Studies of women attending the Coombe women’s hospital have shown that as few as 25% have taken folic acid before conception. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A major public health campaign is urgently needed to remind women of the importance of taking folic acid to prevent birth defects, leading Irish obste(...)

Dr Gerard Crotty: ‘Patients are not getting the quality and timeliness of care they require, especially when waiting on trolleys or for appointments.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Trust – between doctors and their patients, and between doctors and the HSE – is a word frequently used by Dr Gerard Crotty, the president of the I(...)

Some of us will need a great deal of care support in our final years, others will remain largely healthy and active until virtually the end. Because o(...)

Fianna Fáil’s health policy will call for a €450 million increase in the health budget. Above is the party’s health spokesman Billy Kelleher. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil’s health policy will call for a €450 million increase in the health Budget. The party will launch its proposals today (Tue) including the (...)

A number of “very strange people” are advertising themselves as psychotherapists and counsellors and can do “real harm”, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has warned. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

A number of “very strange people” are advertising themselves as psychotherapists and counsellors and can do “real harm”, Minister for Health Leo Varad(...)

Sports stars like Stepanie Roche and  the Irish women’s rugby team are promoting women’s participation in sport. Photograph: Inpho

“Give me the child of seven and I’ll show you the man,” said the Jesuits. In a similar vein, doctors would say they can predict the future health of a(...)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton has said any public sector pay deal must include reforms to work practices. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Comments from Fine Gael politicians suggesting that any reversals to public sector pay cuts must be accompanied by measures to increase productivity (...)

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(...)

The Government should consider introducing a “no jab, no pay” policy on vaccinations similar to that planned in Australia, according to the Irish Pati(...)

Dr Susan O’Reilly,  chief executive of the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group, has given assurances that all five departments at Portlaoise hospital will remain open. Photograph: Frank Miller

There are no plans to rationalise services at Portlaoise hospital despite the problems identified in its maternity and emergency departments, accordi(...)