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

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

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