There is mounting concern at the highest echelons of the Department of Health that healthcare professionals are failing to avail of the flu vaccine in sufficient numbers. File photograph: Getty Images

A mandatory order requiring health professionals to have the flu vaccine is under consideration. Minister for Health Simon Harris has said he will co(...)

The level of overcrowding in hospitals across the country has eased with 473 people on trolleys. Photograph: iStock

A former president of the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has questioned suggestions by the HSE that flu cases are likely to peak in the coming days.(...)

 INMO figures suggest  number of people on trolleys is down from the record levels of 677 reached last week.

The current level of hospital overcrowding will “look like a picnic” compared to what will happen in the future unless capacity is increased, the head(...)

Irish Pharmacy Union: its proposal would “alleviate pressure on overworked GPs”. Photograph: Bloomberg

Community pharmacists are urging the Government to introduce a minor-ailment scheme that would allow patients with medical cards to be treated for com(...)

The INMO said there were 483 patients awaiting admission to a hospital bed on trolleys  on Friday, down from nearly 600 on Thursday, and a record  677 on Wednesday

There were more than 2,400 patients on trolleys waiting for a hospital bed at some stage since the start of the new year, nurses have said. While th(...)

The Irish Medical Organisation  said the country’s hospitals were effectively running an emergency service only on a year-round basis, with elective procedures now down to a trickle.  Photograph: Getty images

As the hospital overcrowding crisis reached new record levels on Wednesday, Minister for Health Simon Harris said lessons learned in centres that were(...)

Dr Mary Rogan agrees that Fempi cuts had affected many GPs, and two doctors who had retired near her in Headford, Co Galway, had not been replaced. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

West coast general practitioners like Dr Mary Rogan and Dr Jerry Cowley know how deserving carers are of any sort of support, but they are worried abo(...)

The Irish Medical Organisation  said the Government’s plan could not go ahead without negotiations and the provision of adequate resources for general practice. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

It is likely to be next summer at the earliest before carers receive free GP visit cards under the new initiative announced this week by Minister for (...)

The Department of Health said all people in receipt of carer’s allowance were to receive a GP visit card, but the National Association of General Practitioners  said the  announcement was “a populist move to win votes”. File photograph: Getty Images

A pledge by Minister for Health Simon Harris to provide 40,000 carers with free visits to general practitioners is a “vote-buying exercise” that he ca(...)

21.4 per cent of female non-consultant hospital doctors and 11.5 per cent of male non-consultant hospital doctors report that they had experienced sexual harassment in the previous two years. Photograph: Getty

More than 60 per cent of female non-consultant doctors who say they have been sexually harassed in hospitals maintain that the perpetrator was a patie(...)

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