Outgoing IMO president Dr Ray Walley. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ireland is “woefully unprepared” for a major emergency and the health service would be unable to cope with such an event, the Irish Medical Organisati(...)

Outgoing Minister for Health Leo Varadkar asked to attend the IMO conference and will address delegates in Sligo. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Doctors are calling for the mandatory reporting of all injuries incurred by students playing sports in school. Dr Ray Walley, president of the Irish(...)

 IMO president Dr Ray Walley said the health budget for this year was inadequate.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Doctors have expressed alarm at a potential health service funding crisis later in the year. The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) said it warned the(...)

Dr Darach Ó Ciardha, Jobstown family practice, Tallaght, Dublin with (on screen) Mary O’Brien, co-founder and chief executive, of VideoDoc at the official launch of online video consultations for patients in Tallaght, Dublin.

There have been many false dawns, but 2016 looks like being the year telemedicine becomes a reality for thousands of Irish patients. The technology t(...)

IMO president Dr Ray Walley. The organisation said more than 1,000 GPs emigrated to the UK between 2009 and 2013.  Photograph: Fennell Photography

Family doctors are leaving for the UK at a rate of one a day because of poor working conditions in the Irish health service, the Irish Medical Organis(...)

Dr William Behan, Walkinstown: “You’re dealing with more trivial illnesses, or illnesses at an earlier stage.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

There was the boy with the sniffle; the mother who brought her baby to the doctor on the childminder’s say-so; the parents looking for a cert so their(...)

“Using the private sector to make up for the absence of beds in the public system is a backward step,” said the chair of the Irish Medical Organisation’s GP committee Dr Ray Walley. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Mater hospital in Dublin plans to reduce overcrowding in its emergency department this winter by diverting excess patients to private hospitals.(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. File  photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Staff in hospitals could ultimately have to foot the bill themselves in reduced terms and conditions to meet the cost of bringing in highly-paid priva(...)

The recruitment embargo introduced by the HSE in 2009 meant there were  no staff jobs in the health service for the 1,500 nurses and 727 doctors graduating each year. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The recruitment embargo introduced by the HSE in 2009 meant there were absolutely no staff jobs in the health service for the 1,500 nurses and 727 (...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin: “I am very confident that the deal is on course to be accepted.”

The Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin has said he is “confident” trade union Siptu will accept the proposed new public service pay deal. (...)