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October 22, 2014

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.

Another round in the alcohol debate

Dara Gantly asks whether the Government is measuring up to expectations when it comes to alcohol misuse.

A proud day at the Dáil GP protest

Dr Ruairi Hanley questions both the role of the media and the IMO in what he believes was an unprecedented and remarkable event for Irish doctors on the streets of Dublin.

Doctors and society cannot ignore the issue of aggressive patients

Dear Editor, I am writing in reply to the recent article written by Dr Ruairi Hanley, entitled ‘The abuse must end’ (IMT,September 26, 2014). Dr Hanley is absolutely right to highlight the issue of patients resorting to either physical or verbally aggressive behaviour, and he is to be commended for putting aside political correctness.

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