Minister for Health  Simon Harris. Almost two years after the publication of the original costed Sláintecare plan, the failure to include a budget in this action plan is regrettable.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The publication of the first Sláintecare action plan, listing the key areas of focus for 2019, is welcome. It signals progress is being made on the 10(...)

Sláintecare provides for a new healthcare card to be extended to everyone on a phased basis over five years. Photograph: Getty Images

Year on year, more and more public money gets pumped into a deeply dysfunctional and inequitable health system, while more and more patients are lyin(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Sláintecare’s Laura Magahy and  Dr Tom Keane, and Minister for Health Simon Harris: the people need to lead the politicians on health matters. Photograph:  Maxwellphotography.ie

Many of the worst problems that exist in the Irish health system are a direct result of choices Irish political leaders have not made. Key decisions d(...)

File photograph: Alan Betson

It is more than a year since the All-Party Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Healthcare set out it’s 10-year vision for the future of the health s(...)

Vested interest groups have sought to rubbish the costings and declare Sláintecare unfeasible.  These include the highest-paid healthcare professionals. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA

There is general agreement that our current health system is not working for most of the people who use it or who work in it. There is also consensus (...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris with Rachel Flynn of Hiqa: the National Patient Experience Survey 2017 found most patients rated their stay in hospital to be good or very good.  Photograph: Julien Behal

If each general practitioner referred two fewer patients to hospitals per week it would lead to a fall in waiting lists for outpatient appointments an(...)

State-paid senior doctors are richly rewarded for pushing their private patients to the head of the queue. Public patients pay the price for this.

It is beyond cruel to see in last night’s PrimeTime Investigates programme how the lives of public patients waiting to see consultants in State-funded(...)

There is a lot of truth in the old Irish proverb “Tús maith leath na hoibre”. When embarking on new projects, individuals and organisations invariably(...)

Social Democrats TD Róisín Shortall told the Dáil “attempts to reform our dysfunctional system have been stymied by those who care little about equity and who put private interests ahead of the public interest”. Photograph:  Alan Betson

The Irish health service is very much dominated by vested interests, Social Democrats TD Róisín Shortall has said. “Going back as far as the Mother a(...)

Like Enda Kenny, Leo Varadkar will need the support of at least 58 TDs. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar could be elected taoiseach by a narrower Dáil margin than the vote Enda Kenny achieved last year. Mr Varadkar is expect(...)

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