The health service has  2,669 whole-time equivalent employees above the employment target.  Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Department of Health and HSE say service told to reduce number of whole-time employees

Chairman of the IMO’s GP committee Dr Ray Walley: “Over 150 new GPs qualify each year, yet we are seeing no increase in the numbers of GPs practising here.” Photograph: Eric Luke

IMO says Department of Health data is misleading

Leo Varadkar: his department warned it could not operate the public health system safely if further  cuts were imposed. Photograph: Alan Betson

Taoiseach says no decisions have been made on health spending in budget

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar:  said to have told a private meeting at the Fine Gael “think-in” in Co Cork on Thursday that the true level of his department’s budget adjustment in 2014 is €900 million. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Department warns emergency departments would close at night

Department says there is no capacity to safely operate the health service next year with less money than was provided by the exchequer in 2014.

Report says health needs €500 million more

Former minister for health James Reilly agreed in a memo at the end of June that the cutbacks should remain in place. Photograph: Frank Miller

Department of Health report says more GPs working in State schemes than before

James Reilly: Fianna Fáil said the revelations  raised questions about his  continued presence in the Cabinet.   Photograph: Frank Miller

Briefing material given to new Minister forHealth Leo Varadkar said proposals were “unworkable”

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: recently presented  with a “number of solutions to address the affordability issues facing health insurance customers”.   Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Companies warn stamp duty not only driver of cost increases

Hospital consultants are the largest group of high-earners in the public service, and it had been argued by some commentators and politicians that Irish consultants’ salaries were out of line with those internationally.  Photogroph: Thinkstock

It can be argued that the Government’s decision to cut the pay rate of consultants has backfired

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