Dara Gantly fears the headlines to come if free GP care is brought in under the proposed draft GP contract.
While recent speculation on universal healthcare has focused on possible charges associated with ‘free’ GP care, debate has yet to start on defining the basket of services that will ultimately be offered, writes Dara Gantly.
Blink and you might have missed the consultation period for the most radical shake-up of general practice in 25 years, observes Dara Gantly.
Returning from 18 weeks parental leave, Dara Gantly finds that not much has changed in the world of Irish medicine, apart from the prospect of the most radical shake-up of general practice in a quarter of a century.
The introduction of the free GP care scheme for under-sixes reeks of the employment of political cunning and duplicity, suspects Lloyd Mudiwa.
Director General of the Health Services Tony O’Brien certainly cannot be accused of being ‘all mouth and no trousers’, at least when it comes to his appreciation of the commitment of health workers, writes Lloyd Mudiwa.
The simplest solution is often best, submits Lloyd Mudiwa, who is amazed at how the simplest solutions are often overlooked.
Lloyd Mudiwa makes a belated and somewhat fanciful toast to a truly world-class health service in Ireland in 2014, taking comfort from the fact that Irish doctors will always do the best they can with what they have.
Lloyd Mudiwa wonders whether a health budget top-up from Santa could succeed where the bitter gift from the three ‘wisemen’ from the east failed to end the pain and punishment of austerity budgets in the health service.