Over 1,000 Irish-trained GPs went to work in the UK alone between 2009 and 2013 and have not come back, according to the National Association of GPs

The biggest organisation representing GPs will play no direct part in crucial negotiations on a new contract for family doctors, an Oireachtas commit(...)

“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(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris said  he wanted to be the Minister who ‘breaks the vicious cycle of annual overcrowding’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

At least 1,000 additional hospital beds are needed immediately and 325 more will be needed every year for the next two decades to cope with the health(...)

The Irish Medical Organisation warns that at least 325 new hospital beds will be needed every year for the next two decades to keep pace with a rising – and ageing – population. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland is getting older, faster. The feat of an ageing population is considered a societal success – a measure of how health services successfully ba(...)

Padraig McGarry of the Irish Medical Organisation (with former minister for health Leo Varadkar):  said GPs were reaching a ‘breaking point’. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI) has said it has hundreds of beds available to help relieve pressure on hospitals continuing to struggle under the pressure(...)

Among those on the list of the top 100 payees is Fianna Fáil Senator and Mayo GP Keith Swanick, who received over €494,000 during the year.

The State’s 100 top-earning GP practices and co-operatives shared gross payments of more than €53 million from the HSE in 2015. Twenty GP practices (...)

Two new vaccinations, for Meningococcal B/MenB and Rotavirus, will be given to babies from December 1st

GPs have reached agreement with the Department of Health on extending the vaccination scheme for new-born babies. Two new vaccinations, for Meningoco(...)

A new  GP-based 24-hour blood pressure monitoring and  a  contraceptive service for medical card patients has been delayed. Photograph: PA

Plans to introduce new 24-hour blood pressure monitoring and a modern contraception services in GP surgeries for medical card patients have been delay(...)

Padraig McGarry, chairman of the Irish Medical Organisation’s GP Committee.

An investigation is required to determine the exact level of doctors failing to meet the professional competence requirements, according to Padraig Mc(...)

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said he is disappointed at the rejection by GPs of Government proposals to deal with a shortage of GPs in rural areas. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar is disappointed at the rejection by the Irish Medical Organisation of proposals to encourage more GPs to work in rura(...)

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