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September 1, 2014

State must cap exposure of providers

Dear Editor, Medical consultants practising in independent hospitals either full time or part time are required to have appropriate level of indemnity cover as a requirement laid down by the Medical Council to protect patients.

Alex White’s contract is our own personal Pearl Harbour

Dear Editor, There was a glimmer of hope recently for general practice in Ireland when Senator John Crown had that obnoxious gagging clause removed from a potential GP contract for the under-sixes.

Even less than free GP care

Dear Editor, It has often been said that there is no such thing as ‘free’ medical care. I would beg to differ.

The effects of the MPA 2007 Act are wide-ranging

Dear Editor, The recent Irish Medical Council annual report suggested that 10 per cent of the young doctors left the Medical Registrar in 2013. I presume at least 30 per cent of the new Irish graduates leave Ireland every year for various reasons.

NCHD salary cuts a ‘new low’ for the Health Service Executive

Dear Editor, A circular (009/2014) dated 10 July was sent by the HR Department of the HSE to hospital management ordering massive reductions to NCHD salaries commencing 14/7/14, the new intake date — reductions of approximately 13 per cent.

US should take lead from Australian and Irish legislators

Open letter to US Congressman Bob Goodlatte.

Teamwork is our primary goal

Dear Editor, I regularly read and enjoy the ‘Hanley Report’ in your publication.  It is important that general practice has a voice in these times of financial constraint. Indeed, there is no better man than Dr Ruairi Hanley who does not suffer fools gladly.

HSE ‘Guillotines’ negotiations

Dear Editor, It has been reported recently in your pages that the IMO has reached an agreement allowing it to ‘engage’ with the HSE; there must be a suspicion of casuistry as nowhere is there a reference to a right to negotiate.

HSE too ‘post haste’ with cutback

Dear Editor, The HSE are anxious and insisting that GPs perform phlebotomy on patients.

MC must change rules on Indian internships

Dear Editor, I am deeply disheartened by the step-motherly attitude of the Irish Medical Council towards Indian doctors who did their internship in India.

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