Simon Harris:  to propose that most healthcare could  be run by new regional groups. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, is to propose major changes to the structures of the health service and suggest that most healthcare could in f(...)

Siptu division organiser Paul Bell: “It is clear that substantial capital investment is urgently required for the construction and refurbishment of existing ambulance bases.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Inadequate and antiquated equipment is one of the critical factors contributing to growing waiting lists and the cancellation of elective surgeries, (...)

The Irish Hospital Consultants’ Association says “It is widely acknowledged that the cost of an agency consultant can be up to twice the usual consultant’s salary and up to three times the reduced new entrant consultant’s salary.” Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA

The Health Service Executive is paying up to three times the official salary to secure personnel from agencies to fill vacant senior medical posts in (...)

 Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe: said  the Government would “vigorously defend” any further legal actions by consultants. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The State is facing High Court actions from about 500 hospital consultants over the failure to pay them agreed levels of salary nearly a decade ago. (...)

 The Irish Hospital Consultants Association  said its case would challenge the discriminatory salary scales which have been imposed on new-entrant consultants. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Hospital consultants are to legally challenge the existing two-tier pay structure for senior doctors. The Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IH(...)

Up to 350 patients are dying each year as a result of capacity constraints in intensive care units, the annual conference of the Irish Hospital Consultants Association has been told.

Up to 350 patients are dying each year as a result of capacity constraints in intensive care units, the annual conference of the Irish Hospital Consul(...)

Ireland has been lucky so far to have avoided a major healthcare calamity during surges in activity in hospitals in winter, the president of the Irish Hospital Consultants Association has said. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Ireland has been lucky so far to have avoided a major healthcare calamity during surges in activity in hospitals in winter, the president of the Irish(...)

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association has said Ireland was no longer internationally competitive in attracting highly-trained specialists.

The Government will come under strong pressure from hospital consultants to take action about their pay, working conditions and the escalating cost of(...)

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association called for significant increases in funding for acute hospitals and mental health facilities in the budget for 2017. Photograph: Reuters

Hospital equipment in use in some areas of the country is so obsolete that parts can only be secured from decommissioned machines in Japan, medical co(...)

‘Many consultants fill in for absent colleagues, many are in departments where there should be three or four consultants and there are half that number.’ Gerard Crotty, president of the IHCA said.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Most consultants are working well beyond their hours and are facing burnout, Gerard Crotty, president of the Irish Hospital Consultants Association ha(...)

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