Cyclists take part in the Mallorca 312, a long-distance circumnavigation of the island by bike. Photographs: Mallorca312.com

‘This,” says one of my lycra-clad colleagues, “is what cycling is made for.” He waves a gloved hand in the direction of the sky (perfect blue), the(...)

 Tony O’Brien, director general of the HSE, leaving the Dáil following the  Oireachtas health committee. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

HSE director general Tony O’Brien is to meet RTÉ director general Noel Curran over allegations the HSE tried to suppress last year’s Prime Time progr(...)

The National Treatment Purchase Fund has said that the  number of patients waiting for an outpatient appointment has risen to a new record of more than 412,000. File photograph: Thinkstock

The number of patients waiting for an outpatient appointment has risen to a new record of more than 412,000.The backlog of patients waiting for day-ca(...)

GP members of the Irish Medical Organisation are meeting in Kilkenny today to discuss the Government’s long- planned scheme for free GP care for children aged under six, due to come into effect in July.

GP members of the Irish Medical Organisation are meeting in Kilkenny today to discuss the Government’s long- planned scheme for free GP care for child(...)

The Coombe hospital in Dublin. It balked at taking on the Portlaoise task without extra staff and resources

A plan to place maternity services at the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise under the control of one of the big Dublin maternity hospitals has(...)

Aviva is promoting GP consultations for their members via smartphone while the VHI has teamed up with an online service through which customers can get prescriptions. Photograph: Getty Images

The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has called on the Government to stop health insurers offering their customers access to doctors by phone or video(...)

A HSE audit has found 13 ‘significant incidents’ where a breech birth was diagnosed in advanced labour in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda between May 2012 and June 2014.  File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Thirteen “significant incidents” where a breech birth was diagnosed in advanced labour occurred in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda over a two(...)

Upgrading a helipad at Galway University Hospitals ended up costing several times the original estimate, according to an audit report by the Health Service Executive.

Upgrading a helipad at Galway University Hospitals ended up costing several times the original estimate, according to an audit report by the Health S(...)

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has decided to make a life-saving Soliris drug available to Irish patients despite criticising its “exorbitant” and ‘astronomical’ cost.

A life-saving drug which costs about €430,000 per patient annually is to be made available in Ireland, even though the Health Service Executive (HSE) (...)

Three times a week Owen Kelleher spent four hours hooked up to a machine that performed the functions his kidneys were no longer capable of. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

They refer to it, simply, as “the call”. For the 550 people on the waiting list for a kidney transplant it’s the moment the hospital rings to say a do(...)