The extension of free GP care from the present age limit of under-6s is being postponed by a few months, to September 2020, but is still likely to feature prominently in Fine Gael’s election literature when the State goes to the polls over the next year. Photograph: iStock

The health budget rises to a record €17.4 billion thanks to the provision of an additional €1 billion in funding from Minister for Finance Paschal Don(...)

New SCSI chief executive Shirley Coulter

Shirley Coulter has been named as the new chief executive of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI). Ms Coulter joins the society from the(...)

Figures released by the HSE  show that the largest amounts paid to GPs last year under the scheme went to family doctor out-of-hours services. Photograph: Getty Images

The out-of-hours family doctor service in Carlow and Kilkenny, known as Caredoc, received more than €4.3 million in gross payments under the medical c(...)

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(...)

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(...)

‘The dental profession in Ireland is unable to assure patients that they are receiving the safe and contemporary standard of care they expect.’ Photograph: iStock

Ireland is losing dentists it has trained to other countries through a lack of dental specialist training here, the Royal College of Surgeons in Irela(...)

Under the Government policy, all children up to 16 years would receive eight oral healthcare packages. File photograph: Getty

The Government’s new oral health policy for children and adults is seriously flawed, economically unviable and operationally unworkable, dentists have(...)

Fianna Fáil deputy leader Dara Calleary asked ‘why is it taking so long to deal with the findings’ when the review was completed in 2015 and still had not been published.

An audit into the medical files of more than 7,500 children who may have “suffered damage” from orthodontic services they received is expected to be c(...)

 Providing free dental care for adult medical-card holders and all children would cost €80m a year, according to an analysis. File photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Providing free dental care for adult medical-card holders and all children as proposed under the Department of Health’s new oral health policy would c(...)

The longest delays were in the southeast of the country: almost 23,000 children and adolescents are waiting on an appointment. File photograh: Getty Images

Tens of thousands of children are languishing on dental waiting lists, many “suffering through pain and infections”, Fianna Fáil’s health spokesman St(...)

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