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September 15, 2014

Protecting the viability of general practice

Dara Gantly wonders whether the time is fast approaching to ask the last doctor leaving our health service to please turn out the lights.

Plugging the brain drain of our consultants

Dara Gantly examines the latest consultant pay proposal to emerge from the Labour Relations Commission (LRC), and wonders how damaging of a torpedo advertising for a new consultant post under a disputed contract might prove.

‘Clash of logic’ of a European health system

Dara Gantly examines a recent report from a European Commission Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health, which seeks to outline a new EU agenda on patient safety and quality of care.

Showing some TLC to those with LTCs

Dara Gantly examines what the Government should be doing to ensure those with long-term conditions are managed appropriately by the health service and achieve the best possible outcomes from their care.

Trust me, I’m the Minister for Health

Following his first doorstep opportunity with the new Minister for Health Leo Varadkar, Dara Gantly looks at whether we should start trusting our politicians a bit more.

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.

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.

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.

Can’t complain? Must complain

Dara Gantly on the need to complain more about our health service.

Human rights in our emergency departments

Dara Gantly wonders if it is time to investigate whether patients who encountered problems in our EDs had their human rights violated, now that an inquiry has been established in Northern Ireland.

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