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April 20, 2014

Examining mental health behind bars

Dr Muiris Houston examines the rates of mental illness among prison populations and what new research on drug use among prisoners might tells us about their specific needs.

Showing some Dutch courage — part II

Dara Gantly continues his examination of our plans for universal health insurance (UHI), and why we need to re-embrace the Dutch model.

Nash-ional controversy

With the sports injury experts in a spin, Dr Garrett FitzGerald comes up with a novel solution to the penalties of Cork’s Anthony Nash, involving some traditional chainmail dress from our Norman ancestors.

Irish should look out for ‘one of our own’

Dr Ruairi Hanley wonders why Dr Ali Al-Ekri, who was arrested and incarcerated for treating pro-Democracy protestors in Bahrain, has been forgotten by the nation he once called home.

Caution is warranted on e-cigarettes craze

Dear Editor,  Progress has been described as the exchange of one nuisance for another nuisance, and it is a perennial process, often vividly illustrated in our emergency departments.

Let’s trust the doctor

Dear Editor, According to a recent survey, people perceive that doctors tell the truth 89 per cent of the time, TDs 23 per cent and Ministers 20 per cent.

Sick leave occasioned by bullying

Ed Madden, BL, examines a recent Northern Ireland Court of Appeal case in which a Speech and Language Therapist was dismissed by her employer when she refused to return to work following a long period of sick leave.

A credit to his people

Dr Garrett FitzGerald recounts a meeting with the famed Dr Alfred Oberon Fagan-O’Toole, whose unique take on pain relief has won him many admirers in the nonsmoking, old-world, medical moral majority of Shakespearean enthusiasts.

Time to show some Dutch courage

Dara Gantly examines whether the Government may have waved a white paper or white flag on the ideal of Universal Health Insurance.

No ‘errors’ on ETC from Mental Health Commission

Dear Editor, I refer to the letter published in IMT on March 28 from Dr Larkin Feeney (‘Commission’s ECT ‘error’’).  Let me assure your readers that the Mental Health Commission (MHC) has made no error on this matter.

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