Report says many people are critical either of universal health insurance in principle or of the particular model which has been put forward. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Many members of the public fear Government plans to introduce universal health insurance could cost them money or lead to them losing existing benefi(...)

The Department of Health said Minister for Health Leo Varadkar would bring proposals to Cabinet regarding the next steps. Photograph: Alan Betson

The prospects for the Government’s ambitious and controversial plans to introduce universal health insurance (UHI) have taken a further blow on foot o(...)

Healthcare professionals will remain in charge of decisions on patient treatment under the Government’s plans for universal health insurance. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Healthcare professionals rather than insurance firms will remain in charge of decisions on patient treatment under the Government’s plans for univers(...)

Proposals to severely restrict the awarding of discretionary medical cards by the HSE were put forward for consideration by ministers as early as the (...)

 The former chief executive of the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group Nicholas Jermyn:  was reappointed  last  summer to a new post of director of strategy.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The HSE has asked the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group to confirm that all “irregular” payments to senior staff have now stopped.In a letter sent last w(...)

The Government is considering plans for “social dialogue” with trade unions and employers aimed at reaching an agreement on issues such as wage increa(...)

Nurses in hospitals across the country have been voting to hold industrial action as overcrowding in hospital sees hundreds of patients confined to trolleys.

If the provision of more hospital beds and more staff was the solution to overcrowding in emergency departments the problem would have resolved many y(...)

The Irish Times reported on Tuesday that the confidential report commissioned by the HSE had concluded that Ireland was too rural to support an ambulance service to compare with the service in England and to meet official targets for response times.

The existing system of measuring ambulance response times should be abolished and replaced by one that focuses on the outcome for the patient, the Min(...)

Hiqa acknowledges the ageing of the ambulance fleet – one in five vehicles is over eight years old – and points to some examples of unsafe staffing levels, but it suggests major improvements could be made within existing resources –  which is  rejected by the trade union Siptu. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

A number of high-profile controversies in recent times have put Ireland’s ambulance service under serious scrutiny.They included the case of a woman ((...)

The report, by UK consultancy Lightfoot Solutions, is likely to spark controversy in rural areas, where there have been repeated rows over response times. Photographer: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Ireland is too rural to support an ambulance service to compare with the service in England and to meet official targets for response times, according(...)