A number of “very strange people” are advertising themselves as psychotherapists and counsellors and can do “real harm”, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has warned. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

A number of “very strange people” are advertising themselves as psychotherapists and counsellors and can do “real harm”, Minister for Health Leo Varad(...)

Minister Leo Varadkar said additional money was being provided for community beds, under the fair deal scheme, to free hospitals of the current level of delayed discharges.

Hospital managers and chief financial officers were told by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar to “get to grips’’ with administration in the coming mont(...)

The Psychiatric Nurses’ Association has become the latest union to reject calls by Government ministers for increased productivity in return for pay increases.

The Psychiatric Nurses’ Association has become the latest union to reject calls by Government ministers for increased productivity in return for pay i(...)

‘Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin insisted he had not found recent comments by Fine Gael Ministers about increased productivity being the quid pro quo for pay rises in any way unhelpful.’

Fine Gael and Labour Government Ministers are “at one” in relation to their approach to pay restoration for public sector workers, according to Minist(...)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton has said any public sector pay deal must include reforms to work practices. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Comments from Fine Gael politicians suggesting that any reversals to public sector pay cuts must be accompanied by measures to increase productivity (...)

Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone has been selected to contest the Dublin West constituency for Fine Gael with Minister for Health Leo Varadkar in the general election. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar and Senator Catherine Noone have been selected to contest the Dublin West constituency for Fine Gael in the general e(...)

IMO president Dr Ray Walley and  Minister for Health  Leo Varadkar at the IMO annual conference in  Kilkenny. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

The proposed deal to provide free family doctor care to all children under six has divided doctors, with the plan being rejected by the National Asso(...)

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. “The time has come for pay restoration but we don’t want to lose the productivity gains from Croke Park and Haddington Road. If anything, we’d like more.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

MARTIN WALL Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said “outdated” work practices in the health sector will have to end in return for any pay restorati(...)

A welcome start

The Government’s agreement with the Irish Medical Organisation to provide free family doctor care for children aged under six has been heralded as a “(...)

Dr Ray Walley said universal health care was “a philosophy which believes that everybody in this country is entitled to adequate, affordable and high quality healthcare”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Government’s plans for universal health insurance would represent just another tax, the new president of the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) Dr R(...)