Prof Marc de Smet: “We anticipate that procedures currently off-limits will now be feasible, such as facilitating the delivery of gene therapy to the retina.” Photograph: Shane O’Neill, SON Photographic

The use of robots in surgery is going to transform medicine in the near future and revolutionise eye operations where a high degree of precision is re(...)

The operation is designed to replace a hip joint which has been damaged, usually by arthritis.

More than 2,100 people are waiting for hip replacement operations in the State’s hospitals, figures from the Health Service Executive show. The opera(...)

Blocked beds: the budget provided an extra €37 million to tackle delayed hospital discharges, which contribute significantly to the trolley crisis in emergency departments. Photograph: iStock/Getty

The Government is undoubtedly seeking to make inroads into the very contentious problems of waiting lists and hospital trolleys in its health budget f(...)

Exchequer spending on the ‘Fair Deal’ scheme – which covers about 23,000 people – increased by about €34m over the last three years to €917m this year. File photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

The cost of the “Fair Deal” nursing homes scheme has been sustainable for the exchequer so far but funding requirements could increase significantly i(...)

The health service is to receive a €40 million package of support measures for hospitals to allow for the opening of new units next year and to improve access to diagnostics and “surge” capacity. Photograph: Getty Images

The health service is to receive an extra €685 million in current and capital funding next year, which will allow the recruitment of 1,800 front-line (...)

Budget 2018 will see between €1.1 and €1.2 billion of new spending and tax cuts, split 2:1  in favour of spending. Photograph: Getty

In his maiden budget speech as Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe set out the first set of budgetary measures from the Government under the leadersh(...)

 Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe.  There will be increased staffing across the public sector to deal with Britain’s withdrawal from the EU. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Paschal Donohoe is to say that the Government is moving towards “sustainable” budgets when he announces his first tax and spending package as Minister(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe:  the overall size of the package of new tax cuts and spending commitments  is expected to be about €1.1 billion to €1.2 billion. Photograph: Reuters

Significant increases in spending on health, welfare and infrastructure, paid for by tax increases on commercial property transactions, will be unveil(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris “wants to work with GPs and address their concerns” over the free GP care scheme, a spokeswoman said. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Health Simon Harris has said he hopes to expand the number of children covered by free GP care next year. The scale of any extension and(...)

 St Vincent’s Private Hospital. Letsbuyhealthcare aims to strike deals with private hospitals by negotiating collectively for a large number of patients who need the same treatment.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Thousands of patients may be able to access cut-price treatment in private hospitals, even though they do not have private health insurance, under a n(...)

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