Dear Editor, Minister for Health Dr James Reilly’s plans to bring in universal health insurance (UHI) are increasingly being viewed as ‘dead in the water’, as they will most likely have to be funded by increased taxes or cutbacks across all other Government departments.
Dear Editor, In the current debate on establishing free GP care to the under-sixes, what is striking is the absence of facts. This is at variance with how most private organisations operate, where facts underpin all key decisions.
Dear Editor, In response to Dr Ruairi Hanley’s ‘Straight talking on distraction’ article (IMT, February 14, 2014) regarding his comments on wine and health, I refer both he and Prof Shaun McCann to my article penned in IMT in June 2013, particularly points 1-3 (see http://bit.ly/Mwey8g).
Dear Editor, Minister of State Alex White has not yet, to my knowledge, responded to calls from the IMO to commence full negotiations on the draft contract for free care to under-sixes. This may be because he intends to use the submissions from the so-called consultation process to present a ‘watered-down’ version that he […]
Dear Editor, Having waded through the draft agreement for the provision of services to under-sixes, our reaction is one of extreme disappointment that the HSE/Department of Health could introduce such a document into the public domain.
Dear Editor, I want to congratulate the National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP) for its tremendous hard work in collating the data from the questionnaire that was sent out to general practitioners. The NAGP has to be commended for making this an inclusive survey and giving a true picture of the state of general […]
Dear Editor, I have to disagree with Dr Susan O’Reilly in reference to her letter regarding cancer risk associated with water fluoridation (IMT, February 14, 2014).
Dear Editor, Doing more, with less resources, is a recipe for burnout. Apart from the necessary structural changes to practice, one self-help strategy to cope with stress that is currently largely ignored in medical circles is transcendental meditation (TM).
Dear Editor, The IMO recently passed on to us the proposed details of a new contract for GPs partaking in the new GMS for the under-sixes. To say that GPs are shocked by the contents of this document is an understatement. It is a proposal to completely change all our terms of contract in one […]
Dear Editor, Thank you for publishing the excellent letter from Mr Michael Ahern in your issue of Irish Medical Times dated 31/1/2014. Normally, accountants such as Michael look solely at the overall turnover of the medical practice for the financial year and the final tax bill due.