A file image of medical staff treating a Covid-19 patient. The IMO said the pandemic had brought the fragile nature of the health service into sharp focus. Photograph: Alan Betson

One part of the health system cannot tell another part of the health system whether a particular patient has received the Covid-19 vaccine, the Irish (...)

IHCA president Prof Alan Irvine said there was no clear allocation of funding to hire additional hospital consultants and other frontline professionals.  Photograph: Getty Images

Doctors have described the Government’s new plan to get the health service through the winter as disappointing and said the additional bed capacity pr(...)

IMO president Dr Padraig McGarry: “we must never again allow our health services to be so underfunded and understaffed”. File photograph: Getty Images

Doctors have called for an investment programme “of historic proportions” in the country’s health service on foot of the current Covid-19 crisis. In (...)

The IMO said planned government investment in the acute hospital sector had to be reviewed to allow for a significant up-front injection of funding to provide 2,000 additional beds within two years. Photograph: Getty Images

Doctors are seeking 2,000 additional hospital beds to be provided in the first two years of the next government, an end to lower pay rates in place f(...)

IMO president Dr Padraig McGarry warned that GP services were “at breaking point both in our day-time and out-of-hours service”.   File photograph: Getty

Doctors have said there are serious question marks over the viability of Government plans to extend free GP care to children aged up to 13 years. The(...)

The State Claims Agency last week said it had paid out €208 million in damages to plaintiffs in relation to medical negligence cases since the start of the year. Photograph: iStock

Doctors have called on the Government to reform the system for resolving medical negligence cases as it emerged more than €265 million has been paid o(...)

Under new legislation, a person will be deemed not to have agreed to be a donor if they had, while alive, registered their wish not to become one. Photograph: Peter Dazeley via Getty

A merged opt-in and opt-out register to consent to organ donations could sow doubts and lead to fewer donations, a Department of Health official has s(...)

The IMO said that hospital consultants employed after October 2012 were paid up to €50,000 less than colleagues appointed before that date. Photograph: Thinkstock

Hospital consultants will ballot for industrial action if the Government does not set a date for pay talks within the next few days the Irish Medical (...)

Doctors have warned that the introduction of the new extended free GP service should not be taken for granted. File photograph: Getty

The Government wants to introduce free GP care for all children under eight years of age from the middle of next year, Minister for Health Simon Harri(...)

As part of the agreement, the IMO dropped its objection in principle to the Government’s plans to extend free GP care to further cohorts of children.  File photograph:  Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

GPs have overwhelmingly backed the €210 million deal with the Government to reverse cuts made during the economic downturn and reform the management o(...)

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