Minister for Health Leo Varadkar told the Oireachtas health committe that the problem with the Fair Deal scheme is that it is budget-capped. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/ The Irish Times.

The number of people waiting to access the Fair Deal scheme has tripled since the start of the year, prompting claims that the system of funding nu(...)

The IMO described the HSE’s reversal on the level of savings to be made under medical card probity tests from €113 million to €23 million as a “u-turn” which “undermines the HSE’s credibility on financial issues”.

The HSE service plan for 2014 has been described as an “austerity charter” by the Irish Medical Organisation which says the proposed budget is not ade(...)

Health groups have called for a 60c increase in the price of a pack of cigarettes in next month’s Budget.The Irish Cancer Society and Irish Heart Foun(...)

More than 250 jobs in nursing homes throughout the State remain unfilled, according to a recent study by Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI). The majority of (...)

With demand rising and the State picking up most of the tab, the business of providing long-term residential care for older people should be a rare gr(...)

A confidential Government report  showed  just 10 of the 109 public nursing homes meet new standards to be enforced by the Health Information and Quality Authority in 2015.

“Massive work” costing possibly hundreds of millions of euro will be needed to upgrade State-run nursing homes , according to Minister of State with r(...)