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October 13, 2015

Columnist was a delight to read

Dear Editor, I wish to join the much deserved tributes to the late Dr Cyril Daly. His writings were always a delight and enjoyed by all.

The human side of rural life

Dear Editor, The reporting of Dr Cyril Daly’s (Dr Sloothery’s) death has filled me with nostalgia for when Dr Slooth came into our kitchen on a weekly basis as a child.

Care to climb with us?

Setting out to climb a mountain, for example Errigal or Muckish, takes resolve and some preparation. Success will result in a sense of accomplishment and capability.

Support needed for mental health petition

Dear Editor, As Budget Day approaches in October, anyone who cares about better mental health supports has an opportunity to let the Government know. Time is running out for this Government to honour its Programme for Government commitment on mental health supports in Ireland.

Ireland’s ailing health service

Dear Editor, I want to point your readers to a series of comprehensive and balanced reviews of the ailing Irish public health system, published recently in The Irish Times (see here and here).

Former IMT columnist was ‘required reading’

Dear Editor, I was very sorry to hear of the recent passing of the great Dr Cyril Daly — his ‘Slymo Sloothery’ columns in your paper for many years were required reading.

Will patients feel better on plethora of new drugs?

Dear Editor, I read with interest the review of the TECOS study and found myself wondering why I would want to prescribe this drug (‘No major increased CVD risk from this DPP-4 inhibitor’, IMT, August 14, 2015).

NCH application is an ‘important milestone’

Dear Editor, The planning application for the development of a new National Children’s Hospital (NCH) for Ireland, on a shared campus with St James’s Hospital, has now been submitted. This is a hugely positive and important milestone for the project and we welcome it wholeheartedly.

Registrar also needs to walk a mile in GP shoes

Dear Editor, As a former ED registrar and a former GP, I read the recent letter from Dr Antonio Calvo (‘GPs should walk a mile in the ED’, IMT, 17 July, 2015, bit.ly/MileinED) with interest.

Government continues with ‘headless charge’ of free GP care

Dear Editor, It is important that the evidence informing national health policy not only be convincing, but that it is also reliable and comprehensive. However, I was disappointed by what I would consider a polarised interpretation of research about the benefits of universal free GP access presented at the recent MacGill Summer School.

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