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Minister for Health Simon Harris at the launch of a new national day to recognise the unsung heroes from frontline and emergency services at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The rate of uptake of the cervical cancer vaccine increased by 15 percentage points in the last year, figures from the Health Service Executive (HSE) (...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris: has been asked  to close the €109 million funding gap in the health service’s capital budget to ensure an “essential” Galway cancer treatment unit is built. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Any delay in developing a new €30-million cancer treatment centre in Galway is “completely unacceptable”, the president of the National Association of(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris. The Department of Health papers note that “a key issue for health agencies, where unfunded pension liabilities are recognised, is the absence of a matching pension asset”. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Key health providers face possible insolvency in a dispute over pension liabilities in a confrontation that health officials warn could have adverse i(...)

Paul Williams and Shane Coleman

It’s hard to believe Paul Williams has the time to be bored, what with anchoring a news show and engaging in verbal skirmishes with his on-air colleag(...)

Highly placed sources within the HSE say the overrun this year could be between €750 million and a worst-case scenario of €1.1 billion.  Photograph: Alan Betson

By the last week in June, officials in the Department of Public Expenditure were worried and wanted answers. The latest health spending figures had ju(...)

Funding pressures could mean the  new National Children’s Hospital will be delayed

The development of new facilities for cancer patients in Galway, for those with kidney conditions in Tallaght Hospital and a new psychiatric unit in S(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris: The Department  refused on a number of occasions in recent weeks to say what projects could be affected by the current capital funding pressures. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

In the plush surroundings of a five-star hotel overlooking the lakes of Killarney last April, Minister for Health Simon Harris told doctors that the €(...)

Thousands of Siptu members in State-funded organisations providing health and social care have deferred a one-day strike in a dispute over pay restoration.

A planned strike by more than 5,000 staff working in State-funding voluntary bodies providing health and social services, which was scheduled to go ah(...)

Dr Gabriel Scally:  said he only learned of CPL’s outsourcing of Irish smears in recent weeks and that he will compile a supplementary report for Minister for Health Simon Harris once he has investigated this further. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A significant part of the examination of Irish CervicalCheck smear tests by a US company were carried out at a lab where staff were mainly involved in(...)

 Finian McGrath: he said the government had been talking about ratifying the UN convention on the rights of people with disabilities for 15 years, but he and the Independent Alliance had made it happen. Photograph: Getty Images

The Independent Alliance has ended cronyism and brought stability to the country, its members said on Thursday, calling for another two years in offic(...)

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