GPs and specialist family planning services are concerned that routing a free contraceptive scheme via pharmacies would limit women’s contraceptive choices and risk side-lining some of the most effective methods available, such as hormonal implants or the coil. Photograph: iStock

The Minister for Health’s proposals to introduce a free contraception scheme after the abortion referendum is positive news for everyone. Internationa(...)

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The prospect of industrial action by consultants in hospitals is more likely after the Government failed to table proposals for tackling the two-tier (...)

 Kevin Daly and  Aaron Daly protesting at Leinster House over the time Aaron’s daughter Sophia (12) has had to wait for scoliosis surgery. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

The father of a girl with scoliosis who has been waiting for surgery for nearly 17 months has urged the Minister for Health to increase funding and ma(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris. The Department of Health papers note that “a key issue for health agencies, where unfunded pension liabilities are recognised, is the absence of a matching pension asset”. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Key health providers face possible insolvency in a dispute over pension liabilities in a confrontation that health officials warn could have adverse i(...)

If implemented immediately the court ruling would have led to the immediate release of 93 involuntary patients, including 15 from the Central Mental Hospital. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government does not intend to appeal a court ruling which found nearly 100 people are being unconstitutionally detained in mental health facilitie(...)

 Labour TD Alan Kelly: “Happy for anyone to lead us into the next election” as long as the party  targets the right policies and improves its performance. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Labour TD Alan Kelly has rounded on his Leinster House party colleagues by telling them their performance is “not good enough”. Mr Kelly made his com(...)

IMO president Dr Peadar Gilligan warned overcrowding will remain an issue if recommendations are not followed. Photograph: Shane O’Neill/ SON Photographic

The number of patients on hospital trolleys could exceed 1,000 at times this winter, a doctors’ conference has heard. Speaking at an event in Dublin (...)

Funding pressures could mean the  new National Children’s Hospital will be delayed

The development of new facilities for cancer patients in Galway, for those with kidney conditions in Tallaght Hospital and a new psychiatric unit in S(...)

Highly placed sources within the HSE say the overrun this year could be between €750 million and a worst-case scenario of €1.1 billion.  Photograph: Alan Betson

By the last week in June, officials in the Department of Public Expenditure were worried and wanted answers. The latest health spending figures had ju(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris: The Department  refused on a number of occasions in recent weeks to say what projects could be affected by the current capital funding pressures. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

In the plush surroundings of a five-star hotel overlooking the lakes of Killarney last April, Minister for Health Simon Harris told doctors that the €(...)

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