The bottom line is that painful joints and sore backs may very well be unreliable forecasters. Photograph: Getty

The association between aches and pains and damp weather is all in the mind, doctors have concluded. For millennia people have been blaming the rain (...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris says “detailed consideration” would be given to the findings of the Oireachtas committee’s final report, due to be published on December 20th. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Pressure has increased on the Government to hold a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment and provide abortions up to 12 weeks following the recomm(...)

The Department of Health said all people in receipt of carer’s allowance were to receive a GP visit card, but the National Association of General Practitioners  said the  announcement was “a populist move to win votes”. File photograph: Getty Images

A pledge by Minister for Health Simon Harris to provide 40,000 carers with free visits to general practitioners is a “vote-buying exercise” that he ca(...)

Health: The weakest link

The bulk of health service research focuses on health professionals and disease. Which makes the first ever national survey of patient experience in h(...)

Repeal  activists outside the Dáil on a recent day  the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment was sitting.

Three Fianna Fáil members of the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment have called for it to support making abortion available up to 12 weeks w(...)

Pro-choice demonstrators outside Leinster House in Dublin last month. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A large majority of voters favours changing the Constitution to provide for greater access to abortion, the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll finds. (...)

Police stand at the entrance of the Marie Stopes clinic as anti-abortion protestors hold up placards outside the Belfast clinic in October 2012. Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

During its five years of life, the Marie Stopes clinic in Belfast dealt with thousands of women. The oldest was 52; the youngest was 13 who had become(...)

The Department of Health said  it was essential  it was in a position to attract candidates of calibre for what would be a considerable health reform programme. Photograph: Getty Images

The Department of Public Expenditure has said it has not sanctioned the payment of a proposed €24,000 performance bonus for the person to be appointed(...)

The Department of Health has proposed a five-year contract as part of the recruitment process for the person appointed to implement the Sláintecare health reform plan.

The Department of Health has suggested a “flexible payment” or performance bonus of €24,000 be offered to the person appointed to implement the new Sl(...)

Siptu’s Paul Bell said  the failure of the Government to commit to a process to restore the pay of Section 39 organisation workers in line with HSE staff and others providing the same services was  unacceptable. Photograph: Eric Luke

Staff in the trade union Siptu who are working in State-aided organisations which provide health and social care services are to ballot for all-out st(...)

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