Rita Doyle

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The Irish health system has never made any plans for the increased feminisation of medicine.

Doctors are being abused and bullied, and are shown a lack of respect, the head of the Medical Council has said. President of the council Dr Rita Doy(...)

 Dr Rita Doyle, president of the Medical Council with the council’s CEO Bill Prasifka and it’s research manager Janet O’Farrell  at the publication of The Medical Workforce Intelligence Report for 2018. Photograph: Maxwell Photography

The reliance of Ireland’s health system on overseas doctors has risen to record levels, new figures show. Doctors trained outside Ireland account for(...)

Pregabalin is used to treat epilepsy, neuropathic pain, fibromyalgia and generalized anxiety disorder. Photograph: iStock

The recent statement by the Medical Council warning of the potential dangers of prescribing benzodiazepines and related drugs is a surprise. Normally (...)

A warning from the Medical Council about the overprescribing of anxiety and sleeping medicines, has been welcomed by GPs. File photograph: Getty Images

A warning from the Medical Council about the overprescribing of anxiety and sleeping medicines, has been welcomed by GPs. Dr Tom O’Dowd, former profe(...)

The Medical Council said that inappropriate prescribing is ‘having a significant impact on patient safety and wellbeing’. File photograph: Getty

The Medical Council has warned doctors to reduce prescribing of benzodiazepines, Z-drugs and Pregabalin or face potential disciplinary investigation. (...)

Bill Prasifka,  Dr Rita Doyle  and Paul Harkin are pictured at the launch of the Medical Council’s five-year strategy. Photograph: Maxwell’s

The length of time patients are spending on waiting lists is “morally wrong” and “not ethical”, the president of the Medical Council has said. Dr Rit(...)

The Medical Council has issued revised ethical guidance for doctors following the introduction of abortion legislation earlier this year. A new versi(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: Bray GP Rita Doyle tweeted  “would you wait and watch your father deteriorate before your eyes because he could not afford private healthcare?” Photograph:  Virginia Mayo/File Photo

The president of the Medical Council has publicly rebuked Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Simon Harris over the difficulties doctors ex(...)

More than 40 per cent of trainee medics report being bullied or harrassed in the workplace, with more than one third working 60 hours or more a week

There is an unaddressed bullying problem within the Irish health service with trainee doctors bearing the brunt of a failure to address the issue, the(...)

Revised Labour Court proposal: “Among the key recommendations are significant pay improvements, which offer the prospect of better nurse retention as well as a carrot to attract home nursing graduates who have opted to work abroad.” File photograph: Getty

Could the tide be slowly turning for our beleaguered public health system? Recent developments offer some hope, albeit no certainty, for the future. (...)

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