Senator John Crown said he feared the Department of Health after the Government reshuffle would now be run as ‘a branch office of the Fine Gael election campaign’. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Crown proposes that non-smokers could be given discount on health insurance

The regulations will permit the prescribing of cannabis-based medicines to relieve muscle spasm symptoms in people with multiple sclerosis.  Photograph: Michel Porro/Getty Images

Minister of State to allow prescription of medicines to help people with MS

 Minister of State for Primary Care Alex White: said regulations to enable cannabis-based medicinal products such as Sativex to be prescribed to patients will be introduced by next week at the latest. File Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Reilly promises ‘sickest and most vulnerable’ will be benefit from free GP care

 Joan Burton: surprise move was agreed in discussions between Taoiseach Enda Kenny and new Tánaiste and Labour Party leader Joan Burton about key policy priorities in the run-up to a Cabinet reshuffle.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Enda Kenny says he will not be rushed into deal with Joan Burton on Cabinet reshuffle

A survey of 650 GP clinics has shown the cost of a visit varies from €30 to €65 across the State.

Survey of 650 clinics shows Dublin, Wicklow, Kildare most costly with Leitrim and Meath least

The site of the proposed National Children’s Hospital, at St James’s Hospital, Dublin. The brief is to create a “world-standard” children’s hospital similar in scale and quality to similar facilities in Australia and New Zealand. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Architectural firm chosen from shortlist of six to design €650 million hospital

John Pollock, project director at the site of the proposed national children’s hospital at St James’s Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Project director John Pollock gives tour of site and defends location at St James's

Minister for Health James Reilly: Intends to equalise the waiting periods that apply when people sign up for health insurance

Q&A: New loading system explained

Minister for Health Dr James Reilly has introduced a new insurance ‘loading’ system. Photograph: Frank Miller

First-time insurance subscribers to face 2% per year penalty after May 2015

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