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(...)

A Galway fertility doctor who clipped both of a woman’s fallopian tubes when he had consent to clip one has said he faced an “ethical dilemma” when wo(...)

Judgments: Key cases in brief

The defendants were found to be the owners of a hedge after a bitter dispute between neighbours. Madigan - vs - Reuter (2014) IEHC 617 (High Court, Ke(...)

Medical errors occur. When they occur, they need to be acknowledged, both in the direct doctor-patient relationship, but also in formal proceedings lodged in court

I am a solicitor specialising in medical negligence cases. Before practising in Ireland, I was a partner in a London firm which acted for patients who(...)

With complications arising in a minority of laser-eye surgery cases, the amount of litigation is increasing. Photograph: The Irish Times

New guidelines have been drawn up for eye laser surgery amid growing concern over the use of hard-sell tactics in persuading consumers to undergo the (...)

‘If it is okay to repair faulty mitochondrial DNA, the slippery slope argument goes, then what about other genetic diseases caused by faults in nuclear DNA?’ Photograph: Getty Images

The complex genetic procedures approved by the House of Commons on Tuesday were a headline writer’s dream. No need to get “mitochondrial donation” int(...)

The committee found Dr Al-Zayyat failed to disclose that strict conditions were attached to her continued practice by the General Medical Council  in the UK when she applied for a post in Tallaght hospital in 2008

A paediatrician who was involved in the “Baby P” case in the UK has been fined €5,000 and had conditions attached to her practice by the Irish Medica(...)

The audit did not identify the hospital or consultants, but it indicated it was referring to the HSE south/southeast region. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A significant risk that two consultants appointed through an agency to work in a public hospital were not suitably qualified has been highlighted in a(...)

Prof Martin Corbally  ended up before the Medical Council, whose fitness-to-practise committee found him guilty of poor professional performance, over an operation carried out incorrectly in 2010 on a two-year-old girl. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

The system for adjudicating on professional complaints against doctors is in disarray following the Supreme Court’s dismissal of a case brought by the(...)

The Supreme Court has upheld a decision to dismiss a finding of poor profession performance against consultant paediatrician Prof Martin Corbally. Photograph: Collins

A “slip of the pen” by consultant paediatrician Martin Corbally should not have been the basis for his being subjected to the “extremely threatening o(...)