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(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris is to announce an initiative to help reduce the number of people on waiting lists for diagnostic endoscopy tests. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Minister for Health Simon Harris is to announce an initiative to help reduce the number of people on waiting lists for diagnostic endoscopy tests, als(...)

The number of people on public hospital waiting lists increased by 9,000 in July. File Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Drastic action needs to be taken by the Government to stop increasing waiting lists, the Irish Hospital Consultants Association has said. The number(...)

Billy Kelleher says the HSE has failed  to provide up-to-date figures on the number of people waiting for critical diagnostic scans in hospitals nationwide.

The Health Service Executive has been accused of stalling on the publication of waiting list figures for MRI, CT and other scans. Fianna Fáil Health (...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris: The number of outpatients waiting for a hospital appointment has grown by some 58,000 since he was appointed a year ago. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The number of people on public hospital waiting lists increased by some 6,000 in June, with more than 570,000 people awaiting treatment at the end of (...)

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