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May 29, 2016

Practising ethical medicine

Dara Gantly further reflects on the new Guide to Professional Conduct and Ethics

Dispensing advice on the phoney pharmacist war

With the war of words heating up between GPs and pharmacists over dispensing doctors and the new Minor Ailments Scheme, Dr Ruairi Hanley believes pharmacists deserve the respect not antagonism of medics

Smoking ban legislation must not be undermined

Dear Editor, The Faculty of Public Health Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland is alarmed and deeply concerned at any suggestion that Ireland’s legislation on workplace smoking might be weakened and undermined.

Church’s role in our hospitals should never be forgotten

Dear Editor, I enjoyed the section in Dr Ruairi Hanley’s article recently on the positive role of the Catholic Church in our hospitals (‘A more catholic view of the Church’, IMT, May 13, 2016).

Leadership must come from the top as well

Dear Editor, Prof Freddie Wood, current President of the Medical Council, is quoted in your recent edition as saying that more doctors should take on ‘leadership’ roles (‘Leadership is ‘essential attribute’ — IMC President’, IMT, May 20, 2016).

On the Oregon wine trail

Context is extremely important when consuming a glass of wine, as Giovanni Morelli points out in his latest column — whether it be a Pinot Noir from Oregon or a Blue Nun from Germany.

The employment status dichotomy

Ed Madden, BL, looks at a recent Labour Court decision in an appeal brought by a doctor against a decision of a Rights Commissioner under the Part Time Work legislation

New minister must cut coat according to cloth

Dara Gantly examines the surprise elevation of Wicklow and East Carlow TD Simon Harris to the post of Minister for Health in the 32nd Dáil.

Goodbye Leo, hello Simon!

Dr Ruairi Hanley examines the change of guard at Hawkins House, and looks ahead to either the prospects of positive change for general practice or another election in 18 months’ time.

Capacity is not the only problem in the health service

Dear Editor, I read with interest the recent article written by Lloyd Mudiwa, which was succinctly summarised by its heading ‘Problems in our hospitals all come down to just one thing — capacity’ (IMT, April 15, 2016).

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