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April 18, 2014

Redundancy and re-hiring: the risks

Dermot Casserly, Beauchamps Solicitors, looks at the issue of redundancies and examines the rights and obligations of both employer and employee in this regard In the private healthcare sector, many employees have been made redundant and/or suffered salary cuts in the last year due to the economic downturn. It is important to note that legal […]

Irish are dying for a sun tan

As the UK backs a ban on sunbed use by teenagers, Laura Finn examines why the Irish Cancer Society wants similar legislation in this country The Irish Cancer Society is calling on the Government to introduce legislation in relation to the use of sunbeds, after the UK House of Lords passed legislation this month to […]

Smithfield clinic relieves pressure on Mater ED

Aoife Connors reports on the new Mater Smithfield Rapid Injury Clinic, which aims to deliver a hospital-level service in the community A new clinic for treating minor injuries has opened its doors to relieve the busy emergency department (ED) at the Mater Hospital. The Mater Smithfield Rapid Injury Clinic opened on 12 April and provides […]

Examining the body politic

Dr Dermot Ward reports from the UK on the health of the British body politic and how the upcoming election may shape the NHS On April 15 just gone, I witnessed a small piece of British history. For an uninterrupted one and a half hours on ITV tele-vision, the leaders of the two main political […]

West is best for neurologist

Dan Danaher talks to Dr Andreas Jahnke, a German neurologist who recently fulfilled a lifelong dream to set up a practice in the west of Ireland Over 700,000 people in Ireland suffer from ailments that affect the brain or the spinal cord, according to the HSE Strategic Review of Neurology and Neurophysiology Services. Many of […]

Time to get ‘family friendly’

Dara Gantly gives a further roundup of issues debated at the Irish Medical Organisation’s National NCHD Meeting in Killarney The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) wants the postgraduate training bodies and the Health Service Executive (HSE) to incorporate a more sympathetic approach to the geographical placement of married NCHDs and couples, especially when doctors have children. […]

Pilot scheme allows for home dialysis

Aoife Connors reports on a pilot programme that allows patients with kidney disease to perform their own dialysis treatment at home A number of patients with end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) are participating in a new home haemodialysis treatment programme being piloted by Beaumont Hospital. The nurse-supervised programme allows patients who would otherwise have to travel […]

Terence Cosgrave thanks all of the people he got to know over the course of his time as Editor of Irish Medical Times

I have been doing this job for almost three years now, and I had hoped that I could continue it while pursuing other interests, but that has not proved possible. I therefore intend to resign from Irish Medical Times to pursue those interests, so that the paper can have someone who can lead the editorial […]

The brave and the faithful

Dr Garrett FitzGerald believes our political players could learn a lot by adopting the Munster way, starting with some intensive training in the Academy To the brave and the faithful, nothing is impossible. This is one of the first indications of what it is all about to a would-be Munster player as he is accepted […]

Has the IMO lost its way?

Dr Ruairi Hanley wishes Prof Seán Tierney well, but writes that during his inaugural speech at the IMO AGM, the new President did not cover himself in glory Congratulations to Prof Seán Tierney, newly elected President of the IMO. During my brief involvement with that organisation, I met Seán on a small number of occasions […]

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