The Medical Protection website notes that 'soundalike and lookalike drug pairs . . . have been involved in errors and near misses in Irish hospitals'.

According to James Joyce “a man’s errors are his portals of discovery”, and in medicine, health professionals are faced with more “portals of discover(...)

Dr Blánaid Hayes,the dean of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine at the RCPI, speaking at the annual conference of the Irish Medical Organisation. Photograph: Shane O’Neill

Nearly one in three hospital doctors are suffering from burnout, the annual conference of the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has been told. Dr Blán(...)

Toxic work environments not only affect physicians, but nursing staff and other healthcare professionals, with implications for public health

Recent evidence documents the growing problem of physician burnout in Ireland, affecting many doctors and thus, indirectly, their patients. What is b(...)

Some windows of the Pirelli tower in Milan, Italy, are lighted to write the words ‘Stop Aids’, to commemorate the World Day of the Fight against Aids on December 1st. Photograph:  Marco Bertorello /AFP/Getty Images

It’s nearly 40 years since the world was shaken by the outbreak of a “plague” that started in the gay community in America and quickly became the most(...)

High levels of sugar consumption during pregnancy doubled the chances of a child developing allergic asthma, according to a UK study. Photograph: iStock

High levels of sugar consumption during pregnancy doubled the chances of a child developing allergic asthma, according to a UK study of almost 9,000 m(...)

The Road Safety Authority said its statistics showed “elderly drivers were not over-represented in crash statistics”

Claims by a judge that the growing number of elderly drivers on the road poses a danger to motorists are “ageist” and “just wrong”, road safety expert(...)

Study involved almost 9,000 Irish children. Photograph: iStock

Children who are given antibiotics frequently are far more likely to become overweight and obese, according to new Irish research. Birth by Caesarean (...)

A new report   published by the  HSE  earlier this year  was developed “to improve and standardise bereavement care provided to families in the aftermath of a maternal death”. Photograph: Getty

While all untimely deaths are tragic, the death of a new mother in pregnancy or the post-natal period carries a particular poignancy. The tragedy is f(...)

Four out of five doctors reported going to work at times when they were ill or injured, with one in three experiencing burnout, a study has found. File photograph: Getty Images

One in three doctors working in Ireland have experienced burnout while one in 10 say they have suffered severe levels of depression, anxiety and stres(...)

Tony O’Brien said his role as chief executive and chairman of the state’s largest organisation broke every rule of corporate governance and needed legislative reform. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne

The health service will not survive the next five years in its present form without major reform, the director general of the Health Service Executive(...)

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