Senator John Crown said he feared the Department of Health after the Government reshuffle would now be run as ‘a branch office of the Fine Gael election campaign’. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Legislation will be required to give effect to the Government’s decision to extend free GP care to all over-70s, the Oireachtas health committee has (...)

 Minister of State for Primary Care Alex White: said regulations to enable cannabis-based medicinal products such as Sativex to be prescribed to patients will be introduced by next week at the latest. File Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The extension of free GP care to all over-70s will not be applied retrospectively and will require legislation, the Oireachtas health committee has he(...)

Prof John Crown: said he was very troubled by a central message of the report on the deaths of babies at Portlaoise hospital.  Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A call has been made to ensure Taoiseach Enda Kenny raises the issue of the undocumented Irish and immigration re(...)

 Prof John Crown: “I have nothing but respect for the sterling work done by my nursing and medical colleagues in St Vincent’s.”

St Vincent’s hospital nursing and medical staff were “lions led by donkeys”, Independent Senator John Crown claimed as he hit out at the institution’s(...)

Senator John Crown: ‘One cannot get a better example since the first World War of lions led by donkeys.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

Ample documentation is available to show St Vincent’s private hospital administration was aware “at multiple levels” that charging the VHI for high co(...)

Independent Senator Katherine Zappone said the group’s reform proposals could be achieved by way of legislation. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Six principles to reform the Seanad will be put forward today by the group Democracy Matters, which successfully opposed its abolition in last year’s (...)

Senator John Crown (Independent) claimed women died after clinical trials at St Vincent’s private hospital were suspended. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

More than 20 women with breast cancer did not have access to potentially life-saving treatment as a result of the suspension of a drug trial following(...)

Independent Senator John Crown has accused the management and board of St Vincent’s Hospital of a “cover-up” of fraud at the facility by deliberately charging health insurers for medicines it received free. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Women died from breast cancer after clinical trials at St Vincent’s private hospital were suspended in a cover-up of a €1 million fraud at the medical(...)

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) said it was unaware that the Institute of Economic Affairs, which held a debate on smoking in the college’s premises at Kildare Street in Dublin on Wednesday night, receives support from British American Tobacco.

One of the Republic’s leading medical organisations that campaigns against smoking has admitted it rented out its premises this week for a debate orga(...)

David Norris thundered that government “lies” and “half-truths” about saving money are shocking. In fact, he reckoned that, when everything was added up and taken into account, abolishing the Seanad could cost in the region of €150 million.

Their poor little faces. Some unkind people started muttering about turkeys before Christmas. We preferred to think of nicely fattened veal calves abo(...)