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(...)

HSE head Tony O’Brien: “If we do nothing ... we face ... an existential crisis in our capacity to provide the healthcare that our population needs.” File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Without reforms, the country will face an existential crisis in its capacity to provide healthcare for the population in the years ahead, the head of (...)

The issue of the crisis in general practice and the Government’s plans for a new contract and for a new arrangement on fees are expected to feature prominently at the IMO conference. Photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire

A reversal of austerity-era financial cuts for general practitioners could cost €120 million and will require doctors to take on additional work, Taoi(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris    is scheduled to address doctors at the annual conference of the IIMO in Killarney. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

A new deal between the State and general practitioners will be absolutely essential if the Government’s overall healthcare reforms are to be introduce(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris says he will be briefing the Cabinet in the coming days and that talks with GPs should be under way again in a matter of weeks.  Photograph: Photocall Ireland 

General practitioners have rejected proposals by the Government that would see the reversal of financial cuts imposed on them following the economic c(...)

National Children’s Hospital site at St James’s: HSE says details of  hours required for new paediatric posts have not been decided. Photograph: Eric Luke

The National Children’s Hospital project has been hit by a new row over moves by the Health Service Executive to appoint consultants on contracts whic(...)

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