Proposing the ‘Access to Cancer Treatment Bill’

cancer drugs

I commend the Bill. I acknowledge it as very innovative potential legislation. I am not a starry eyed idealist. I know we live in a real world. I know that every penny I prescribe is a penny that is not available for some other part of the health service or, indeed, some other part of … Continue reading

There’s a lot to learn from cancer vaccination saga

Published in the Sunday Independent on 17th January, 2010 This long overdue cervical cancer plan will save lives — but many will miss out. The decision by the Minister for Health and Children to introduce a national cervical cancer vaccination scheme is welcome. The majority of cases of cervical cancer are caused by a virus, … Continue reading

The story behind Brian Lenihan, TV3 and me

Published in the Sunday Independent on 3rd January, 2010 The real scandal last week was that most patients get no treatment for an often fatal illness. I wish to clarify the circumstances of my interview regarding pancreatic carcinoma, an interview which TV3 News broadcast after they had made the announcement that Finance Minister Brian Lenihan … Continue reading

True loyalty put to the test with cancer vaccine vote

Published in the Sunday Independent on 16th November, 2008 Dr Jim McDaid made an honourable choice to put patients before the party line. Two doctors made me very proud of my profession last week. There are very few medical researchers whose work saves thousands of lives. Harold zur Hausen, the man who discovered that most … Continue reading

Taking the long view on cancer vaccine would save a fortune

Published in the Sunday Independent on 9th November, 2008 Poor economics is the hallmark of this latest ill-thought health policy. The tragic human toll of cervix cancer is such that there was palpable relief within the cancer community when two preventive vaccines against this virally-induced disease became available. Like many cancer specialists, I offered a … Continue reading

Taking the long view on cancer vaccine would save a fortune

Published in the Sunday Independent on 9th November 2008 Poor economics is the hallmark of this latest ill-thought health policy. The tragic human toll of cervix cancer is such that there was palpable relief within the cancer community when two preventive vaccines against this virally-induced disease became available. Like many cancer specialists, I offered a … Continue reading

Silencing the doctors will harm patients

Published in the Sunday Independent, 11 February, 2007 IN THE current climate, any senior medical specialist who expresses reservations about the patient care implications of any aspect of Health Minister Mary Harney’s proposed new consultant contract will be accused of obscuring financial self-interest behind a smokescreen of public advocacy. Despite this, I hope that commentators … Continue reading