Simon Harris: the Irish Hospital Consultants Association called on him to end the lower pay arrangements in place for medical specialists appointed since autumn 2012

Hospital consultants have urged the Minister for Health Simon Harris and Fine Gael to give a commitment to to open an additional 800 public hospital b(...)

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Medical consultants are expected to seek the right to see fee-paying patients in private facilities in their own time, away from public hospitals, as (...)

Universal primary healthcare, as a social democratic concept, has been realised in almost every other OECD country. Ireland is an outlier in the world. Photograph: Getty Images/Hemera

Extension of free GP care to seven- to 12-year-olds who do not currently have a medical card has been approved by Government, subject to agreement wit(...)

IMO president Dr Padraig McGarry warned that GP services were “at breaking point both in our day-time and out-of-hours service”.   File photograph: Getty

Doctors have said there are serious question marks over the viability of Government plans to extend free GP care to children aged up to 13 years. The(...)

A GP will expect to spend an average of 10-15 minutes with you, hoping the quicker, more straightforward visits will balance out the longer, more complicated cases over the course of a day and prevent congestion in the waiting room. Photograph: iStock

Aspirations for a healthier body and mind will be behind many a New Year resolution, in the hope of increasing zest for life and reducing risk of illn(...)

The Government said on Wednesday that from next summer all medical specialists will be appointed under a new Sláintecare consultant contract which will not allow private practice. File photograph: Getty

Hospital consultants who commit to working only in public hospitals will be offered a salary of up to €250,000. The Government said on Wednesday that(...)

The HSE will now receive more than €17 billion next year including the additional €50 million approved by the Cabinet as part of the revised financial estimates. File photograph: Getty

The Government has provided an additional €50 million to provide the health service with its largest-ever budget next year. However controversial empl(...)

Any industrial action is unlikely to take place until mid- to late January. File photograph: Getty

Hospital doctors including consultants and non-consultant personnel who are members of the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) have voted “overwhelmingly(...)

The IMO said its key demands were an immediate end to the current two-tier pay system which sees medical specialists appointed after October 2012 paid considerably less than their longer-serving colleagues. Photograph: Frank Miller

Doctors of all grades working in public hospitals who are members of the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) are expected to vote in favour of strike act(...)

Medical bodies claim consultants appointed after October 2012 earn up to €50,000 less than longer-serving colleagues, and that this had led to health authorities being unable to fill about 500 full-time posts on a full-time basis. File photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

The Government will offer to end the lower pay system in place for hospital consultants appointed in recent years if they agree to treat only public (...)

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