Online medical services: beneficial or a cause for concern?

We use our phones and computers for work, online shopping, and the majority of our banking services – so why not for a visit to the GP? A video or onl(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris  said that provision for conscientious objectors would be provided for in the final legislation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Moves to draw up clinical guidelines for the introduction of abortion services will begin on Tuesday through a consultation process with GP bodies and(...)

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The Government has agreed a multimillion euro deal with GPs to facilitate a free repeat smear test and a medical consultation after more than a week o(...)

Consultants providing treatment to patients under a new Government-funded €50 million initiative to reduce hospital waiting lists will have to be fully-trained specialists. Photograph: iStock

Consultants providing treatment to patients under a new Government-funded €50 million initiative to reduce hospital waiting lists will have to be full(...)

File photograph: Alan Betson

New figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation’s (INMO) trolley watch confirm that demand for emergency hospital admissions continues to (...)

Currently, oral hormonal contraception pills, patches, rings and injections all require a prescription. Photograph: Getty

GPs have strongly rejected proposals by the Irish Pharmacy Union that pharmacists should be given control of a State-funded, free national contracepti(...)

The Irish Medical Organisation passed a proposal at the weekend  calling for an alcohol test for pregnant women. Photograph: Thinkstock

A test for alcohol use during pregnancy would give doctors an opportunity to “stage an intervention”, the former president of the Irish Medical Organi(...)

Incoming IMO president Dr Peadar Gilligan has warned that doctors across the various medical disciplines are facing grave challenges. Photograph: Shane O’Neill

The health service faces a severe shortage of heart and orthopaedic specialists if proposed restrictions on private practice are introduced, doctors h(...)

Simon Harris: ‘We must make real changes to healthcare delivery in order to have a sustainable healthcare system’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Reform in the health service is not optional and additional money is not the sole solution to its difficulties, the Minister for Health Simon Harris h(...)

Dr Blánaid Hayes,the dean of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine at the RCPI, speaking at the annual conference of the Irish Medical Organisation. Photograph: Shane O’Neill

Nearly one in three hospital doctors are suffering from burnout, the annual conference of the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has been told. Dr Blán(...)

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