Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell told health officials: “In the world of science, we like to separate fact and feelings.” Photograph: Eric Luke

More shock, more indignation, more disbelief – another day, another Oireachtas committee hearing into missed smear tests that should have flagged canc(...)

Stephanie O’Keeffe, the HSE’s national director of health and wellbeing, said she did not know most patients were not being told about issues with smear tests until Vicky  Phelan’s case emerged. File photograph: Aidan Crawley.

CervicalCheck committed an “error in not closing out the loop” when it failed to inform women about a clinical audit showing incorrect false negative (...)

Vicky Phelan and Stephen Teap arriving at  Leinster House on Wednesday afertnoon. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

The acting head of the health service has told terminally-ill Limerick woman Vicky Phelan who brought the CervicalCheck controversy to light that he i(...)

Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer at the Department of Health.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

No Ministers were informed about delays in telling women the results of cervical cancer screening audits, the Department of Health chief medical offic(...)

The PAC’s vice-chairman, Labour TD Alan Kelly, insisted that its work would continue. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government is on a collision course with the Public Accounts Committee over PAC plans to proceed with its own inquiries into the CervicalCheck sca(...)

Departing HSE chief Tony O’ Brien. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Memos provided to the departing head of the HSE on the background to the cervical screening audits are “devastating” and show that a strategy of conta(...)

 Gardasil  vaccine: the HSE and the World Health Organisation have repeatedly issued assurances that it is safe and effective.   Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Next month, along with the parents of more than 30,000 other girls who have just started secondary school, our family will be faced with a decision – (...)

Gardasil is the vaccine used in the vaccination programme for girls in their first year of secondary school. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Minister for Health Simon Harris has told groups he claims are “scaremongering” about the HPV vaccine to “butt out” of providing medical advice . Mr (...)

“Young men and women often present to their GP with a serious healthcare problem caused by alcohol, unaware that their intake of alcohol was the reason for the problem,” says Dr Mark Murphy of the Irish College of General Practitioners. Photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

A controversial alcohol Bill which will introduce minimum unit pricing and curtains over drinks displays in shops could return to the Seanad for deba(...)

“There is a real crisis in our GP services at the moment,” said Dr Padraig McGarry, chairman of the IMO’s GP committee. Photograph: Thinkstock

Talks on the establishment of a new contract between GPs and the Government are to commence within the next fortnight, it has emerged. Medical organ(...)

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