The Irish Patients’ Association says  33,000 people a year die in Europe as a direct consequence of an infection from antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish healthcare workers are among the best informed in Europe about antibiotic use and resistance, a new survey indicates. Over 70 per cent of Irish(...)

The number of people seeking private smears increased this year following controversy and uncertainty around the national screening programme. Photograph: Getty Images

The price of a private smear can vary by up to 200 per cent depending on which GP clinic you attend and which laboratory is used, The Irish Times has (...)

According to the IPA, validation letters were issued by the fund to over 195,300 patients on both inpatient and outpatient waiting lists. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Thousands of people awaiting hospital appointments who have not responded to letters asking if they still require them have been removed from national(...)

Ireland has been spending ‘like drunken sailors’ on healthcare over the past 20 years but has very little to show for it, a conference on patient rights has been told. Image: iStock.

Ireland has been spending “like drunken sailors” on healthcare over the past 20 years but has very little to show for it, a conference on patient righ(...)

According to  a survey  of 38 couples  who have had IVF in Ireland,  62 per cent  said they were not made aware of the lack of scientific evidence for the add-ons to prove success rates were boosted. Photograph: iStock

Many Irish clinics providing IVF for infertility also offer “optional extras” to allegedly boost chances of becoming pregnant. However, the cost of th(...)

Nurses on the picket line at James Connolly Memorial Hospital, Blanchardstown, on Wednesday. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Nurses began their campaign of industrial action yesterday buoyed up by widespread public support, but whether this can be maintained remains to be se(...)

Almost 4,000 incidents where equipment being used in the care of patients in Irish hospitals failed have been reported over a three-year period. File photograph: Getty Images

Almost 4,000 incidents where equipment being used in the care of patients in Irish hospitals failed have been reported over a three-year period. Thes(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris said it was regrettable some of findings from the Scally report had emerged before families were briefed.

Minister for Health Simon Harris said he will consider the view of the public health expert asked to investigate the CervicalCheck controversy that a (...)

The HPRA said  it was undertaking a “precautionary recall” of a number of specific medicines containing the active ingredient valsartan.

Patients using a blood pressure and heart medicine, withdrawn for precautionary reasons yesterday by the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA), (...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris said the collaboration would ensure  medicines could be sourced at an affordable price. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Patients in Ireland have not been getting access to new top-class drugs because of delays in getting approval and agreements on price, the body repres(...)

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