Mayo GP Dr Gerry Crowley speaking at the No Doctor No Village public meeting. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Jerry Cowley, a Mayo GP who became an Independent TD in 2002 after he became infuriated by the standard of medical care in rural Ireland, stood in fro(...)

Residents of Bansha, Co Tipperary, pack their local community hall at a public meeting in November. They are concerned that a GP vacancy be filled. Photograph: John D Kelly

The Health Service Executive has reinstated allowances in a bid to fill a rural GP post in Bansha, Co Tipperary, even though the post was originally (...)

Doctors’ organisations argue the payments do not take into account practice expenses and overheads and therefore do not represent income for individual GPs.  Photograph: PA

The State’s 100 top-earning GP practices and co-operatives shared gross payments of almost €50 million from the HSE during 2014, according to the late(...)

Taxpayers have been left with a stiff bill for the rising cost of erectile dysfunction drugs provided to medical-card holders by the HSE

Taxpayers have been left with a stiff bill for the rising cost of erectile dysfunction drugs provided to medical-card holders by the HSE. More than €5(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar and Minister for Primary and Social Care  Kathleen Lynch pictured in 2014. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) website crashed on Monday morning as parents began registering their children for free GP care for under-sixes. A H(...)

 Gerard Finn, who died from Alzheimer’s disease after spending many years in a nursing home, with his daughters Sharon and Lourda, who is holding her son Fionn, in October 2006. Photograph copied by Liam Burke/Press 22.

‘It’s easier to dope up a patient like he doesn’t exist’ Something was happening to Lourda Finn’s father. A few months after being admitted into a nu(...)

In a sworn statement, Co Clare based Dr Yvonne Williams, represented by Eanna Mulloy SC and Phelim O’Neill solicitors, said the new under-sixes scheme would lead to a “dramatic increase” in the frequency with which under-sixes would present at her practice. File photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

A medical doctor’s High Court action against the HSE’s plans to provide free GP services to children under six years of age has been adjourned. In wha(...)

Minister for Health Leo  Varadkar said allowing pharmacists to vaccinate against the flu saw almost 41,000 patients vaccinated in pharmacies during the 2013/2014 “flu season” - twice the number of patients vaccinated in the previous year. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar is keen to see Irish pharmacists prescribing medicines, he told community pharmacists at their conference in Killarne(...)

The more things change the more things stay the same. So it is with the health service as it faces into another challenging year. Emergency department(...)

A file image of Dr Ray Walley, chairman of the GP committee of the IMO. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Ireland and other European countries are experiencing a “silent epidemic” of superbugs caused by rising resistance to antibiotics, a conference on pri(...)