John Wall highlighted the difficulties faced by those who are given a terminal diagnosis in getting access to terminal illness medical cards.

Concerns about the operation of the HSE’s medical card scheme have been raised by the Ombudsman following a complaint made by a father-of-three who ha(...)

Climate crisis: people cool off by the Eiffel Tower in Paris in July. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

“An environmental crisis is also a health crisis” is the stark message from health professionals keen to draw sharp attention to the health impacts of(...)

Proponents of CBD say it helps with anxiety, inflammation, pain and a host of other ailments. Photograph: Getty

The owner of a Cork business selling cannabis derivatives has been told he will be arrested on Tuesday following a raid on one of his stores earlier t(...)

HSE chief Paul Reid last month said delays in informing the women affected by the CervicalCheck controversy were “not acceptable”.

An investigation into an IT flaw which led to women not receiving their CervicalCheck results is due to be published on Tuesday. A “rapid review” pr(...)


Additional restrictions on spending for older people, those with disabilities and patients in acute hospitals are being put in place, with newly-relea(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris. Medical organisations maintain introducing pay parity for all consultants would cost about €40 million. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Difficulties recruiting medical specialists have prompted the Government to begin closing the pay gap between new hospital consultants and their longe(...)

‘To adopt a policy of decriminalisation, or to take steps in that direction, is to throw in the towel on the potential of young people,’ writes Garret Sheehan in his minority report. Photograph: Rick Wilking/Reuters

The chairman of an expert group on personal drug possession has advised the Government to “strongly resist and reject all calls for decriminalisation (...)

Dentist Gillian Smith with  Millie Byrne: “The dentistry of children isn’t complicated but the behaviour management is.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Parents who trot their children in and out of their local dentist’s surgery once or twice a year and pay for the privilege, might be forgiven for forg(...)

Dr Susan Finnerty, inspector of mental health services, found ‘continuing breaches of human rights’ in residences.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The safety of more than 1,000 highly vulnerable people with severe mental health illnesses cannot be guaranteed unless their residences are regulated,(...)

Hiqa said its main priority was to ensure the safety and care of vulnerable persons in receipt of healthcare services.

Health service watchdog Hiqa has indicated that it cannot adopt a softer line in inspecting or setting standards for facilities and institutions opera(...)

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