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May 2, 2016

Fighting talk on ICU and ED deaths

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

Striking contrast this side of Irish Sea

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).

Having breakfast with Enoch Powell

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

Safer nurse staffing levels

Dara Gantly on how a new approach to determining staffing levels in our hospitals should ensure safer care for patients.

The case for injection sites

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?’

Woman suffered from an acute form of anorexia

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.

A good dressing down

While a certain sartorial look was once expected among the professional classes in Dublin during his former UCD days, Dr Garrett FitzGerald recalls the quite different ‘uniform’ on taking up his registrar post in Galway.

Seanad is losing a jewel in its Crown

Dr Ruairi Hanley laments the decision of Prof John Crown not to run again for a seat in the Seanad, as the Senator has done more than any other politician to defend the medical profession’s rights to advocacy.

Learning our trolley ABCs to solve the crisis

Dara Gantly on how the solution to our trolley crisis could be as simple as ABC — or Acute Bed Capacity.

Time for unified voice at table

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.

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