Fewer nurses caring for more patients increases likelihood of death, see here for column from Medical Independent from 21 March 2014. (more…)
Doctors move to ensure the Minister’s primary care ‘Trojan horse’ falls at the first fence, see here my column from the Medical Independent from 6 March 2014 (more…)
Reductions in waiting lists achieved by throwing resources at the problem is not a sustainable solution. Here is my Medical Independent column from 20 February 2014.
The work of the Public Accounts Committee may finally lead to some proper oversight of how our health system operates. Here is my column from Medical Independent from 6 February 2014. (more…)
When my mum had a fall before Christmas, I was impressed by the prompt and competent care at the ED. My column from 9 January 2014.
I never write about personal matters or experiences; I am just not that type of journalist. However, on a Saturday afternoon before Christmas, I ended up with my mum in St Vincent’s Hospital’s emergency department (ED). She got excellent care in good time, and so I thought I should write about a good public health system experience. (more…)
Here is my column from 19 December 2013.
The biggest challenge in healthcare is to translate the evidence base into clinical practice that results in good patient experience and better health. This was the core message of Prof Lord Ara Darzi, Professor of Surgery and a previous Junior Minister for Health in England. He was in Dublin recently to be made a member of the Royal Irish Academy and spoke on innovation in heathcare. (more…)