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 “(...)

Dr Ray Walley said universal health care was “a philosophy which believes that everybody in this country is entitled to adequate, affordable and high quality healthcare”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Government’s plans for universal health insurance would represent just another tax, the new president of the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) Dr R(...)

Minister for health Leo Varadkar TD at the said some services that are currently 24-hour may have to be curtailed. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Some health services which are currently operated on a 24-hour basis may have to be curtailed in future if European rules limiting doctors’ working ho(...)

The Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has signalled that the Government will seek additional productivity measures from staff in the public service in return for pay restoration in forthcoming talks with trade unions

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has signalled that the Government will seek additional productivity measures from staff in the public service in r(...)

The proposed new deal to provide free family doctor care to all children under six represents a first step on the road back to a sustainable and viable general practice system, the chairman of the Irish Medical Organisation’s GP committee has said.

The proposed new deal to provide free family doctor care to all children under six was rejected by the National Association of General Practitioners(...)