A central lab in Ireland would mean having the flexibility to reassign staff and resources to deal with problems when they become acute.

What happens to the samples you give in hospital? Patients are routinely asked to give samples of urine, sputum and blood. After a few hours, or somet(...)

Ms Justice Mary Irvine  said it was particularly tragic that Elaine Lennon (above) had sustained her injuries at a time when she and her partner were about to embark upon life as parents to their daughter Claudia. Photograph: Collins Courts

A former opera singer who is severely disabled following failures to properly diagnose the cause of her headaches has been awarded some €755,000 to(...)

The Cabinet has decided to reinstate of thousands of discretionary medical cards which were withdrawn during the recent review process.

Some 15,000 people with serious medical conditions who lost discretionary medical cards after an eligibility review will have them returned following (...)

Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte has been criticised for his view that eligibility for medical cards should continue to be based solely on means. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

 The Cabinet will decide today on proposals for the reinstatement of thousands of discretionary medical cards withdrawn during the recent revi(...)

Dr James Reilly: to present Ministers with a number of options for restoring the cards which have been withdrawn in recent months. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Health James Reilly is to table proposals at Cabinet tomorrow for the reinstatement of thousands of discretionary medical cards withdraw(...)

 Minister for Health James Reilly:  said last month  that a HSE review found the procurement of services from the consultancy was not in accordance with financial regulations. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin has called on the Government to publish the findings of a HSE review into how a private consultancy, part-owned by the chairman of a region(...)

Many people overlook the serious direct and indirect impacts of men’s sexual health. Some conditions are specific to men, but many are intrinsically r(...)

Health spokesman Caomhghín Ó Caolaín called on Minister for Health James Reilly to explain his role in the appointment of Noel Daly as chair of the hospital group. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

The appointment of a consultancy part-owned by the chairman of a hospital group to carry out a review of local maternity services breached HSE financ(...)

Medisec provides insurance for doctors, and last night it warned that Government’s recently drafted proposal goes “beyond the scope and range of cover” of its policies.

The Government’s plans to extend free GP care to all children under-six could invalidate doctors’ insurance and expose them to the risk of legal ac(...)

The uptake of the MMR vaccine in children aged 24 months has increased to 93 per cent. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Some 93 per cent of children in Ireland have received the MMR vaccine by two years of age, a “marked” improvement on previous years, the HSE’s (...)