E-cigarettes: “Nicotine is highly addictive and is particularly harmful to the developing brain and other organs of the body,” says Dr Des Cox.  Photograph: Rolex Dela Pena

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) has called on the Government to fast track legislative measures to prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes(...)

Irish doctors are “pushed” to emigrate by factors such as  health cuts, deteriorating working conditions and reductions in new entrant salaries for consultants. They are also influenced by “pull factors” in Australia such as good working conditions and staffing levels. File photograph: Getty

Ever-rising levels of emigration of Irish doctors to Australia is having significant implications for the health service, according to new research. (...)

Ruth Morrissey and her husband Paul speaking outside Dublin’s High Court last week. Photograph: Michelle Devane/PA

Screening services should not be “paused” on foot of the High Court ruling in the case of terminally-ill Limerick woman Ruth Morrissey who sued over h(...)

Cork-based researchers offer a useful insight into the potential value for some women, and their families, of choosing to continue their pregnancies despite a prenatal lethal diagnosis of conditions like anencephaly.

In Ireland, prenatal diagnosis now enables pregnant women getting news about a disabling condition (likely to lead to death before or shortly after bi(...)

Doctors who left the register  pointed to a lack of employer support, workplace understaffing and the hours expected to work in the context of the European Working Time Directive. Photograph: Getty Images

The healthcare system has an over-reliance on doctors who are trained overseas and is facing challenges in recruiting and retaining Irish personnel, t(...)

Marie Downey, who died in her room at Cork University Maternity Hospital, with her newborn son beneath her, was known to have epilepsy. Photograph: Facebook

The exact cause of Marie Downey’s death, and that of her infant son, Darragh, in Cork University Maternity Hospital may not be ascertained until an in(...)

Low levels of work-life balance and high levels of stress were apparent among doctors of all grades. Photograph: Getty Images

Half of Irish hospital doctors say they are emotionally exhausted and overwhelmed by work, while one-third are experiencing burnout, according to new (...)

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 (...)

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