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. (...)

IMO president Dr Ray Walley and  Minister for Health  Leo Varadkar at the IMO annual conference in  Kilkenny. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

The proposed deal to provide free family doctor care to all children under six has divided doctors, with the plan being rejected by the National Asso(...)

Dr Ray Walley said universal health care was “a philosophy which believes that everybody in this country is entitled to adequate, affordable and high quality healthcare”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Government’s plans for universal health insurance would represent just another tax, the new president of the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) Dr R(...)

The proposed new deal to provide free family doctor care to all children under six represents a first step on the road back to a sustainable and viable general practice system, the chairman of the Irish Medical Organisation’s GP committee has said.

The proposed new deal to provide free family doctor care to all children under six was rejected by the National Association of General Practitioners(...)

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(...)

Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) past president Asam Ishtiaq told the conference that doctors are being denied their constitutional presumption of innocence at disciplinary hearings. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times/File photo

Doctors brought before disciplinary hearings of the Medical Council are being denied the Constitutional presumption of innocence, the annual conferenc(...)