Sara Burke

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“One is more likely to be seen by a consultant if one is a private patient, and more likely to be treated by a more junior doctor if a public patient.” Photograph: Getty Images

Disentangling and removing private care from public hospitals is essential to delivering universal healthcare in Ireland, researchers who advised the (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Sláintecare’s Laura Magahy and  Dr Tom Keane, and Minister for Health Simon Harris: the people need to lead the politicians on health matters. Photograph:

Many of the worst problems that exist in the Irish health system are a direct result of choices Irish political leaders have not made. Key decisions d(...)

In the wake of this controversy, politicians from across the political divide might reflect on what is required to remedy the problem. File photograph: Getty Images

Vicky Phelan, Emma Mhic Mhathúna and Stephen Teap (husband of Irene) have consistently called for management and political accountability for the heal(...)

Vested interest groups have sought to rubbish the costings and declare Sláintecare unfeasible.  These include the highest-paid healthcare professionals. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA

There is general agreement that our current health system is not working for most of the people who use it or who work in it. There is also consensus (...)

 Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil TDs have expressed alarm at a proposal to completely separate public and private healthcare in the Republic. Photograph: Getty Images

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil TDs have expressed alarm at a proposal to completely separate public and private healthcare in the Republic. A draft report(...)

 A seminar on health policy has heard financial barriers to healthcare need to be dismantled. File photograph: PA

Irish people are paying € 600 million more for essential drugs and hospital care today than they were in 2007, a seminar on health policy has been tol(...)

President Michael D Higgins and Dr Jim Browne, President of NUI Galway, at The Human Right to Health meeting at NUIG on Friday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

President Michael D Higgins has called for a “deepening of the discourse” between economics and human rights, particularly the human right to health.I(...)

Counting down the minutes to medical attention while waiting on a hospital trolley in the wee small hours, one may have many thoughts: but not necessa(...)

“Crude cuts” affecting the Irish health system have led to diminishing returns from 2013 onwards a working paper from the Trinity-based Resilie(...)

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Here, some key players in and observers of the 2004 smoking ban – including Micheál Martin, who was minister for health; Prof Luke Clancy, a leadin(...)