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(...)

Michael A O’Sullivan, chairman of the Mercy University Hospital in Cork: ‘Don’t believe the facile populist analysis that it is the health sector’s inability to manage budgets that is the reason for overruns each year.’ File image: Google Streetview

t Current health service funds are not sufficient to meet the rising demand created by a growing and ageing population, a leading figure in the volun(...)

Dr Anthony McCarthy, psychiatrist at National Maternity Hospital: women pressurised into having a termination, and women exposed to strongly negative attitudes towards abortion, were likely to have “worse outcomes”.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Medical research has shown unwanted pregnancies are associated with an increased risk of mental health problems, the Oireachtas Committee on the Eight(...)

Consultant psychiatrist at the National Maternity Hospital Anthony McCarthy: “As doctors we must be aware of the complexities involved for everyone, and listen and not prejudge.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish women are accessing abortions in the later stage of their pregnancies due to the difficulties in accessing services, an Oireachtas committee is (...)

Independent Senator Rónán Mullen has addressed the fallout from his suggestion that Savita Halappanavar would not have been in hospital if abortion was legal in Ireland. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Independent Senator Rónán Mullen has addressed the fallout from his suggestion that Savita Halappanavar would not have been in hospital at the time of(...)

The option of replacing the Eighth Amendment with a constitutional provision which allowed for abortion in specified circumstances would be “likely to prove very difficult”, as grounds such as rape or fatal foetal abnormality would present “practical problems arising as to how they should be established and to whose satisfaction”. File photograph: iStockPhoto

The Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment has been warned that there are significant legal uncertainties inherent in all of the six options tha(...)

Dr Bela Ganatra and Dr Ronald Johnson of the  Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organisation, address the Oireachtas committee.

The master of the Rotunda Hospital Dublin, Prof Fergal Malone has said one woman had died in recent years while travelling home from the United Kingdo(...)

Abortion rights campaigners pass along the quays as part last year’s March for Choice. The 2017 event takes place in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Eric Luke

Thousands of people are expected at the 6th annual March for Choice in Dublin on Saturday. What’s the march about? The march is an annual protest a(...)

We have an increase in obesity and overweight in the population, and pregnancy is a particular risk factor

Three-quarters of pregnant women in Ireland are becoming overweight by eating too much of the wrong kind of foods, which are lacking in essential vita(...)

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association warned key targets in relation to cancer care were  being missed. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The Government needs to invest more than €5 billion in additional beds, equipment and infrastructure as there is now clear evidence acute hospitals ar(...)

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