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November 25, 2015

Trust sought to withdraw support from baby

Ed Madden, BL, looks at a recent England and Wales High Court case in which an NHS trust sought an order authorising the withdrawal of respiratory support from an eight-month-old baby girl.

Some offers you just cannot refuse

Giovanni Morelli travelled to Sicily recently to soak up some of the wines ripened by the usually hot Mediterranean sun and nurtured by the rich soils provided by the Mt Etna volcano.

Forming a different opinion of GP referrals

Consultants must not think they can treat GP referral letters like badly completed homework, produced by an impertinent schoolchild, argues Dr Ruairi Hanley.

Aldi, HSE and minimum wage

Dear Editor, I was pleased to read that the discount supermarket, Aldi, is to increase its minimum wage for entry-level staff to €11.50 per hour (“Aldi to create 400 new jobs in Ireland”, Irish Times, October 26).

No insurance needed without clinical risk

Dear Editor, Senator Colm Burke seems to be unaware, as the Medical Council also seems to be from time to time, that there are many medical professionals out there who are not in clinical practice for a variety of reasons (‘New requirement a major step for peace of mind’, IMT, November 13, 2015).

Further reminiscences of the late Dr Sloothery

Dear Editor, The outstanding vignettes I recall of Dr Sylmo Sloothery was when Nurse Fahirt, the PHN, attempted to syringe the good doctor’s ears — only to find that his auroscope in the first instance was completely blocked with wax and, on removal of same, then it had no batteries!

Hospital-centric system must adapt

Dear Editor, Recently an elderly patient with a complex advanced wound in a nursing home confronted local hospital admission as the only way to access transport to the vascular service in Galway for a scheduled procedure.

Another vintage Awards year

The winning projects at this year’s Irish Healthcare Awards prove that innovation is alive and well in the Irish health service, writes Dara Gantly.

Move will compound the exodus of doctors — OMI

Open letter to the Minister for Health, Dr Leo Varadkar Dear Minister Varadkar, First of all, Overseas Medics of Ireland (OMI) would like to express its gratitude for your decision to amend the Medical Practitioners Act to make all competent non-EU doctors eligible for training jobs from 2016.

New requirement a major step for peace of mind

Dear Editor, I would like to welcome the recent passing of the Medical Practitioners (Amendment) Bill 2014 through the Seanad.

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