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(...)

The Hiqa report criticises the lack of coordination between the National Ambulance Service and the Dublin Fire Service. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Many people who call an ambulance should be treated on the phone or by paramedics rather than being taken to hospital, according to a major report (...)

The graves of Ebola victims in  Sierra Leone. Photograph: Concern Worldwide

It may be a long way from the carefully tended plots of Glasnevin Cemetery to the chaos of burial in Ebola-ravaged Sierra Leone, but Ireland’s expe(...)

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD): used in conjunction with IVF to screen embryos for specific genetic disorders before they are implanted into a woman to try to achieve  a pregancy. Photograph: Bill Davis/Newsday

Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin, stopped referring patients abroad for a controversial reproductive treatment after receiving leg(...)

Philip Watt,  chairman of the Medical Research Charities Group.   “The Department of Health must ensure that accurate adequate warnings are distributed as quickly as possible.”   Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Patient groups have urged the Department of Health to avoid “another thalidomide” by imposing stricter warnings on a drug commonly used to treat epi(...)

Almost 200 cases of bowel cancer have been detected since a national screening programme began last year, according to early results.But it is too soo(...)

A file image of Dr Ray Walley, chairman of the GP committee of the IMO. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Ireland and other European countries are experiencing a “silent epidemic” of superbugs caused by rising resistance to antibiotics, a conference on pri(...)

The Irish Dental Association has criticised the closure of a HSE-run children’s dental clinic at St James’s Hospital. The clinic provided care (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has claimed  the country was now in “a different space” from the situation a few years ago, when unemployment and interest rates soared as 250,000 lost their jobs.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Irish health service should introduce a policy of having no waiting lists and incentivise staff to achieve this goal, a conference on health servi(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar with  Minister of State Kathleen Lynch and  secretary general of the Department of Health Tim Breslin  during the press conference  yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar is resisting calls for a reduction in the €2.50 per item prescription charge in next month’s budget.The St Vincent de(...)