The plan provided for ‘packages of care’  from birth to the age of 16  and were to include  preventive advice, referrals, prescriptions, fillings, extractions, assessments, orthodontics and oral surgery

There is no prospect of free dental care for children under age six being introduced next September as envisaged by the Government, dentists have said(...)

The Government announced free dental care for under-sixes in this month’s budget, but this will first have to be negotiated with the Irish Dental Association. Photograph: Getty

Thousands of children are missing out on essential dental checks until the end of primary school due to cutbacks in Health Service Executive services.(...)

Dentist Gillian Smith with  Millie Byrne: “The dentistry of children isn’t complicated but the behaviour management is.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Parents who trot their children in and out of their local dentist’s surgery once or twice a year and pay for the privilege, might be forgiven for forg(...)

Irish group The Henry Girls, who play at the Olympia Theatre for A Night for Aware on April 7th

1) Radio presenter Shonagh Lyons is shining atlight on Post Natal Depression this weekend in a new audio documentary. Her own experience dealing (...)

Three out of four dentists who completed the survey said they would like to leave the scheme within five years. Photograph: Frank Miller

There has been a stark rise in the number of tooth extractions over the past decade due to the structure of the medical card scheme, the Irish Dental (...)

The number of fillings carried out for medical card patients dropped by 37 per cent. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

State support for dental treatment, through PRSI and medical card schemes, has fallen from a high of almost €150 million in 2009 to less than €75 mill(...)

A HSE report has claimed that Abbey Healthcare Ltd, a pharmacy business in south Dublin, received a total of €835,910 in fees and mark-up payments in 2014. Photograph: PA Wire

One pharmacy in Dublin received more than €800,000 in fees for dispensing drugs and medicines under various State schemes last year, according to a HS(...)

More than 18,200 children are on waiting lists for orthodontic treatment, including 6,800 who have been waiting for treatment for over two years, acco(...)

Irish Pharmacy Union president Darragh O’Loughlin: said pharmacists expected to be treated no differently from GPs or any other group. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Pharmacists and dentists are to press the Government to begin reversing cuts to fees and allowances that were put in place under financial emergenc(...)

Leaving it too late to examine children’s teeth will lead to expensive problems in the future. Photograph: Getty

Back when he was minister for health, Charles Haughey distributed a toothbrush and paste to every schoolchild in the State. Political stroke or not, t(...)

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