Allowing pharmacists to treat minor patient ailments could save the health service money, take the pressure off overworked GPs and improve the general health of the population, a healthcare seminar has been told.

Doctors and pharmacists are at odds over a proposal to allow pharmacists to treat minor ailments among medical-card holders.The Department of Health i(...)

Doctors who are members of the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) have voted to accept revised pay proposals for consultants working in public hospitals. Photograph: Getty Images.

The Government is expected to advertise for about 200 hospital consultants following the decision by members of the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO)to(...)

The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) has welcomed comments by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar that he favours relaxing a ban on gay and bisexu(...)

Minister of State at the Department of Health Kathleen Lynch unveiled a new fitness-to-practise regime  which will allow members of the public to get formal complaints examined against a range of registered professions.

Universal health insurance will be affordable and give people greater access to the health service, Minister of State at the Department of Health Kath(...)

Minister of State at the Department of Health Kathleen Lynch said the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney “should have known better” than to say he is willing to consider a pact with Fianna Fáil after the next election.

Minister of State at the Department of Health Kathleen Lynch said the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney “should have known better” than to say he(...)

The Irish Pharmacy Union said there was evidence to show that schemes controlled by insurance companies had led to a reduction in the number and range of medicines accessible. Photograph: PA Wire

Actuaries have warned the Government that insurers could need between €1.6 billion and €2.4 billion in additional regulatory capital to operate a sys(...)

The proposed new system to end the existing two-tier health service was championed strongly by former minister for health James Reilly. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Universal health insurance (UHI) was to be the centrepiece of the Government’s ambitious health service reform plans. The proposed new system to end (...)

Report says many people are critical either of universal health insurance in principle or of the particular model which has been put forward. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Many members of the public fear Government plans to introduce universal health insurance could cost them money or lead to them losing existing benefi(...)

The Department of Health said Minister for Health Leo Varadkar would bring proposals to Cabinet regarding the next steps. Photograph: Alan Betson

The prospects for the Government’s ambitious and controversial plans to introduce universal health insurance (UHI) have taken a further blow on foot o(...)

Dr Wajiha Zia of University Hospital Waterford at the Overseas Medics of Ireland meeting in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Ireland’s reliance on international medical graduates is among the highest of the OECD countries: 34 per cent of doctors working in Ireland were tr(...)