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April 1, 2015

‘Misinterpretation’ of Act is damaging non-EU doctors

Dear Editor, The past two months have seen some interesting developments in the Irish health service.

Urgent need for universal salt iodisation

Dear Editor, An article in the March 5 issue of IMT by June Shannon refers to a reply by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar to a question by Dún Laoghaire TD Mary Mitchell-O’Connor on the subject of dietary iodine intake (‘Department tasks UCD researchers with analysis of dietary iodine intake’).

Deal for under-sixes must be part of contract

Dear Editor, The decision of the IMO to proceed with under-six negotiations on the basis of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a new GP contract is not necessarily a good one, and unfortunately there is a real danger that we are being hoodwinked by the Department.

Reported fee for under-sixes is ‘€14 per consultation’

Dear Editor, In what was clearly the first salvo over free GP care in the public relations battle ahead of a general election campaign, RTÉ News recently revealed that doctors signing the under-sixes free GP care contract would be given a fee of €75 per annum for 24 hours/ 365 days a year care and […]

GPs must counter DoH’s tactic

Dear Editor, All the information emerging suggests that the IMO and Department of Health are negotiating among themselves.

FEMPI must be reversed prior to talks

Dear Editor, I read with scepticism a ‘commitment’ that has been given by the Department of Health and the HSE to begin negotiations with the IMO no later than the end of this month in respect of the current GP contract.

United we should stand

Dear Editor, At the most recent meeting of the County Sligo GP Society (which incorporates the local branch/ faculty of the IMO, ICGP and NAGP), attended by about 60 GPs, I was asked to write to you to stress the importance of a ‘unified approach’ to the forthcoming negotiations on a new GMS contract, as […]

Croke Park to host stroke survivor conference

Dear Editor, On behalf of the Irish Heart Foundation, I invite your readers who have survived a stroke, their carers, family members and friends to join together in a day of learning and information sharing at our third annual National Stroke Survivor Conference.

On vaccination: Being devil’s advocate for concerned parents

Dear Editor, In characteristic combatant style, Dr Ruairi Hanley reprimands parents of unvaccinated children and attributes blame to them for the spontaneous outbreaks of measles in communities abroad and at home.

GPs are highest paid clerks and social workers in the country

Dear Editor, ‘Are you against ‘The Under-Sixes’ GMS?’ So ran the recent recruitment campaign as per a phone call to me the other morning. It’s starting to look like the water charges campaign!

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