Any industrial action is unlikely to take place until mid- to late January. File photograph: Getty

Hospital doctors including consultants and non-consultant personnel who are members of the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) have voted “overwhelmingly(...)

Medical bodies argue that  lower pay rates for newer-entrant consultants has led to hospitals being unable to fill about 500 specialist posts on a permanent basis. File photograph: Getty

Hospital consultants and non-consultant hospital doctors are to ballot for industrial action early next month unless the Government sets out concrete (...)

Consultant psychiatrist Dr Matthew Sadlier said: “The Government’s recklessly belligerent attitude is radicalising our members who are now considering the need to withdraw services until pay parity is restored.” File image: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Hospital consultants are to ballot for strike action in September unless the Government moves to address what they describe as the recruitment and ret(...)

Incoming IMO president Dr Peadar Gilligan said until the 30 per cent pay cut imposed on consultants was fully addressed “we will have challenges recruiting the almost 500 unfilled consultant posts”. Photograph:  Shane O’Neill

Between 10 and 12 per cent of all Irish adults are being prescribed antidepressants, a leading psychiatrist has estimated. Speaking at the annual con(...)

The identity of doctors under investigation by the council should remain protected until such time as an adverse finding is made against them, according to a motion passed at the conference. Photograph: Thinkstock

A plan to provide free GP care for all within five years is unrealistic and probably unachievable with current resources, the president of the Irish M(...)

Under the Mental Health Act, patients are treated as children until the age of 18 (unless they are married). Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Doctors have called on Government departments to establish a clear definition of a child for treatment in the health system. A patient aged under 16 (...)

Incoming president of the Irish Medical Organisation Dr Trevor Duffy (left) with outgoing president Dr Matthew Sadlier  at the IMO annual conference at Carton House Hotel in Maynooth today. Photograph: Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

The Irish Medical Organisation is to ballot its 5,000 members on whether they want to press ahead with a proposed review into how the organisat(...)

The IMO described the HSE’s reversal on the level of savings to be made under medical card probity tests from €113 million to €23 million as a “u-turn” which “undermines the HSE’s credibility on financial issues”.

The HSE service plan for 2014 has been described as an “austerity charter” by the Irish Medical Organisation which says the proposed budget is not ade(...)

Some €666 million will have to be shaved off health spending next year in order to meet Government targets, making next year “the most challenging yet”, according to Dr Reilly.

Thousands of people are set to lose their medical cards in a major drive against fraud announced in Budget 2014.Minister for Health James Reilly decli(...)

Medical council president Prof Kieran Murphy: not all psychiatrists worked in centres registered by the Mental Health Commission. Photograph: Eric Luke

Medical Council president Prof Kieran Murphy sought changes to the legislation allowing for two psychiatrists to grant an abortion in cases where a(...)

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