Staff on low incomes who cannot benefit fully from the pension levy changes will receive special salary increases to bring them up to the €1,000 level. Photograph: Getty Images

The new public service pay restoration deal, which will see most public service staff receive €2,000 on a phased basis, will cost the State €566 milli(...)

Niall Shanahan of the Impact trade union arriving at public sector pay talks at Landsdowne House in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson.

Low earners are the big winners from the pay proposals set out in the new Lansdowne Road agreement. From the start, unions and the Government had been(...)

The introduction of free GP care for children is one of the Government’s key healthcare reforms. While a deal was reached with the IMO several weeks ago, the plan has been strongly opposed by the National Association of General Practitioners

Family doctors have now been given until June 5th to sign contracts if they wish to take part in the Government’s new scheme to provide free GP care t(...)

The Government recently reached a deal with the Irish Medical Organisation on the provision of free GP care for children under six. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

GPs have been warned that they risk breaching competition law if they share with other doctors their intentions on the Government’s new contract fo(...)

GPs are independent contractors and it will be up to each doctor individually to decide whether to sign up for or opt out of the new arrangement. Photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire

The Health Service Executive has published the GP contract document for the provision of free care to all children aged under six.The document is bein(...)

File photograph of Prof Aidan Halligan. The noted UK-based Irish doctor has died at the age of 57. File photograph: NHS

Prof Aidan Halligan, the UK-based Irish doctor who turned down the chance to become the first head of the Health Service Executive (HSE) more than a d(...)

Inequality and inequity continue to be part of Irish healthcare. Most of it is not intentional.

‘Doctors, I believe, have a responsibility to advocate on behalf of patients and must continue to do so. There should be and will be no gagging clause(...)

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(...)

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(...)

A welcome start

The Government’s agreement with the Irish Medical Organisation to provide free family doctor care for children aged under six has been heralded as a “(...)