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October 24, 2014

Doctors also need to vent their spleen

Dear Editor, My commendations to Dr Patricia Black for her letter (‘Doctors and society cannot ignore the issue of aggressive patients’, IMT 10/10/14). It is on such matters I often wish you had a forum for debate wherein a ‘username’ would dilute the exposure to personal attack.

A sad spectacle of the Health Service Executive

The HSE will never ‘up its game’ and provide a 21st-Century service until it is challenged to do so by breaking up its failed monopoly once and for all, argues Dr Garret FitzGerald.

Role of consultant medical boards more than just a Greek chorus

Dear Editor, Dr Colm Henry, HSE Clinical Lead for the Clinical Directorate Programme, in an interview (IMT, 29/8/14), highlights that the consultant medical board, an early form of clinical leadership is now passé.

Ag teacht go luath

Dara Gantly takes a look at the latest iteration of our structural reform programme.

GP dumb!

Do politicians give a damn About the plight of their fellow man? Or is their only thought, let’s say, Get re-elected come what may? Find an issue, sort the sound bite, Spin it, milk it with all their might, Then get it on the statute books, All that matters is how it looks! Kid’s referendum […]

Benefits and harms need airing on breast screening

Dear Editor, Dr Bridget O’Brien’s recent letter on mammography (IMT, September 26, 2014) reminds one that BreastCheck in its recruiting documentation continues to avoid providing information on risks associated with the procedure. Dr Dermot Walsh, Blessington, Co Wicklow.

‘A tweet to jail’: Bahrain in 2014

Prof Eoin O’Brien on the recent arrest of Nabeel Rajab on his return to Bahrain.

A ‘No’ to an independent review

Reflecting on the narrow IMO vote not to hold an independent review into ‘certain aspects of the management of the organisation up to December 2012’, Dr Ruairi Hanley is saddened by the decision against full transparency, accountability and clarity, regardless of the possible costs.

‘No’ vote has implications far beyond the IMO

While it must be respected, the ballot result against holding an investigation into the management of the IMO prior to the departure of George McNeice will continue the erosion of public confidence in the union and in doctors generally, believes Dr Muiris Houston.

Counsel was not aware that his client had died

Ed Madden, BL, looks at a recent decision of the European Court of Human Rights in which the Court was told that an earlier decision of the Court was made without the knowledge that the woman at the heart of the case had died 18 months earlier.

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