The speed of processing tests has improved but, according to HSE chief executive Paul Reid, the average time to get a result is now 2.4 days. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA

The head of one of the country’s largest contact tracing centres has said it is vital test results for coronavirus are turned around within 48 hours b(...)

 Terry Wilders attends the F2 Centre in Dublin’s Fatima district every day. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

“There are days I’d love to stay in bed but I can’t. I get a phonecall or a text saying where are you,” Terry Wilders says happily. He doesn’t mind th(...)

Dr Darach Ó Ciardha, Jobstown family practice, Tallaght, Dublin with (on screen) Mary O’Brien, co-founder and chief executive, of VideoDoc at the official launch of online video consultations for patients in Tallaght, Dublin

Patients at a Tallaght GP practice will soon be able to consult their doctor online in what is described as a first for telemedicine in Ireland. Jobs(...)

Two out of three doctors say they have seen their income reduced by at least 20 per cent in the last three years, while 69 per cent say they have struggled to meet normal expenses. Photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA

Most patients will have to wait days to see their doctor if free GP care for under-sixes is introduced, a new survey among general practitioners ind(...)

GPs believe the Government’s proposals for universal health insurance will reduce choice and increase inequality.

GPs have criticised the Government’s plan for Universal Health Insurance, saying it will reduce patient choice and “do more harm than good”.The Irish (...)

Prof Michael Barry, head of the HSE’s drug purchasing programme, said the medicines management programme was highlighting safety issues around two new treatments and other medications that were prescribed with them. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Consent forms should be introduced for patients receiving prescription medicines to ensure they are informed about their medication and possibl(...)

Online doctors (from left): Dr Christina Hennessey, Dr Tatjana Street, Stephen Bourke, Dr Tom Brett, and Dr Gigi Taguri

Ireland’s first online doctor does not like the term ‘online doctor’. “We actually hate the word if I’m honest,” admits Stephen Bourke, managing direc(...)