IMO president Professor Trevor Duffy: said professionals in the health services now believe the situation is at a critical point. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Doctors call for increased health funding, abolition of prescription charge

Portlaoise hospital: the report says the hospital is “not set up to provide safe acute and elective surgery”. Photograph: James Flynn/AP.

Urgent correction and reconfiguration is needed, according to unpublished review

University Hospital Galway: management confirmed that lack of privacy is an issue, and that some patients have experienced “difficulties”. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Nurses protest over ‘unacceptable conditions’ at University Hospital Galway

The Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise: Despite concerns raised in the review about the safety of services, the HSE said  there was no threat to existing facilities at the hospital.

Unpublished review says 24-hour department should be replaced by daytime local injury clinic

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin gave a “helpful and important update” on the Budget to Cabinet this morning, Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has confirmed.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Government says its ‘monitoring’ referendum in Scotland

A person receives a test for diabetes during a free medical clinic in California. Ireland has the worst standard of diabetes care in western Europe, according to a new international comparison. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Index ranks Ireland lowest in western Europe for diabetes care and data collection

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar with  Minister of State Kathleen Lynch and  secretary general of the Department of Health Tim Breslin  during the press conference  yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister resists calls for abolition of charge despite claims patients can’t afford it

Two out of three doctors say they have seen their income reduced by at least 20 per cent in the last three years, while 69 per cent say they have struggled to meet normal expenses. Photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA

Emigration has been considered by half of those who responded to survey of GPs

The Irish Haemophilia Society has called for early access to new treatments for 350 seriously ill patients with Hepatitis C. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Group says 350 Hepatitis C patients urgently need new therapies to stay alive

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