Traditional general practice is dying in the Irish countryside. Practice after practice is falling vacant. Many GPs are holding on only out of a sense(...)

Today’s teenagers are much more responsible when it comes to safer sex. Photograph: Thinkstock

Telling your young children about the birds and bees is the easy part. The real challenge, for many parents, comes several years later, when it’s time(...)

A few simple steps can ensure we arrive fresh and healthy at our destinations. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Summer has arrived, and with it the prospect of fun in the sun. And, for many people, that means booking a flight to warmer climes. With bags p(...)

The combined impact of ageing general practitioners and the emigration preferences of newly qualifying GPs threatens the future of general practice, (...)

The Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP), which is responsible for GP training schemes, admitted a mistake was made in the way in which marks were allocated to applicants. Photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire

The Health Service Executive is to fund 12 extra doctor training places at a cost to the taxpayer of more than €3 million after an error was made in t(...)

Now that spring is here, many of us will be out in our gardens, preparing for summer. You may often have cut yourself while gardening and sometimes th(...)

Dr Elva Dalton, GP in Stillorgan Medical Centre, Dublin1. Maintain a healthy body weight: Obesity raises blood pressure, increasing the risk of stroke(...)

Public patient referrals: new system in Tallaght, Cork and Kerry makes automated bookings. Photograph: David Sleator

All acute hospitals in Cork and Kerry have introduced an electronic system for GPs referring patients for public outpatient hospital appointments as (...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: said people were already struggling financially, without having to pay for UHI. Photograph: Alan Betson

The decision by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar to delay the introduction of universal health insurance (UHI) has been widely welcomed.Mr Varadkar s(...)

Dr James Reilly in the practice in Lusk, in 2004. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

PAUL CULLEN Minister for Health James Reilly has leased his GP practice in north Dublin to a company providing support services for health professiona(...)