“The potential remains to reduce public spending on pharmaceuticals, in particular patented medicines,” according to the commission’s recommendations.  Photograph: PA Wire

The European Commission is standing over a call for Ireland to reduce spending on patented medicines, despite objections from the pharmaceutical indu(...)

‘The latest data shows a decrease in the number of nursing homes operating in Ireland, from 447 in 2010 to 437 in 2014. Despite this there has been a 9 per cent increase in private and voluntary nursing home bed numbers – 20,590 to 22,342.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Today marks the beginning of Nursing Homes Week 2015, a campaign by Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI) featuring countrywide events and activities celebratin(...)

The Hiqa review into the deaths of five babies in the maternity unit at the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise, uncovered multiple examples of poor oversight and a failure to take action by the HSE. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It’s six weeks since the the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) published one of the most damning reports on the public health system eve(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said the EU directive is not a “panacea” and that patients will have to pay upfront, and find someone abroad to accept their doctor’s referral. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

The HSE is to allocate €1 million this year to pay for treatment carried out abroad under new EU rules. Under the cross-border healthcare directive, (...)

Minster for Health Leo Varadkar has said it would be inappropriate to meet with GPs from south Tipperary where opposition is strongest to the Government’s plans. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin.

The Department of Health has said 74 per cent of GPs - 1,784 - have signed up to the proposed new contract for free family doctor care for children un(...)

Health service staff should be legally required to inform patients when mistakes or errors occur, according to a new report from the Oireachtas Health Committee.

Health service staff should be legally required to inform patients when mistakes or errors occur, according to a new report. The introduction of an op(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar and Minister for Primary and Social Care  Kathleen Lynch pictured in 2014. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) website crashed on Monday morning as parents began registering their children for free GP care for under-sixes. A H(...)

Senior HSE managers have expressed concern  over the cost implications of an EU directive that allows patients to obtain care abroad and recoup the costs from the State. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Senior HSE managers have expressed alarm that an EU healthcare directive - which allows patients to obtain care abroad and recoup the costs from the S(...)

‘One of the main reasons for coming together in Athlone is to re-awaken and re-invigorate a new leadership among people with disabilities, especially younger groups.’ Photograph: Getty Images

This Saturday (June 13th) I’ll be in Athlone, along with several hundred others, at a historic gathering of people with all types of disabilities – th(...)

The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has urged doctors not to pay a proposed 13 per cent increase in the annual retention fee levied by the Medical Council. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has urged doctors not to pay a proposed 13 per cent increase in the annual retention fee levied by the Medical C(...)