The Oireachtas health committee heard that although the risk of Ebola coming to Ireland from overseas remained low, there could still be ‘several suspected cases’ of the virus in the country. 3:09

It is time for Ireland to step up its preparedness for tackling Ebola disease in response to the threat it poses, according to Minister for Health Leo(...)

A Heathrow flight information screen is shown above a television screen reporting the Ebola outbreak at Heathrow Airport in London, yesterday. Heathrow Airport has begun Ebola screening, whereby passengers will have their temperatures tested for the Ebola virus. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Ireland is well prepared for an Ebola outbreak. We are far from the epicentre of the current outbreak in west Africa and there are no direct flights b(...)

Leo Varadkar: ‘In terms of negotiating a good budget for health, waiting lists that make things look better than they are are no good to me.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said there is no official policy to manipulate hospital waiting lists to meet official targets.Mr Varadkar said (...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar with his predecessor James Reilly, who  announced the expert panel earlier this year. Photograph: Frank Miller

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has promised to reform the discretionary medical card system after a report called for greater sensitivity in the way(...)

Members of the Irish Medical Organisation have voted narrowly not to carry out a review into the events that led to its former chief executive, George McNeice, retiring with a settlement package worth nearly €10 million in late 2012. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Members of the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) have voted narrowly not to carry out a review into the events that led to its former chief executive, (...)

George McNeice. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) is to decide today whether to go ahead with a review into the events that led to its former chief executive, Geor(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said medical cards will be extended for people “for as long as they need them” and that there was no need to worry about the findings of an expert panel on extending eligibility for medical cards. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

An expert group has concluded it is not possible to identify a list of medical conditions to be taken into account when determining a person’s eligibi(...)

Speaking ahead of a protest by doctors in Dublin today, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said there are more GPs currently under contract to work for the HSE then ever before and that the total level of fees paid to family doctors is increasing. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

There are more GPs currently under contract to work for the HSE then ever before and the total level of fees paid to family doctors is increasing, th(...)

New figures reveal that Ireland’s main public hospitals are still running at a bed occupancy rate far above what is considered safe. An investigation (...)

IMO president Professor Trevor Duffy: said professionals in the health services now believe the situation is at a critical point. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Patient safety is being compromised across the health services as a result of successive budgetary cuts in recent years, the Irish Medical Organisatio(...)