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September 20, 2014

Strive to resolve conflict in UHI debate

Dear Editor, I am anxious to express the idea of moving forward peacefully in the current debate on universal health insurance and also in what the health service can provide for the population in Ireland.

Current legislation is ‘misguided and ineffective’

Dear Editor, In response to your recent article ‘Life ‘preserved’ after termination’ (IMT, August 29, 2014), in pregnancy, Irish medicine has a long-held tradition of treating both patients: the expectant mother and her developing child.

Final call for Stroke Awards nominations

Dear Editor, On behalf of the Irish Heart Foundation, I invite your readers to celebrate life after stroke by nominating stroke survivors for our charity’s fifth national Stroke Awards this December, hosted by RTÉ broadcaster Marty Whelan.

Who is representing our GPs before their Pearl Harbour or Hiroshima?

Dear Editor, I note from the letters page of Irish Medical Times (August 29, 2014) that Dr Tony Feeney personally knows six doctors who will retire early.

Charging for ‘free’ GP visits an excellent move

Dear Editor, I believe Health Minister Dr Leo Varadkar’s suggestion of a possible co-payment to see a GP under universal primary care is an excellent idea.

Medics worked ‘tirelessly’ on the day of bombings

Dear Editor, We were very pleased to read Dr Charles Daly’s recent account of his personal experiences in the Casualty Department of the Mater Hospital on the evening of the Dublin and Monaghan bomb explosions of May 17, 1974

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.

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