The Irish Medical Organisation has consistently maintained that rules for doctors’ working hours were being widely breached

If the European Court of Justice upholds the opinion of the advocate general that Ireland is in breach of the EU’s working time directive in relation (...)

In  opinion published on Thursday  Luxembourg Court states workers are entitled to a minimum rest periods, and Ireland’s decision to exclude training time from the calculation of doctors’ working time “encroaches on that minimum rest period”.

The health service will have to appoint significant numbers of additional doctors and re-configure existing hospital services in some areas if it is t(...)

The report says that most of the 25 recommendations made last June by the group, chaired by Prof Brian MacCraith, president of Dublin City University, are in the process of being implemented. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

None of the recommendations made last year by a high-level working group on improving structures for medical training has been fully implemented so f(...)

Irish Pharmacy Union president Darragh O’Loughlin: said pharmacists expected to be treated no differently from GPs or any other group. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Pharmacists and dentists are to press the Government to begin reversing cuts to fees and allowances that were put in place under financial emergenc(...)

The Government has agreed a process to reverse some of the cuts imposed on GPs. Photograph: Getty Images

The memorandum of understanding reached between health service management and the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) on a new GP contract is an importan(...)

The new memorandum of understanding says the substantive negotiations on the new GP contract will commence no later than March 31st, 2015.

The Government has reached a deal with doctors that could facilitate a breakthrough in its plans to introduce free GP care.The Department of Health an(...)

Aviva is promoting GP consultations for their members via smartphone while the VHI has teamed up with an online service through which customers can get prescriptions. Photograph: Getty Images

The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has called on the Government to stop health insurers offering their customers access to doctors by phone or video(...)

Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin: “there is no evidence of any country in which a competitive insurance system has kept costs under control”

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar expects to have an estimate of the cost of universal health insurance (UHI) in April.He said the Department of Healt(...)

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: “It probably makes sense to phase this in over a longer period of time. It is best not done in a hurry.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Coalition’s signature health policy of providing free GP care for the entire population is set to be delayed by three years or more, The Irish (...)

In October 2012, the Government unilaterally cut pay by 30 per cent for all consultants appointed after that date.  However, this has been substantially reversed following the recent negotiations with the IMO. File photograph:  Thinkstock/Getty Images

The Health Service Executive is to advertise this week to fill a first batch of 30 hospital consultant posts following agreement with the Irish Medica(...)