Speaking at a conference today, President Michael D Higgins said community nurses were dealing with the problems caused by changes in the structure of society. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has warned against the dangers of examining healthcare in excessively economic terms.Care of the ill was not an item that (...)

 Minister of State for Health Alex White told the conference that the Government was committed to a phased universal GP service, and he hoped to “make a good start on this vital project, perhaps as early as in the Budget, due to be announced in mid-October”.

If the Government is committed to universal primary care, public health nursing should be represented on its project team, according to the Institute (...)

 Alex White TD, Minister of State at the Department of Health with responsibility for Primary Care, with Anne Corridan, president of the Institute of Community Health Nursing at the   International Public Health Nursing Conference in Galway yesterday. Photograph: Mike Shaughnessy

It took 20 years for research aimed at preventing cot deaths to be put into practice, and the volume of medical research now being published could mak(...)