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August 31, 2015

Being selective with TB concerns

Dara Gantly on the current shortage of the BCG vaccine and impending changes to universal vaccination.

NCH application is an ‘important milestone’

Dear Editor, The planning application for the development of a new National Children’s Hospital (NCH) for Ireland, on a shared campus with St James’s Hospital, has now been submitted. This is a hugely positive and important milestone for the project and we welcome it wholeheartedly.

What’s new in the paper chase?

Dr Dermot J Ward laments both the demise of the British equivalents of IMT and the rise of the paper-generated deluge from modern medical regulation.

The trolley and transplant counts

Dr Ruairi Hanley was saddened on the one hand to realise that 10 years of public commentary on the trolley crisis has achieved little, but gladdened to hear of one retired surgeon’s recent campaign to improve patient care.

Manager took injunction proceedings against HSE

Ed Madden, BL, looks at a recent High Court case in which a senior HSE manager sought to restrain her temporary reassignment from her current position and the appointment of another person to her post.

Registrar also needs to walk a mile in GP shoes

Dear Editor, As a former ED registrar and a former GP, I read the recent letter from Dr Antonio Calvo (‘GPs should walk a mile in the ED’, IMT, 17 July, 2015, bit.ly/MileinED) with interest.

Upgrading our ‘work house stock’

Dara Gantly on the need to stave off an impending crisis in our public nursing home system

Physician Associate, seal thyself

Dr Ruairi Hanley believes introducing Physician Associates into Ireland is not the magic bullet to solve all our health service wows – but paying GPs what they are owed would be a good start

Government continues with ‘headless charge’ of free GP care

Dear Editor, It is important that the evidence informing national health policy not only be convincing, but that it is also reliable and comprehensive. However, I was disappointed by what I would consider a polarised interpretation of research about the benefits of universal free GP access presented at the recent MacGill Summer School.

Medical expert’s professional reputation has been vindicated

Ed Madden, BL, looks at a recent Court of Appeal case in which counsel for the plaintiff maintained that he was not given a proper opportunity by the High Court judge to establish by cross-examination that a medical expert in a medical negligence action was not impartial

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