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The suspended doctor has been on the Medical Council’s specialist register for a number of years, with five years’ specialist training in radiology from the faculty of radiology in the Royal College of Surgeons or elsewhere abroad

The radiologist at the centre of the Kerry hospital controversy, a graduate of an Irish university, signed off on some 46,000 reports over 16 months w(...)

Izzy Dezu from his Facebook page. The teenager collapsed and died while playing for Shelbourne FC in a Dublin and District Schoolboys League football match this week

From bystanders’ description of events, it seems likely that Izzy Dezu (16), who collapsed and died while playing for Shelbourne FC in a Dublin and Di(...)

'One in four people will experience mental illness.'

Mental health matters to everyone but discussion of the topic is commonly undermined by myths and misunderstandings. Some of these myths have persiste(...)

Hospital consultants consider the reallocation of funds from hospital to general practice as a key development in addressing the problems in the health system. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The health service requires an additional half a billion euro a year of transitional funding over 10 years to move to a properly functioning primary c(...)

Why are we continuing what I and many other doctors consider a barbaric practice?

When it works, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is one of the most satisfying medical interventions. Whether by trained volunteers on a playing fie(...)

“The fact is, it’s not possible to feel every single person’s pain and be useful citizens.” Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

A family spends nearly a week chasing down the result of a biopsy. The man who holds the potentially life-changing information is the surgeon, a senio(...)

Do I have a cold? The flu? A virus? Or...what?

I am sitting in the office with at least 10 balled up tissues beside me. There are another 20 in the bin. It’s just as well I bought the man-size box(...)

Hand in glove: more than 3,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in Ireland every year.  Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto Hand in glove: more than 3,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in Ireland every year.  Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Visits to the doctor sometimes involves an inspection of a bodily orifice. Having an otoscope placed in your ears isn’t too bad; while for some of us(...)

“We urgently need to engage in a national debate about the controlled distribution of scarce resources.” Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Be afraid, be very afraid. That is the message to current and future patients following an extraordinary decision, since rescinded, by a clinical comm(...)

Nephrologist Dr Joel Topf speaking at the dotMed conference.  Photograph: Richard Walshe

What do a novelist and playwright, a comic artist and writer, a photographer, a medical ethicist and a social media expert have in common? They are al(...)

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