While debate rages over the safety of MMA, Dr Ruairi Hanley believes the unnecessary deaths occurring in our hospitals due to ED overcrowding and ICU bed shortages deserve more immediate action
Dear Editor, I read with bemusement the recent motion backing the NHS junior doctors’ strike, which was passed at the recent IMO AGM in Sligo (‘IMO backs NHS strike’, April 8, 2016).
Dr Dermot J Ward recalls a chance breakfast encounter with then British Secretary of State for Health Enoch Powell, and how the British politician seriously damaged the mental health services through the mass closure of hospital beds
Dara Gantly on how a new approach to determining staffing levels in our hospitals should ensure safer care for patients.
Dear Editor, Considering the recent political and media support around medically supervised injection sites, they now seem inevitable in Ireland. Rather than ‘if?’ the question has become ‘how?’
Ed Madden, BL, looks at a recent England and Wales Court of Protection case in which a health board sought the approval of the Court to a plan involving the discharge into the community of a young woman suffering from an acute form of anorexia nervosa.
Dara Gantly on how the solution to our trolley crisis could be as simple as ABC — or Acute Bed Capacity.
Dear Editor, I would like to respond to Dr Ruairi Hanley’s recent opinion article in Irish Medical Times (‘Tackling the IMO’s legacy issues’, March 25, 2016), in which he suggested GPs were entitled to be represented in the current contract talks by either the IMO or the NAGP.