Fianna Fail health spokesman Stephen Donnelly asked whether anyone had been fired or sanctioned for the ‘catastrophic failures’ of the health system. File Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

More than 30,000 patients will be taken off waiting lists this year without ever having seen a doctor, the Oireachtas health committee has been told. (...)

Fianna Fáil health spokesman Stephen Donnelly: “Clearly, if people no longer need the appointment then they should not be on the list but they should not be removed simply because the GP hasn’t had time to reply speedily.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Nearly 70,000 patients have been removed from waiting lists this year without ever having seen a consultant, it has emerged. The 69,836 patients were(...)

The National Treatment Purchase Fund was allocated €75m in this week’s budget for initiatives to cut waiting lists next year. Photograph: Getty

, Health Correspondent The number of people waiting for an outpatient hospital appointment with a doctor has risen to a new record of 515,547. The (...)

The extra 100,000 GP visit cards available for those on lower incomes will be widely welcomed, except by overworked GPs. File photograph: Getty Images

The biggest health budget in the history of the State was announced on a day when figures published outside the Dáil starkly illustrated how poorly mu(...)

 Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Finance, prior to announcing Budget 2019

As European Union leaders prepare for crunch talks next week on the United Kingdom’s exit from the bloc, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has fram(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe introducing the budget in Leinster House.

Below is the full statement of the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe announcing the budget to the Dáil on Tuesday(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Increases in carbon tax and changes to the special VAT rate for the hospitality sector are being considered for the October budget, Fianna Fáil leader(...)

Fianna Fáil deputy leader Dara Calleary has warned Fine Gael to be ‘honest’ about where it has fallen down in housing and health. Photograph: Henry Wills

Fianna Fáil should support the Government for an extra budget if it agrees with Fine Gael to extend the confidence-and-supply deal that underpins the (...)

NTPF chief executive Liam Sloyan said it may start looking at addressing the outpatient list once the inpatient list is brought under control. Photograph: Eric Luke

Public patients who have been waiting years for hospital outpatient appointments may be seen privately as early as next year. The National Treatment(...)

Bon Secours is in the throes of a €150 million investment across its estate including expansion of its clinical facilities in Cork. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Bon Secours Hospital Group – the largest provider of private healthcare in the State – reported a dip in inpatient numbers last year due to a fall in (...)

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