There is now a serious bottleneck in the reading of cervical smear tests after the number of tests increased from 280,000 in 2017 to 370,000 last year. The increase is largely the result of a decision by Minister for Health Simon Harris to offer women repeat smears if they had concerns in the wake of the controversy over the CervicalCheck programme. Photograph: Tom Honan

Events surrounding CervicalCheck continue to cast a shadow over the health service. A serious bottleneck has developed in the reading of cervical smea(...)

A view of the construction site of The National Children’s Hospital. Photograph: Tom Honan

1993: A single, tertiary children’s hospital for Dublin is proposed by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. It recommended the centre be built (...)

By the end of February last year, reports of flu cases had reached record levels – almost 2,900 people had been hospitalised. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Health officials have urged people in “at-risk” health groups to get the flu vaccine as reports emerge of up to four deaths from this season’s strain (...)

A pro-choice march in Dublin, 2015. Photograph: Eric Luke

Leading obstetricians are seeking to have the introduction of abortion delayed “because of risks to patient safety due to inadequate preparation” for (...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris: “Paternalism” and “offensive nature” of some doctors’ comments to women with cervical cancer, as relayed in the Scally report, resonated with him. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

No area of society escapes responsibility for the mistakes made during the CervicalCheck controversy, according to Minister for Health Simon Harris. (...)

CervicalCheck campaigner Vicky Phelan. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Publicity surrounding the CervicalCheck screening programme is helping increase the uptake of the HPV vaccine, a conference has heard. Prof Mary Horg(...)

It is flu season – or perhaps it is still lurking just around the corner. Either way, influenza is a nasty and potentially dangerous infection, and it(...)

Last winter, 45 per cent of hospital staff and a third of those in nursing homes got the flu jab. This winter, the target is 60 per cent. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA

The flu vaccine should be mandatory for doctors, nurses and care staff in high-risk parts of hospitals such as intensive care, cancer wards and emerge(...)

Mothers chatting at the entrance to a tenement building in Dublin, circa 1945. The contraceptive pill arrived in Ireland in 1963, however contraception was not legalised here until 1980 Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The Redemptorist “How many children have you?” asked The big Redemptorist. “Six, Father.” “The last, When was it born?” “Ten months ago.” “I cannot a(...)

Ireland’s Robbie Henshaw,  Olympian Sonia O’Sullivan, former Irish rugby international Shane Byrne and Cork camogie player Anna Geary  in the Phoenix Park  to show their support for  Breast Cancer Ireland’s Great Pink Run   on Saturday, October 13th, in the Phoenix Park, and on Sunday, October 14th, in Kilkenny Castle Park. To register go to Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall

1) October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and the Irish Cancer Society is keen for women to discuss any breast abnormalities with their doctors ear(...)

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