“Open disclosure is important for building patient and public trust in the health system,” says the Department of Health. File photograph: Reuters

Measures have been introduced that will allow doctors open disclosure on medical mishaps without the threat of automatic liability. Open disclosure (...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris during the Irish Times Women’s Podcast on Monday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A cross-party consensus has emerged to pass legislation to reform Ireland’s abortion laws through the Oireachtas much more quickly than had been antic(...)

Abortion in the North is permitted only if a woman’s life is at risk or there is long-term  risk to mental or physical health. Rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormalities are not qualifying grounds.

Sinn Féin abstentionist MP for Mid-Ulster Francie Molloy,  who represents a rural constituency straddling south Derry and east Tyrone, has b(...)

Vicky Phelan won a €2.5 million settlement after she received incorrect smear test results which failed to diagnose her with cervical cancer. Photograph: Collins Courts

The chairmen of two Oireachtas Committees have clashed over which committee should examine the CervicalCheck controversy. Dr Michael Harty, Independe(...)

Marijuana plants stand in a US grow facility. Restricted use still applies in Ireland Photograph: /Bloomberg

The use of medicinal forms of cannabis continues to be very restricted in Ireland in spite of moves to permit their use in limited circumstances. Min(...)

Mr O’Brien’s contract as director general of the HSE had been due to expire at the end of July.

The head of the HSE Tony O’Brien is to leave his post at the beginning of July, a Government Minister has said. Mr O’Brien has faced strong criticism(...)

It seems “extraordinary” that the Medical Council has “to stand by” and see protection of the public being undermined by the HSE in breaching its own requirements, High Court president Mr Justice Peter Kelly said.

The president of the High Court has criticised the HSE’s “shocking” practice of permitting medical practitioners to work as consultants in a range of (...)

In vitro fertilisation (IVF), computer illustration.

The use of frozen sperm, eggs or embryos after a person’s death by their partner will be permitted following a one-year grieving period under draft le(...)

Prof Mike Barnes outlines the scientific and medical evidence to back the Cannabis Medicinal Use Regulation Bill 2016. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Puritanical zeal, misinformation and fear are at the root of the medical and political establishment’s reluctance to legalise cannabis for medicinal p(...)

 National safeguarding committee chairperson Patricia Rickard Clarke said financial abuse can be highly calculated, or can be very subtle. Photograph: Eric Luke

More than 1,600 cases of financial abuse of vulnerable adults have been reported to the Health Service Executive’s national safeguarding office over a(...)

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