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(...)

When people are dying, their biggest fears are being a burden on their family, dying in pain or dying alone.  Photograph: Thinkstock

Irish people, it is commonly held, are good at death but not good at dying. This means that we celebrate death well with high attendance at funerals, (...)

The HSE’s national director of primary care, John Hennessy, said the handling of certain medical card renewal cases was indefensible. Photograph: Alan Betson

A leading HSE executive has maintained that the recent removal of discretionary medical cards from some patients has been “indefensible”.Speaking at t(...)

Five places on the national scheme for training GPs – three in the northeast and two in the midlands – remain unfilled after three rounds of offers to qualified medical graduates. It is the first time all available places on the scheme have not been filled.

Fears of a brain drain of doctors have grown after the national scheme for training GPs failed to fill all available places this year for the first(...)

White Paper says universal health insurance will not be more expensive than two-tier system it is due to replace in 2019. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Families in the Netherlands, which has a system of universal health insurance similar to the one Minister for Health Ja(...)

Minister of State for Primary Care Alex White. The National Association of General Practitioners said it wished to engage in serious discussions with the Minister on a new contract. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Family doctors from across the West met in Galway last night as part of a continuing campaign to oppose the prop(...)