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March 4, 2015

Man took claim after falling from wall outside hospital ED

Ed Madden, BL, looks at a recent UK High Court case in which a man who sustained a very serious spinal injury when he fell from a wall outside a hospital emergency department brought a claim for damages against the hospital trust.

General practice is ‘in crisis and in flames’

Dear Editor, It was heartening to read Dr Gerry Cummins‘s response to my recent letter in IMT (‘ICGP not on fire, just nicely warmed up’, February 13, 2015).

MPA’s public hearings cause stress to doctor

Dear Editor, I have read with interest the recent articles in Irish Medical Times (IMT, February 13, ‘FTP, do no harm’, and Feb 20, ‘Preferred model of care for sick doctors’) dealing with sick, addicted and stressed doctors, and with measures in place and projected to help these doctors.

Registration delays for foreign doctors are ‘real and long-lasting problem’

Dear Editor, In relation to your recent article ‘DOH is warned over registration route’ (IMT, February 13, 2015), I would like to highlight some important points.

Rats not plague reservoirs in medieval Europe

Dr Muiris Houston wonders if we owe the black rat an apology, following new research suggesting climate change in Asia was driving new waves of plague to Europe during the 14th Century — and via gerbils.

The official IMT guide to Cheltenham

Dr Ruairi Hanley won’t be in attendance, but has studied the form and has devoted many hours to researching who will take home the glory.

Under-sixes contract led to union change

Dear Editor, As a senior single-handed GP for more than 30 years, I have today cancelled my membership of the Irish Medical Organisation and am arranging transfer to the National Association of General Practitioners, as I feel that this organisation best represents my interests.

Deficient professional performance appealed

Ed Madden, BL, looks at a recent UK High Court case in which a doctor appealed against a decision of a fitness to practise panel that his name be erased from the medical register.

Australia pays GPs appropriately for chronic disease management

Dear Editor, Below is breakdown of how the Australian government via Medicare incentivises GPs to manage chronic conditions.

‘Fifty Shades’ of perplexity

Dr Ruairi Hanley just can’t get his head around the global phenomenon of Fifty Shades of Grey, the premise of which he believes to be a strange and slightly disturbing glamorisation of abuse.

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