Savita Halappanavar died one week after she was admitted to University Hospital Galway when she was 17 weeks pregnant and miscarrying in late 2012. File photograph: The Irish Times

Leo Varadkar says recommendations drawn up to improve hospital performance

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar, Prof  Frank Keane,   and Minister for Primary and Social Care Kathleen Lynch at the announcement of changes to the medical card system. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Message from review group report is: if system isn’t broke, don’t fix it

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has announced major changes to the medical card system to make the processing of applications more sensitive to the needs of people with serious illnesses. File photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Major medical card changes announced by Leo Varadkar

One-quarter of new medicines introduced into the Irish market are rejected for re-imbursement under the State-funded drug schemes, a conference has heard. Image: Getty.

Conference told innovative medicines must provide ‘real value for fair prices’

The graves of Ebola victims in  Sierra Leone. Photograph: Concern Worldwide

Glasnevin Trust and Concern join forces to ensure safe and dignified burials

 Drug companies will have to disclose payments made to doctors and other healthcare professionals. Photograph: Getty Images

Rules to bring ‘greater transparency’ to the industry

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD): used in conjunction with IVF to screen embryos for specific genetic disorders before they are implanted into a woman to try to achieve  a pregancy. Photograph: Bill Davis/Newsday

Referrals abroad for controversial IVF treatment thought to be in violation of Constitution

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

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