Dr Reilly said in children, “exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke is a recognised risk factor for the development of asthmatic symptoms and increased the risk of other illnesses”. File photograph: Bloomberg

The European Commission has made “no negative comment” on Ireland’s legislation to introduce plain packaging on cigarette packets, Minister for Childr(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has been asked to clarify whether pressure was being placed on health staff to manipulate waiting lists. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Department of Health has said it will be pursuing with the Health Service Executive what it described as “serious allegations” that waiting lists (...)

Health minister Leo Varadkar: said that when he received the costings, they would know what it would cost the exchequer, employers and individuals and they could take the debate from there. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Initial costings on universal health insurance should be available in the first quarter of next year, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar told the Dáil.(...)

Long queues: while no one is supposed to be waiting more than 12 months for an outpatient appointment, the number of such people has soared. Photograph: Katrina Wittkamp

One Irish person in 12 is on an outpatient waiting list, according to Health Service Executive figures which point to a difficult winter for Minist(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar told the Dáil, in an answer to a written parliamentary question last week, that the Health Service Executive  had recorded a net deficit of €361 million to the end of August.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Health Service Executive is heading towards a financial deficit of €510 million this year, according to the latest projections by health servic(...)

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: said people were already struggling financially, without having to pay for UHI. Photograph: Alan Betson

The decision by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar to delay the introduction of universal health insurance (UHI) has been widely welcomed.Mr Varadkar s(...)

Fianna Fáil has called for a wide-ranging debate on the publication of the earnings by GPs, dentists and other contractors from the HSE.The move comes(...)

Last year the Department of Health put in place controversial increases in private bed fees in public hospitals

Public hospitals saw an increase of nearly €30 million in the amount of income they generated from private patients as well as from statutory in-pati(...)

Minister for Health Dr James Reilly. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Minister for Health James Reilly has received the backing of the Taoiseach amid speculation that he will be moved from the Department of Health in a (...)