Ms O’Reilly said her officials’ examination of complaints about the removal of discretionary medical cards showed “nothing substantial” had changed in relation to the regulations that applied.

Health cutbacks are being implemented by applying “the letter of the law” and removing the element of discretion that previously applied, according to(...)

Ian Carter: The HSE said that following a review it had discontinued paying its new national director of acute hospitals an academic allowance of €32,473 and a car allowance of €8,937.  Photograph: Irish Medical Times

The HSE has withdrawn more than €40,000 in allowances paid on top of salary to a senior executive in the health service who was appointed in late July(...)

Emily O’Reilly in her office as she prepares to publish her final report as Ombudsman today before taking up the role of European Ombudsman in Strasbourg. On the wall behind her hang portraits of her two predecessors, Michael Mills (left) and  Kevin Murphy. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

An apocryphal tale has it that a former Canadian ombudsman deliberately avoided reading the piece of law establishing his office; that way he never kn(...)

Representative bodies and individual healthcare professionals warned of consequences for services if proposed 7.5 per cent fee cuts were implemented by Department of Health. Photograph: Getty Images

Senior Department of Health officials had little sympathy with lobbying by healthcare professionals, including GPs and pharmacists, to hold off on fur(...)

Minister for Health Dr James Reilly at yesterday’s launch of the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Ireland Trends Report 1998-2010 which was carried out by the Health Promotion Research Centre in NUI Galway. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The number of Irish teenagers and pre-teens who smoke has fallen significantly, according to a series of studies on the health behaviours of 10 to 17-(...)

 Minister of State Alex White: expressed his concerns about a 30 per cent increase in ambulance call-outs during the event last year.  Photograph: David Sleator

Diageo, the multinational drinks company behind Arthur’s Day, had invented the event as “a pseudo-national holiday” to market its products, particular(...)

The Bill to abolish severance pay is being sponsored by Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin.

The Government will make good on its promise to end severance payments to retiring ministers this autumn, with new legislation planned to discontinue (...)

Minister for Health James Reilly: The HSE is currently facing a deficit of €60 million on the basis of the most recent accounts. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Delays on the part of the Government in introducing planned cost-saving and revenue-generating measures have contributed to the financial difficulties(...)

The HSE revealed that it was facing an overrun of between €65 million and €100 million in the medical card and other community and drug schemes, as well as a deficit of up to €104 million in “direct services” it provides, such as hospital care.

Patients are facing further cutbacks in health services, potentially far more extensive than acknowledged publicly by the Government so far, as part o(...)

A spokesman for the Minister for Health James Reilly declined to comment last night on whether he anticipated that the Haddington Road savings for the health service would come in on target

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform is insisting that the health service delivers on its side of the Haddington Road agreement amid concer(...)

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