The processing delays stem from a dispute between the Department  Social Protection and GPs over the introduction of new illness certification forms in recent weeks. Photograph: iStock

Civil servants have warned they could take industrial action as a result of “aggressive and abusive” calls they are receiving due to delays in the pay(...)

The annual overruns in the health budget are as predictable now as the arrival of the first swallow. Photograph: Getty Images

No sooner was the Sláintecare implementation plan published when it started. The nurses said it would all collapse if the issue of their “inadequate p(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris and Laura Magahy, executive director of the Sláintecare Programme Office. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

The Government’s has unveiled its 10-year plan to reform the health service but has failed to provide a definitive timeline for the Sláintecare initia(...)

The National Association for General Practitioners estimates that as many as eight in 10 GPs would choose not to opt-in under such a system.

The Government is expected to design an opt-in system for medical professionals willing to provide abortion services and allow doctors conscientiously(...)

Not every GP will be able to provide for abortion because of a “host of factors”, including everyday practicalities, a spokeswoman for the National Association of General Practitioners said. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Family doctors will tell the government they must be allowed decide for themselves whether to offer abortion or not. The National Association of Gene(...)

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(...)

Advocates for a No vote in a demonstration on Grafton Street in Dublin. Photograph:  Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Undecided voters will have to decide in the next few days whether they accept the premise – framed by the Government and Together for Yes – that the o(...)

A new online system for approving patients for Versatis pain-relief patches has been criticised by one highly placed GP, who says it is placing an und(...)

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(...)

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