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July 31, 2015

GPs should walk a mile in the ED

Dear Editor, Emergency medicine is in a crisis and needs the help of every doctor in this country.

Failed campaign follows other shortcomings

Open letter to IMO President Dear President, Regarding the failed negotiations with the Irish Medical Council (IMC) relating to the hike in registration fees, I have to say that this result is hugely disappointing but not surprising.

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).

Not all aboard the ‘Under-Sixes Express’

Dear Editor, You had some disturbing statements from the negotiators of the under-sixes contract in a recent edition (‘Two-thirds sign new contract’, IMT, June 19, 2015).

Data not reliable

Dear Editor, Most of the State-sponsored CSO or university-department-generated statistics on general practice utilisation since 2001 have been based on surveys employing one-year recollection.

Water fluoridation should cease — IDEA

Dear Editor, In light of the Health Research Board’s recent report on fluoride (‘No conclusive proof’ of negative effects, Irish Medical Times, June 12, 2015),

Calculating the real price of alcohol in Ireland

Dear Editor, The Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children, chaired by Jerry Buttimer TD, has finished its work on the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015. They have recommended the introduction of a series of amendments to the Bill that can reduce the number of men, women and children in Ireland who die or are harmed […]

HRB review failed to measure fluoride exposure of the population

Dear Editor, The Health Research Board (HRB) in its recent review said that it found no definite evidence that community water fluoridation has negative health effects (‘No conclusive proof’ of negative effects’, IMT, June 12, 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.

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