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July 8, 2015

Water fluoridation should cease — IDEA

Dear Editor, In light of the Health Research Board’s recent report on fluoride (‘No conclusive proof’ of negative effects, Irish Medical Times, June 12, 2015),

From GPs to ‘salary men/women’?

Dara Gantly on the likelihood of GPs becoming salaried employees under universal healthcare.

Calculating the real price of alcohol in Ireland

Dear Editor, The Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children, chaired by Jerry Buttimer TD, has finished its work on the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015. They have recommended the introduction of a series of amendments to the Bill that can reduce the number of men, women and children in Ireland who die or are harmed […]

HRB review failed to measure fluoride exposure of the population

Dear Editor, The Health Research Board (HRB) in its recent review said that it found no definite evidence that community water fluoridation has negative health effects (‘No conclusive proof’ of negative effects’, IMT, June 12, 2015).

The NAGP’s Waterloo

While Dr Ruairi Hanley praises the NAGP’s failed attempt to challenge the under-sixes contract in the High Court, he is less enamoured with the recent Twitter activity of our Minister for Health, who be believes needs — to borrow Minister Varadkar’s own words — to cop on.

Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!

Dear Editor, In the HSE’s quarterly glossy Health Matters, Director General Tony O’Brien says “we will listen to the views and opinions of our patients and service users” in planning and delivering services (no mention of the opinions or views of doctors or service providers).

Union challenged Labour Court recommendation on rights

Ed Madden, BL, looks at a recent High Court case in which the Psychiatric Nurses Association challenged a Labour Court recommendation that it would be irresponsible for a county council to accede to the union’s request for negotiation rights on behalf of its members.

North Cork has lost one of its longest serving GPs

Dr Leo Leader passed away peacefully at his home on May 25, 2014, in his 96th year surrounded by his loving wife and family.

The wisdom of children

Honoured with a presentation to his daughter’s fellow Montessori pupils, Dr Ruairi Hanley wishes the children were correct in believing that all doctors had to do was make sick people better.

More cards mean more capacity

Gary Culliton says health reform requires increased resources for general practice.

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