Category Archives: Health

Clusters and Groups

While I was having my mini-break from this blog there were two major initiatives announced – one in Education and one in Health. Both initiatives were deemed to be “transformational”, the new buzzword that along with “leverage”, “foster” and “harness” … Continue reading

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Thank God for Research

I met one of my colleagues on the stairs just before Christmas and he just turned to me and said “I hate this f***ing job!” Of course, he didn’t mean all of it – he meant the teaching and the … Continue reading

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Research and Hospitals – who benefits?

The proposed location for the National Children’s hospital is in the news a lot these days. Every possible site seems to have its advantages and disadvantages. The argument that the hospital should be co-located with a major research centre has … Continue reading

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A few random comments

I have spent the whole day setting exam questions and I’m brain dead. So for light relief (for me at least), here are some thoughts………….. Continuous Assessment Only for the fact that I wish to be cremated (when dead!), I … Continue reading

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PhDs, Repeats, Research Ethics and other stuff

I’ve been involved with the examining of a number of PhD and Masters theses recently. I’ve seen some worrying trends. I saw a serious lack of basic knowledge and skills that one would have thought were core to the project. … Continue reading

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Changes to HSE

Depressing to see that the best the Minister (for Health) can come up with is to reorganise the HSE.  This is typical of how we go about trying to solve problems in this country. We create new structures. No real … Continue reading

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