Problems in the structure of Irish medical education

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[Speaking in the Seanad during Second Stage of the Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2014] I will shamelessly take the opportunity of having the Minister held captive in the Chamber to make a cri de coeur to her in her new capacity as Minister for Education and Skills to seriously examine the structure and number of … Continue reading

End-of-life Care

[ Speaking in the Seanad on End-of-Life Care and Bereavement: Motion ….. ] I do not normally do this, but I will read a brief article which was written a few years ago by Dr. Ken Murray, an American general practitioner. I found it extraordinarily informative and moving. It is one everybody looking at changing … Continue reading

Berlin, Boston, or Ballybofey

Berlin Boston or Ballybofey

Sunday Independent – March 2007 The excellent Primetime series on the ongoing health reform debacle made for very depressing viewing. The most upsetting parts were the harrowing stories of the women who suffered the consequences of delayed cancer diagnoses. Tragically, one died. Another had to wait seven months for utterly routine tests, tests which, when they … Continue reading

Discussing the Health (Provision of General Practitioner Services) Bill

I welcome this important Bill because there was a problem with the structures for entrance into general practice which was having negative downstream effects on the service delivered to patients. This legislation will remedy this and increase the ease with which suitably trained and experienced doctors can get access to general practice. It will also … Continue reading

The Challenges facing the Minister for Health

The first of my questions relates to the reported management deficiencies in the HSE. They led to the Minister’s decision to appoint private management consultants to oversee the functions of Merlin Park, Portiuncula, Roscommon and Ennis hospitals, and to run the day-to-day operations of the university hospitals in Galway and Limerick. I have a specific … Continue reading

Overwork is the main cause of doctor error

Doctor Errors

Medical errors have recently re-entered the public domain. The tragic case of the child in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin who had a healthy kidney removed by accident has caused understandable concern. It is widely recognised that medical error is common in Ireland, and unsurprisingly our country has one of the highest rates of medical … Continue reading