Stephen Teap, whose wife Irene Teap died of  cervical cancer, Dr Gabriel Scally and Lorraine Walsh,  who received an incorrect smear test result, at the launch of the Scally report into the CervicalCheck screening programme in September 2018.   Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A new report by Dr Gabriel Scally into the outsourcing of smear tests to Hawaii and Orlando in the US is expected to be considered by the Cabinet on T(...)

1) A “Virtual Dementia Tour” will be brought to five locations this month as part of Carers Week 2019. The free tour is aimed at providing visitors wi(...)

Take-up of biosimilars in the Irish health system has been held back by the lack of Government encouragement and inertia among medical practitioners. Photograph: Benis Arapovic/Getty

Efforts to pull together a national policy on biosimilars remain stymied somewhere in the Department of Health but at least some moves are finally bei(...)

Use of sunbeds by under-18s is already banned. Photograph: iStock

A new Government policy which will consider the prohibition of sunbeds for all age groups is to be published by Minister for Health Simon Harris on Mo(...)

Cannabis: the Cabinet is likely to consider proposals in June to decriminalise the possession of a small amount for personal use. Photograph: Image Bank/Getty

On Monday The Irish Times published a letter by 20 prominent doctors claiming Ireland was “sleepwalking” into the legalisation of cannabis on the(...)

Protesters  at Leinster House, Dublin in February called for the HSE to approve Spinraza for  children who have spinal muscular atrophy. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Health Service Executive drugs group has again decided against approving the only treatment on the market for the rare muscle-wasting disease spin(...)

Today’s cannabis, grown in carefully-controlled hot-house conditions, is far more potent than the grass or hash that was common a few decades ago.

The controversy over cannabis, which has been re-ignited this week by the warnings from senior doctors about its dangers, is really several debates in(...)

Weekend polls brought mixed news for all parties and candidates. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Good morning. Polling stations open bright and early on Friday morning, and until then every politician has at least one eye on the elections. Weeken(...)

A new national oral health policy focuses on prevention, on screening and on building links between oral and general health through a common risk factor approach. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

A new national oral health policy has set out the future of dental care in Ireland. It promises free treatment for all children up to the age of 16, b(...)

  JP O’Brien is the owner  of Little Collins Dispensary in Galway city,  where  €10,000 worth of plant produce was confiscated last week. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Garda and Customs have launched a crackdown on shops and cafes selling cannabis derivatives in recent weeks with owners facing the possibility of leng(...)

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