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Cannabis: the Cabinet is likely to consider proposals in June to decriminalise the possession of a small amount for personal use. Photograph: Image Bank/Getty

On Monday The Irish Times published a letter by 20 prominent doctors claiming Ireland was “sleepwalking” into the legalisation of cannabis on the(...)

Vera Twomey says her daughter, who has severe epilepsy, is thriving since she started using medicinal cannabis and hasn’t been admitted to hospital in two years. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Medicinal cannabis campaigner Vera Twomey has said that she was “devastated” to read the comments of doctors in Monday’s Irish Times who criticised “t(...)

Plants at a medical cannabis company in Israel. Photograph: Amir Cohen/File Photo/Reuters

Ireland is “sleepwalking” into the legalisation of cannabis on the back of a campaign of misinformation about the drug, according to doctors who have (...)

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition triggered when infection in the bloodstream overwhelms the body’s immune system.  Photograph: iStock

A breakthrough in rapid testing for sepsis has been given a lukewarm welcome by Irish doctors who believe it will take time to fully measure its poten(...)

Dr Matt Widdowson, at home with his children Aoife and Eoin, in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The overwhelming concern of most new parents after they get home from the maternity hospital is will they be able to keep their tiny infant alive. Fro(...)

There is mounting concern at the highest echelons of the Department of Health that healthcare professionals are failing to avail of the flu vaccine in sufficient numbers. File photograph: Getty Images

A mandatory order requiring health professionals to have the flu vaccine is under consideration. Minister for Health Simon Harris has said he will co(...)

The level of overcrowding in hospitals across the country has eased with 473 people on trolleys. Photograph: iStock

A former president of the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has questioned suggestions by the HSE that flu cases are likely to peak in the coming days.(...)

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 (...)

Should all schools and rugby unions should be collecting data on injuries to children? Above: Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Rugby Junior Cup Final Replay, Donnybrook, Dublin. St Michael’s College vs Blackrock College. Michael’s Zach Harrison scores a try. Photograph: ©INPHO/James Crombie

No parent standing on the sidelines watching their children play sport wants to imagine having to witness a serious injury on the scale of footballer (...)

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