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August 30, 2014

State must cap exposure of providers

Dear Editor, Medical consultants practising in independent hospitals either full time or part time are required to have appropriate level of indemnity cover as a requirement laid down by the Medical Council to protect patients.

Dentists put a smile on GPs’ faces

Dr Ruairi Hanley pays a special tribute this week to the Irish Dental Association for stopping the publication of medical professionals’ annual GMS earnings, and wonders if the new Minister for Health will be able to keep the smiles on our faces.

Alex White’s contract is our own personal Pearl Harbour

Dear Editor, There was a glimmer of hope recently for general practice in Ireland when Senator John Crown had that obnoxious gagging clause removed from a potential GP contract for the under-sixes.

Statute barred man from taking case, said HSE

Ed Madden, BL, looks at a recent High Court case in which the HSE requested the Court to determine as a preliminary issue whether an action taken by a husband following the death of his wife was barred by the Statute of Limitations.

Knowing your angina from your embolism

With anti-doctor sentiment rife in a Britain served up by a hyperbolic diet of Daily Mail headlines, Dr Muiris Houston questions whether it is the UK education system that is to blame for ill-informed patients.

Even less than free GP care

Dear Editor, It has often been said that there is no such thing as ‘free’ medical care. I would beg to differ.

An appreciation — Prof Michael J O’Halloran

Apart from his total dedication to St Luke’s Hospital and its patients, the late Prof Michael J O’Halloran contributed for 30 years in a significant way to the ongoing development of clinical oncology.

Pharmacist pleaded guilty to child cruelty

Ed Madden, BL, examines a recent English High Court appeal on the basis of undue leniency against a General Pharmaceutical Council decision to suspend a pharmacist convicted of child cruelty from the register.

The decline in the use of ECT

Dr Dermot Ward questions whether an apparent decline in the use and popularity of ECT can be put down to more effective psychoactive drugs or ill-informed media pressure surrounding the procedure.

Steps forward in human understanding

Garrett Fitzgerald on the ‘insights gained’ and the great good to be had from undertaking pilgrimages, and their key role in the protective response to ageing.

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