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March 1, 2015

Under-sixes contract led to union change

Dear Editor, As a senior single-handed GP for more than 30 years, I have today cancelled my membership of the Irish Medical Organisation and am arranging transfer to the National Association of General Practitioners, as I feel that this organisation best represents my interests.

Australia pays GPs appropriately for chronic disease management

Dear Editor, Below is breakdown of how the Australian government via Medicare incentivises GPs to manage chronic conditions.

Under-sixes deal will lead to the ‘destruction of general practice’

Dear Editor, I continue to be dumbfounded at some apparently intelligent GP representatives advocating for ‘the phasing in’ of free GP care.

Sun can shine light on low energy future

Dear Editor, Regarding the recent energy debate between Dr Philip Michael and Dr Pat Morrissey in Irish Medical Times

Abolish application forms for Maternity and Infant Scheme

Open letter to the Chief Administrative Officer of the Primary Care Maternity and Infant Scheme, HSE, Dr Steevens’ Hospital, Dublin 8. 

ICGP not on fire, just nicely warmed up

Dear Editor, I refer to a recent letter (‘ICGP needs to help ‘put out the fire’, January 30, 2015) from my old friend and colleague Dr Adrian Honan.

Better performance despite a drop in the EU health index

Dear Editor, Ireland’s reported slippage of eight places to 22nd in 2014 Euro Health Consumer Index (EHCI) implies a drastic deterioration in the performance of our health service.

German energy utopia is fictional without nuclear power option

Dear Editor, Dr Philip Michael did not address the issues I put to him in his recent reply in IMT (‘Renewables urgently need to be brought on stream’, Jan 23, 2015), and he underlines this by citing the example of the Bavarian town of Wildpoldsried (pop. 2,512). Wup-dee-doo!

Ombudsman can examine complaints on such centres as Áras Attracta

Dear Editor, We read with interest a letter from Dr Frances Matthews in relation to the Áras Attracta scandal (IMT, January 16).

ICGP needs to help ‘put out the fire’

Dear Editor, I am writing as a GP of 36 years’ experience, having obtained my first GMS contract at the ripe old age of 28.

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