem in general practice

Gary Culliton hears what IMO GP Chair Dr Ray Walley has to say about the current manpower crisis in general practice, and what can be done to encourage our GPs and trainees to stay in this country.

Renewing your passion for medicine

More than just a creative medical conference, co-founder Dr Ronan Kavanagh says the dotMED annual meeting will rekindle the eagerness and inquisitiveness of doctors lost along the career path.

Enquiring into Ireland’s asylums: Why did the situation grow so large?

Recent months have seen calls for an enquiry into the history of Ireland’s psychiatric hospitals. Careful, historical study can shed considerable light on this topic, according to Prof Brendan Kelly, author of Care and Criminality: Forensic Psychiatry and the Law in Nineteenth-Century Ireland.

Controlling the spread of rotavirus disease

Pressure is mounting to include the rotavirus vaccine — as has been recommended by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee of the RCPI — as part of Ireland’s childhood immunisation schedule. Dara Gantly questions why its adoption has been delayed.

Off with his head! In your own time…

In the second of his two-part series, Consultant Surgeon Dr Mark Corrigan takes another look at how pressure can affect us, particularly self-imposed pressure based on past mistakes.

My Brilliant Career

The winner of the 2014 annual Aindreas McEntee Short Story Competition was announced at a recent meeting of Irish Medical Writers Society. Irish Medical Times is delighted to publish the winning entry, from GP Dr Pat Harrold.

Contract ‘overambitious and unwieldy’

A strategic contribution is now sought as part of clinicians’ involvement in management. However, devolution of power and authority has been patchy. Gary Culliton heard the views of HSE Clinical Lead for the Clinical Director programme, Dr Colm Henry

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