The HSE deducted money from payments to GPs after investigating 121 complaints about charging for phlebotomy services in the past three years.

More than €8,000 has been refunded to medical-card patients after the Health Service Executive (HSE) ruled its GPs were wrongly charging them for bloo(...)

“Using the private sector to make up for the absence of beds in the public system is a backward step,” said the chair of the Irish Medical Organisation’s GP committee Dr Ray Walley. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Mater hospital in Dublin plans to reduce overcrowding in its emergency department this winter by diverting excess patients to private hospitals.(...)

Doctors’ organisations argue the payments do not take into account practice expenses and overheads and therefore do not represent income for individual GPs.  Photograph: PA

The State’s 100 top-earning GP practices and co-operatives shared gross payments of almost €50 million from the HSE during 2014, according to the late(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. File  photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Staff in hospitals could ultimately have to foot the bill themselves in reduced terms and conditions to meet the cost of bringing in highly-paid priva(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: suggested  pay restoration was on the way for hospital consultants and that in a few years, pay rates would  again be in the region of €200,000 a year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Hospital consultants are to seek an increase in pay as part of negotiations on a new contract with the Government. The Irish Medical Organisation ((...)

“What we should be focusing on is the critical resources to ensure that the surgeons have the facilities to do the job.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has rejected a call for surgeons to be drafted in to help out in overcrowded emergency departments. The union sa(...)

The introduction of the Government’s planned extension of free GP care for all children under age 12 potentially faces new delays . The Irish Medical(...)

Beaumont was forced to seek “off-call assistance” last night from Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, when 18 of the patients waiting for admission were aged over 75. Photograph: Getty Images

The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has called on Health Service Executive director general Tony O’Brien to take urgent action and address “unaccepta(...)

The headline health measure in the budget is the proposed extension of free GP care to all children under 12 years.

The headline health measure in the budget is the proposed extension of free GP care to all children under 12 years. The measure will benefit 200,000 y(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said the health budget was still about €1 billion off its pre-bust peak.

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has disputed claims made by his Cabinet colleague, Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin, about the size of (...)