Babies are delivered at the rate of one for every hour of the day.

The news that the National Maternity Hospital is to move to a new home at St Vincent’s hospital marks the beginning of the end of an era in Irish mate(...)

The proposed National Maternity Hospital at St Vincent’s University Hospital, Elm Park. Image: Scott Tallon Walker Architects

The National Maternity Hospital at Holles Street is to be relocated to the Saint Vincent’s Hospital campus at Elm Park, the Minister for Health Jam(...)

Dr James Reilly: says significant progress has been made in reducing waiting times and numbers on trolleys. Photograph: Eric Luke

The special delivery unit established by Minister for Health James Reilly to tackle waiting lists and the num(...)

 Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food	Simon Coveney said his department had experienced an extremely busy period as a result of the horse meat crisis, talks on the Common Agricultural Policy and the recent fodder shortage. Photograph: Eric Luke

More than €700,000 has been paid out in overtime to ministerial staff such as personal assistants and secretaries(...)

A draft report drawn up by Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly and given to the HSE in March found that the health authority had “failed in its responsibility to ensure a uniform approach to the administration of the long-term illness scheme”. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Health Service Executive is proposing to suspend issuing (...)

Minister of State at the Department of Health Alex White: my area of responsibility is primary care, the first port of call for citizens seeking access to the health services. Photograph: Alan Betson

Since I was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Health last October, many have asked me whether I felt I had been handed a “poison(...)

 Dr Sam Coulter Smyth: the master of the Rotunda Hospital said the inclusion in legislation of suicidal intent as grounds for a termination  posed major ethical dilemmas for obstetricians. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government is likely to come under increased pressure to modify proposed legislation for abortion in cases of a threat of suicide after the mas(...)

Minister for Health James Reilly arrives for the Oireachtas health committee  hearings on the heads of the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill 2013  this morning. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The only purpose of legislation on abortion being introduced in the Dail and Seanad is to clarify what is lawfully available, Minister for Heal(...)

Responding to the 2009 swine flu pandemic cost the State over €70 million in anti-virals, vaccines and specialist equipment, according to a new (...)

GP care retreat

The revelation in this newspaper that the Government is set to abandon a key election commitment to extend free GP care to almost 60,000 people(...)

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