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 Maternity ultrasound in the Republic of Ireland 2016: a review

Hayes-Ryan et al report on the availability of fetal anomaly ultrasound scanning in the 19 Irish obstetric units.  The service is offered routinely in 7/19 (37%) Units, selectively in 7/19 (37%) Units, and never in 5/19 (26%) Units. There is a marked geographical variation with 100% availability in Dublin and a 38% availability outside Dublin. The authors point to the current deficiencies in obstetric ultrasound.

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Opportunity costs in paediatric training: the specialist registrars experience

O’Neill et al surveyed the career aspirations and work/life balance of 53 paediatric SpRs.  The majority (86%) had a definite career plan.  86% intended undertaking fellowship training.  74% stated that the training was undertaken at a significant personal cost.  50% experienced negative feelings which lingered after work.  The authors that trainees would benefit from more communication and counseling when required.

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The uptake of human papillomavirus vaccine in Irish schools: the impact of disadvantage

Migone et al report on the HPV vaccine Gardasil uptake in 577 schools.  The uptake was 83.7%.  Disadvantaged schools had lower uptakes 79.4%.  The authors point out that high HPV vaccine uptake is important to ensure that inequalities in cervical cancer morbidity and mortality are addressed.

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IMOFS July - August 2017

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