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November 26, 2015

Medical writers need star quality

Dear Editor, Regarding ‘The Hanley guide to a career in medicine’ (Irish Medical Times, October 30, 2015), the piece omitted to mention medical journalists and writers.

Aldi, HSE and minimum wage

Dear Editor, I was pleased to read that the discount supermarket, Aldi, is to increase its minimum wage for entry-level staff to €11.50 per hour (“Aldi to create 400 new jobs in Ireland”, Irish Times, October 26).

No insurance needed without clinical risk

Dear Editor, Senator Colm Burke seems to be unaware, as the Medical Council also seems to be from time to time, that there are many medical professionals out there who are not in clinical practice for a variety of reasons (‘New requirement a major step for peace of mind’, IMT, November 13, 2015).

Further reminiscences of the late Dr Sloothery

Dear Editor, The outstanding vignettes I recall of Dr Sylmo Sloothery was when Nurse Fahirt, the PHN, attempted to syringe the good doctor’s ears — only to find that his auroscope in the first instance was completely blocked with wax and, on removal of same, then it had no batteries!

Hospital-centric system must adapt

Dear Editor, Recently an elderly patient with a complex advanced wound in a nursing home confronted local hospital admission as the only way to access transport to the vascular service in Galway for a scheduled procedure.

Move will compound the exodus of doctors — OMI

Open letter to the Minister for Health, Dr Leo Varadkar Dear Minister Varadkar, First of all, Overseas Medics of Ireland (OMI) would like to express its gratitude for your decision to amend the Medical Practitioners Act to make all competent non-EU doctors eligible for training jobs from 2016.

New requirement a major step for peace of mind

Dear Editor, I would like to welcome the recent passing of the Medical Practitioners (Amendment) Bill 2014 through the Seanad.

Earlier approval for pharmaceuticals is not always a good thing

Dear Editor, Dr Leisha Daly of the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association articulates the industry’s frustration at delay in regulatory approval of new innovative medicines (‘Faster access is key to new deal’, IMT, October 9, 2015).

Lifestyle key to fertility problems

Dear Editor, Infertility clinics are busy these days and unfortunately the numbers attending are rising. This may be because women are having their children later in life, obesity is on the rise and this interferes with pituitary function as fat cells produce oestrogen.

Partnership has proved a success

Dear Editor, In relation to your recent excellent article ‘Cutting down on medication errors’ (IMT, October 23, 2015), I would like to point out that the Irish Medication Safety Network hosted the medication safety course and summit referred to in the piece, with the support of the HSE and the Rotunda Hospital.

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