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July 25, 2014

A service for yesteryear, available today

Unlike professional rugby, our emergency departments are run by amateurs, our best players are sent to other leagues, and our team managers — believing us to be ‘world class’ — won’t even attend the matches, laments Dr Garrett FitzGerald.

Teamwork is our primary goal

Dear Editor, I regularly read and enjoy the ‘Hanley Report’ in your publication.  It is important that general practice has a voice in these times of financial constraint. Indeed, there is no better man than Dr Ruairi Hanley who does not suffer fools gladly.

Doctor, doctor, can I have a second opinion?

Dara Gantly examines what the profession can expect now that Minister Dr James Reilly has been replaced in Hawkins House by Minister Dr Leo Varadkar, and if having a medic in charge is still a good idea.

HSE ‘Guillotines’ negotiations

Dear Editor, It has been reported recently in your pages that the IMO has reached an agreement allowing it to ‘engage’ with the HSE; there must be a suspicion of casuistry as nowhere is there a reference to a right to negotiate.

Husband claimed late wife’s rights breached

Ed Madden, BL,  looks at a recent English Court of Appeal case in which the husband of a woman who died in hospital claimed that her right to respect for private life under the European Convention on Human Rights was breached

HSE too ‘post haste’ with cutback

Dear Editor, The HSE are anxious and insisting that GPs perform phlebotomy on patients.

Diagnosing the Irish language dyslexia

By replacing the stick with the carrot and ending compulsory Irish, Dr Ruairi Hanley believes we might see more young people willingly take up the language and loving it for what it is.

Decoding our cryptic medical lexicon

Medical abbreviations and acronyms boost efficiency as long as they are used intelligently, but sometimes they can land doctors in hot ‘chocolate’ soup, Dr Muiris Houston warns.

The unintended consequences of actions

Did the Government need its tarot cards to predict the ‘unintended consequences’ of the recent discretionary medical card reviews? asks Dara Gantly.

MC must change rules on Indian internships

Dear Editor, I am deeply disheartened by the step-motherly attitude of the Irish Medical Council towards Indian doctors who did their internship in India.

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