Revised Labour Court proposal: “Among the key recommendations are significant pay improvements, which offer the prospect of better nurse retention as well as a carrot to attract home nursing graduates who have opted to work abroad.” File photograph: Getty

Could the tide be slowly turning for our beleaguered public health system? Recent developments offer some hope, albeit no certainty, for the future. (...)

Dr Cliona Murphy: “I thought I would see more women coming into the hospitals,” says the chairwoman of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Photograph: Tom Honan

The 100th day of Ireland’s new abortion service was marked last Thursday in the same way as all the previous days – by a conspicuous lack of comment. (...)

Doctors who left the register  pointed to a lack of employer support, workplace understaffing and the hours expected to work in the context of the European Working Time Directive. Photograph: Getty Images

The healthcare system has an over-reliance on doctors who are trained overseas and is facing challenges in recruiting and retaining Irish personnel, t(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at an event to discuss Sláintecare last month. File photograph: Aoife Moore/PA

There has been a long-running joke at the top of Government as to whether Theresa May would secure her Brexit deal before Simon Harris reached a new a(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  and Minister for Health Simon Harris during an announcement regarding primary care. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Free GP care is to be introduced on a phased basis over a number of years to all children up to age 12, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. He said ini(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris said he hoped to announce details of the new agreement with family doctors in the coming days. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Minister for Health Simon Harris has said he wants to see more children receive free GP care in the future. Mr Harris said it was Government pol(...)

The new proposal would involve the introduction of services for medical-card patients with chronic illnesses such as diabetes or cardiovascular conditions. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

The Government is close to finalising a €200 million agreement with family doctors which would involve the introduction of new services for medical-ca(...)

Paul Bell, Siptu health division organiser, said the Government had refused to engage on findings that his union’s members had been ‘underpaid for many years’. Photograph: Eric Luke

More than 7,000 hospital support staff are to ballot next month for strike action as part of disputes over pay. The staff involved include about 1,00(...)

’The vast majority of senior medical and surgical specialists in Ireland believe our failure to recruit consultants is making Irish hospitals more unsafe’

The Government is “anti-doctor” and “anti-consultant”, the head of the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has contended. Dr Peadar Gilligan said the co(...)

Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Healthcare authorities have insisted that the first phase of the new national children’s hospital will open on schedule this summer despite there bein(...)

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