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April 1, 2015

Nuclear power is bitter pill to swallow

Dear Editor, Further to Dr Pat Morrissey’s recent letter (‘German energy utopia is fictional without nuclear power option’, IMT, February 6, 2015), I agree Germany’s hasty phasing out of its nuclear power stations has not improved their carbon emissions.

A weighty issue for profession

Dear Editor, The concept of free GP care for the under-sixes and what the GP should be paid for the increased workload is still up for debate.

Dental patient bled to death

Ed Madden, BL, looks at a recent UK High Court case in which a consultant oral surgeon appealed against a decision of a Professional Conduct Committee to erase his name from the Dental Register after one of his patients died following dental treatment.

‘Tradition’ of GPs meeting every need can’t continue

Dear Editor, Responding to recent correspondences in IMT from GPs on the current ‘crisis’ in general practice, I agree that all the contributions made thus far are relevant, and because they are made by GPs, the arguments put forward are very valid.

Needling the profession

Fed up with the silent majority within the profession, Dr Ruairi Hanley wants doctors to publicly express their support for childhood vaccinations in the face of recent questioning of its safety.

HSE steps back from ‘nuclear option’ with HIQA

While the HSE has withdrawn the immediate threat of legal action against HIQA over its draft Portlaoise report, we cannot underestimate the long-term damage this incident may have caused, says Dr Muiris Houston.

Pharmacist accused of sexual harassment

Ed Madden, BL, looks at a recent UK High Court case in which a pharmacist appealed against a decision of a Fitness to Practise Committee that he was guilty of a number of incidents of sexual harassment.

Caught up in Rome’s taxi wars

Aside from the expected economic benefits of the just proclaimed extraordinary Holy Year, Dr Muiris Houston fears an ISIS terror attack may not be the only threat to the upcoming Jubilee.

‘Misinterpretation’ of Act is damaging non-EU doctors

Dear Editor, The past two months have seen some interesting developments in the Irish health service.

Urgent need for universal salt iodisation

Dear Editor, An article in the March 5 issue of IMT by June Shannon refers to a reply by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar to a question by Dún Laoghaire TD Mary Mitchell-O’Connor on the subject of dietary iodine intake (‘Department tasks UCD researchers with analysis of dietary iodine intake’).

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