Minister for Health Simon Harris said the NTPF would also be given €15 in the Budget in October to tackle waiting lists. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government wants a reactivated National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF)to provide about 1,500 endoscopy procedures for patients on waiting lists in(...)

New official figures published on Friday showed the numbers queuing for in-patient/day case hospital procedures and out-patient appointments continued to rise in recent weeks. File photograph: Getty Images

Record numbers of people are now on hospital waiting lists, Fianna Fáil has claimed. New official figures published on Friday showed the numbers queu(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris called the ESRI publication a “timely and important contribution to our thinking on how to improve health services and healthcare in this country”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Future Government reforms should aim to increase the extent of universal health coverage while building from the existing system, a new paper drawn u(...)

The Government is introducing a second free year for preschool children. Photograph: iStock

The Government will introduce a second free year for preschool children from September 2016 as part of key priorities during the first year of its ter(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris: said task force needed a clear “to-do list”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Health Simon Harris is to overhaul the emergency department task force and set it targets on hospital overcrowding. In an interview wi(...)

Enda Kenny: Areas already identified by the Taoiseach include the preparation of a plan for housing in the first 100 days. Photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has asked his senior Ministers to outline a range of measures that can be completed within one year, with recognition in Governme(...)

Agreed annual performance targets are to be linked to new activity-based funding

The Government is planning to “dismantle” the HSE which will in time evolve into a new Health Commission. Under the new programme for government, expe(...)

 There is little from Barry Cowen’s ‘Generation Rent’ document, which is odd considering he only published it in August and was at the forefront of Fianna Fáil’s negotiating team. Photograph: Eric Luke

Unlike a Programme for Government, or certainly an election manifesto, there’s something more honest about this so-called Confidence and Supply Arrang(...)

General secretary of the INMO, Liam Doran, said if anyone needed to spend weeks and weeks in talks to conclude the health service needed multi-year funding, “they have not been living on planet Earth”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The new agreement between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil on how the country will be governed is “minimalist and completely inadequate” in relation to its p(...)

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

The following is the full text of the Fine Gael-Fianna Fáil document which deals with the mechanics of how a minority government arrangement will wor(...)

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