Minister for Health Simon Harris. Sláintecare suffered from two defects – a lack of proper costings and a failure to specify just how one of its main goals, the disentanglement of public and private medicine, was to be achieved. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

Nothing was so telling about the likely fate of the recently published report examining private activity in public hospitals as the date on the cover.(...)

About 2,500 consultants have contractual rights to see private patients. File photograph: Getty

At the launch of the report of the review group on private practice in State-owned and funded hospitals its chairman Donal de Buitléir said he was a “(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris. File photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe has warned that the cost of removing private medical practice from public hospitals would be “signifi(...)

For Sláintecare proposals to be implemented, consultants must be given contracts that allow only public activity in public hospitals, a report says. Image: iStock

The Government should introduce special derogations from official pay caps for senior medical consultants to facilitate the health service in filling (...)

Sources say the report contains a detailed roadmap for removing private patients from public hospitals. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Plans to remove private healthcare from public hospitals, a cornerstone of the Sláintecare reform plan, are likely to take considerably longer and be (...)

The ESRI found that hourly wage inequality between high and low earners reduced by up to 8 per cent on foot of the minimum wage change. Photograph: iStock

The Government’s decision to raise the State’s minimum wage in 2016 reduced income inequality but had little impact on overall household income, a new(...)

Minimum wage workers are  more likely to lose their jobs than higher paid employees, according to the ESRI study.

About one in three workers on minimum wage moved to higher paying jobs within nine months, a study by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI(...)

Any increase in the national minimum wage on foot of the new recommendation could benefit up to 120,000 workers. File photograph: Getty Images

The national minimum wage is likely to be increased by 25 cent to €9.80 an hour later this year under new proposals to be given to Government. The Lo(...)

Last year the Government appointed a group chaired by Dr Donal de Buitléir to conduct an independent review of removing private practice from public hospitals. Photograph: Getty Images

Plans to remove private patients from public hospitals under Sláintecare reform proposals will cost the health service up to €800 million per year in (...)

 Ruairí Quinn: he  suggested the  IIEA Brexit hub could play “a leading role in achieving cross-sectoral collaboration”

Talk is cheap. Sometimes. In the case of the Institute for International and European Affairs (IIEA), debate around Brexit could have been pretty expe(...)

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