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.
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.
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.