The roll-out of the national bowel cancer screening programme has been accompanied by lengthening waiting lists for essential tests

Too early to say if initiative is saving lives as not clear what stage cancers have reached

Philip Watt,  chairman of the Medical Research Charities Group.   “The Department of Health must ensure that accurate adequate warnings are distributed as quickly as possible.”   Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Use of valproate in pregnancy linked to developmental problems in children

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: “These measures will take some time to work . . . this means  the numbers are likely to get worse over the next few months before they get better.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

371,829 people waiting for outpatient appointment, the ninth consecutive month in which list has grown

Vast majority of 250,000 tests normal but 5 per cent require colonoscopy

Prof Frank Murray, incoming president of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. Photograph:  Fergal Phillips

The new president of the Royal College of Physicians wants to reform the way Ireland sells alcohol

A file image of Dr Ray Walley, chairman of the GP committee of the IMO. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Antibiotic use in Irish nursing homes is twice as high as any other country in Europe

Under new measures, greater account will have to be taken of the medical costs of a person’s condition where medical cards are being assessed.

New system envisages greater use of ‘discretion and humanity’ in certain cases

Bimbo Paden (42) who is from the Philippines, was found guilty on two charges of professional misconduct at a fitness to practise hearing before the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. Photograph: James Connolly / PicSell

Nurse found guilty of having placed surgical tape over mouth of highly dependent patient

Tom Arnold:   ‘Many poor countries are suffering the double burden of undernutrition and a growing obesity problem.’ Photograph: Frank Miller

Concern’s former head Tom Arnold talks about a global goal of zero hunger

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