Senator James Reilly distributed  party leaflets in north Dublin detailing timetable for rollout of free GP care. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Free GP care for children is to be extended to under-eights in summer 2020, Fine Gael is promising. The measure will then be extended to under-10s in(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris. Sláintecare suffered from two defects – a lack of proper costings and a failure to specify just how one of its main goals, the disentanglement of public and private medicine, was to be achieved. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

Nothing was so telling about the likely fate of the recently published report examining private activity in public hospitals as the date on the cover.(...)

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(...)

About 2,500 consultants have contractual rights to see private patients. File photograph: Getty

At the launch of the report of the review group on private practice in State-owned and funded hospitals its chairman Donal de Buitléir said he was a “(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris has said  he believes the two-tier pay system for consultants is unfair and needs to be rectified. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Hospital consultants have called on Minister for Health Simon Harris to set a date for pay talks, as new figures show waiting lists are highest in spe(...)

File photo. Photograph: Alan Betson

Why are hospital consultants considering strike action in the autumn Senior medical specialists represented by the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) ar(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris. Medical organisations maintain introducing pay parity for all consultants would cost about €40 million. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Difficulties recruiting medical specialists have prompted the Government to begin closing the pay gap between new hospital consultants and their longe(...)

“There was little evidence that the unions were vocal in their disagreement with the new entrant salary reduction.” Photograph: Getty Images

The 2012 decision to cut the pay of new hospital consultants is an example of a policy failure that was influenced by political and union self-interes(...)

Consultant psychiatrist Dr Matthew Sadlier said: “The Government’s recklessly belligerent attitude is radicalising our members who are now considering the need to withdraw services until pay parity is restored.” File image: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Hospital consultants are to ballot for strike action in September unless the Government moves to address what they describe as the recruitment and ret(...)

Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The new paediatric urgent care centre at Connolly Hospital in Dublin will open on schedule on Wednesday but its hours of operation are to be restricte(...)

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