Tuesday 17 October 2017

Eilis O'Hanlon: Caring profession that seems to care about itself first

Eilis O'Hanlon

Visit the Irish Medical Times website and the first thing that appears is a box saying: "This site is aimed at healthcare professionals. Are you a healthcare professional?" Being the honest kind, and assuming on my visit that the question was merely there for research purposes to ascertain who was using the service, I clicked No.

Another box then popped up, declaring: "This site contains information, news and advice for healthcare professionals. You have informed us that you are not a healthcare professional and therefore we are unable to provide you with access to this site."

Naturally, I just angrily deleted all my tracking cookies, returned to the Irish Medical Times website, and this time lied. Hey presto, I was allowed in.

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