The report argues that the widespread use of agency nurses in inpatient hospital units – who are often unfamiliar with patient issues and hospital processes – should be phased out. Photograph: Joerg Reimann/Getty Images

Deficiencies remain in aspects of cancer care in Ireland despite major progress in recent years, an international evaluation commissioned by the Gove(...)

The Government recently reached a deal with the Irish Medical Organisation on the provision of free GP care for children under six. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

GPs have been warned that they risk breaching competition law if they share with other doctors their intentions on the Government’s new contract fo(...)

Aer Lingus chief executive  Stephen Kavanagh at Dublin Airport. The trade union Impact has said that any assurances that the IAG aviation group has given in relation to the proposed sale of the State’s stake in Aer Lingus are worthless.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Any assurances provided by the aviation group IAG on jobs or connectivity are worthless and the Government should refuse to sell it its stake in Aer L(...)

The Government wants unions to re-affirm their commitment to industrial relations peace and the provisions for binding arbitration which were set out in the Croke Park and Haddington Road accords. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government wants public service unions to re-affirm their commitment to deal with disputes through agreed means as part of a new arrangement on pa(...)

Negotiations between trade unions and Government representatives on pay restoration for about 300,000 staff in the public service will begin in earnest this week.

Negotiations between trade unions and Government representatives on pay restoration for about 300,000 staff in the public service will begin in earnes(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said he disagreed with the original plan for the group to be part of the HSE structure. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

  The Department of Health last year halted preparations for the establishment of a new patient safety/advocacy body – one of the key reco(...)

The official maximum waiting times or targets range from 20 weeks to one year. ‘Now there are over 50,000 patients for whom these waiting times have been breached,’ wrote Leo  Varadkar

There are 50,000 people now waiting longer for hospital appointments, procedures and tests than official targets set out by the HSE. The figure was re(...)

A source confirmed that “strengthened measures” for industrial relations were being discussed. Photograph: Getty Images

The Government is considering tabling proposals aimed at avoiding strikes and industrial disputes across the public service in exchange for pay restor(...)

Mmbers of SIPTU and NBRU on strike at Phibsboro station earlier this month.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Under the new proposals to end the bus dispute the Government’s controversial plans to put out to tender some routes operated by State transport compa(...)

Kieran Mulvey, chief executive of the Labour Relations Commission attends talks in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government has no plans to deregulate the entire bus market but the process of putting out to tender 10 per cent of Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann rou(...)