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Why do we spend enough money to have a first-class health service but end up with waiting lists that will top a million patients this year? Photograph: Pierre Andrieu/AFP/Getty Images

Why does the State not work? Why is it chronically unable to produce effective, timely and fair responses to social crises? Why can it not tackle a cr(...)

The annual overruns in the health budget are as predictable now as the arrival of the first swallow. Photograph: Getty Images

No sooner was the Sláintecare implementation plan published when it started. The nurses said it would all collapse if the issue of their “inadequate p(...)

NTPF chief executive Liam Sloyan said it may start looking at addressing the outpatient list once the inpatient list is brought under control. Photograph: Eric Luke

Public patients who have been waiting years for hospital outpatient appointments may be seen privately as early as next year. The National Treatment(...)

Some of the correspondence questioned the celebratory scenes in Dublin Castle on the day of the referendum count. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/ Getty Images

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Simon Harris were referred to as “godless”, “sinners”, an “instrument of the devil” and as promoting th(...)

The Rotunda Hospital. Photograph: David Sleator

The Rotunda Hospital has warned the Government that patients will face serious health risks in overcrowded conditions unless a major interim developme(...)

 Minister for Health Simon Harris:  the Government denies he is considering an interim law to assist women who have received a diagnosis of a fatal foetal abnormality and to decriminalise those who procure an abortion.   Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Government will not introduce any legislation to implement the outcome of the referendum on the Eighth Amendment until court challenges to the res(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris was unable to specify costings for the individual actions listed in the Sláintecare plan when he published it on Wednesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Publication of the Sláintecare implementation strategy provides a framework to advance much-needed reform of our health system. Launched in May (...)

The Irish consumer can spend as little as 50 cent for beer and cider while the price of a single standard gin drink is 60 cent, according to a pricing survey by Alcohol Action Ireland.

Alcohol in Ireland now costs so little that a woman can consume enough to damage her health by spending just €5.50 a week while a “fatal” amount can b(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris and Laura Magahy, executive director of the Sláintecare Programme Office. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

The Government’s has unveiled its 10-year plan to reform the health service but has failed to provide a definitive timeline for the Sláintecare initia(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris and  Laura Magahy, executive director of the Sláintecare programme office, pictured at the publication of the Sláintecare implementation strategy. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Sláintecare implementation strategy aims to deliver on the actions outlined in the all-party Oireachtas committee report published last year. The(...)

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