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July 4, 2015

Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!

Dear Editor, In the HSE’s quarterly glossy Health Matters, Director General Tony O’Brien says “we will listen to the views and opinions of our patients and service users” in planning and delivering services (no mention of the opinions or views of doctors or service providers).

Victory for HSE/DoH will be a Pyrrhic one

Dear Editor, May I take this opportunity to congratulate our trusty band of brothers and sisters who signed the revolutionary under-sixes contract.

Amendments urged for General Division NCHDs

Open letter to Minister for Health

Understanding the links between obesity and cancer

Dear Editor, It has long been recognised that diabetes is associated with cancers of the oesophagus, uterus, colon, kidney, breast and other tissues.

Safefood campaigns support, not blame public efforts

Dear Editor, I read with interest the article by Dr Muiris Houston (‘Fighting for the ‘fat man’, June 5, 2015, see bit.ly/IMTMuirisObesity) in which he referenced the roles of medication and hormones in people’s weight gain and that public health campaigns like Safefood’s were actually adding to the problem.

MPA move welcomed, but timelines needed

Dear Editor, I wrote to Minister for Health Dr Leo Varadkar earlier this year about the problems faced by non-EU doctors in getting onto the training division with the Irish Medical Council (IMC).

Fee hike for NCHDs is ‘ill conceived’

Dear Editor, The Medical Council’s attempt to increase the annual registration fee for NCHDs by 13 per cent, from €535 to €605, follows on from a previous increase in 2013.

Overseas Medics of Ireland supports IMO stance on retention fee hike

Dear Editor, You are aware of the fact that the Irish Medical Council (IMC) has decided to raise the retention fee for doctors, from €535 to €605.

‘The fools, the fools, the fools!’

Dear Editor, This being the Decade of Commemorations, your readers might find something to interest them in Pearse’s closing remarks to his oration at O’Donovan Rossa’s graveside in 1915.

Being bullied into signing something I don’t believe in

Dear Editor, I wholeheartedly agree with the comments of Dr Larrie Martin expressed recently in Irish Medical Times (‘Shame on us all for ‘obnoxious contract’, May 22, 2015).

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