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(...)

The  IMO maintained that nearly one third of women non-consultant hospital doctors reported being bullied on the basis of their gender. File photograph: iStock

One in five women non-consultant hospital doctors say they have been sexually harassed in their workplace in the past two years, according to the Iris(...)

Dr. Rhona Mahony: ’I can only conclude there is a positive effort to prevent recruitment’. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

The bureaucracy associated with recruiting consultants in hospitals in Ireland, a country with a deficit of doctors, is extraordinary and in many case(...)

Family doctors have warned further increases in eligibility for free GP care in the absence of increased capacity will lead to waiting lists. Photograph: PA.

Family doctors have warned further increases in eligibility for free GP care in the absence of increased capacity will jeopardise the provision of sam(...)

Blocked beds: the budget provided an extra €37 million to tackle delayed hospital discharges, which contribute significantly to the trolley crisis in emergency departments. Photograph: iStock/Getty

The Government is undoubtedly seeking to make inroads into the very contentious problems of waiting lists and hospital trolleys in its health budget f(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris “wants to work with GPs and address their concerns” over the free GP care scheme, a spokeswoman said. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Health Simon Harris has said he hopes to expand the number of children covered by free GP care next year. The scale of any extension and(...)

There will be no new overall contract for the provision of GP services negotiated with the Government this year, the IMO has signalled. File photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire

There will be no new overall contract for the provision of general practitioner (GP) services negotiated with the Government this year, the Irish Medi(...)

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