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(...)

New standards essentially require nursing homes to move from providing multi-occupancy wards with shared toilets to single and double rooms with en-suites. But many public nursing homes are located in older institutional building that are expensive to convert. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

More than 2,500 beds in public nursing homes may have to be closed from July because they fail to meet strict new accommodation standards set by the S(...)

Mainly on the plain: happy hares in Spain. Illustration: Michael Viney

Well – why not happy hares in Spain, frisking mainly on the plain? It’s January, time for that sort of thing. Besides, I was given a truffle tree for (...)

Callers to the Dublin Fire Brigade have been left needlessly waiting up to eight minutes on the phone for an ambulance because of “convoluted” interna(...)