Chairman of the IMO’s GP committee Dr Ray Walley: “Over 150 new GPs qualify each year, yet we are seeing no increase in the numbers of GPs practising here.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Organisations representing doctors have taken issue with the Department of Health over its claims that there is no evidence of a mass exodus of GPs f(...)

Leo Varadkar: his department warned it could not operate the public health system safely if further  cuts were imposed. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said a controversial menu of health cuts submitted to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform represented(...)

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar:  said to have told a private meeting at the Fine Gael “think-in” in Co Cork on Thursday that the true level of his department’s budget adjustment in 2014 is €900 million. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Almost 300 hospital beds will be closed and 2,400 fewer high-tech operations carried out next year if the Government insists on making further spendin(...)

Department says there is no capacity to safely operate the health service next year with less money than was provided by the exchequer in 2014.

The Department of Health has signalled that the health service will require additional funding of some €500 million next year from the exchequer, a(...)

Former minister for health James Reilly agreed in a memo at the end of June that the cutbacks should remain in place. Photograph: Frank Miller

There has been no mass exodus of GPs from the country as a result of the cuts to State fees and allowances put in place over recent years, the Depa(...)

James Reilly: Fianna Fáil said the revelations  raised questions about his  continued presence in the Cabinet.   Photograph: Frank Miller

The Department of Health has said it told the former Minister for Health, and current Minister for Children, James Reilly that more work was needed on(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: recently presented  with a “number of solutions to address the affordability issues facing health insurance customers”.   Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A number of health insurance companies have welcomed proposals by the Minister for Health for a freeze on premium increases in return for no increase(...)

Hospital consultants are the largest group of high-earners in the public service, and it had been argued by some commentators and politicians that Irish consultants’ salaries were out of line with those internationally.  Photogroph: Thinkstock

The number of doctors who are appointed to consultant posts in hospitals around the State is the number that will determine whether the recent talks o(...)

James Reilly: . A spokesman for the former minister for health said: “In keeping with agreed Government policy, Minister Reilly was implementing a radical reform plan to end the current unfair two-tier health system.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Radical reform proposals for the health service criticised by senior Department of Health officials were in keeping with agreed Government policy, a (...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar:    intends to  seek a deal with insurers that would link a freeze on Government stamp duty to insurers holding off on further price increases. Photograph: David Sleator

The Government’s reform plans for the private health insurance market can be seen as an attempt to stabilise a sector which has been in turmoil over r(...)