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 Minister for Health Simon Harris said Dr Bertuzzi, who is from Italy, was employed on a locum contract to provide cover to sarcoma patients on behalf of  another consultant oncologist who had taken on the role of chair of the Irish clinical oncology research group. Photograph: Collins

Sarcoma patients are protesting outside the headquarters of the HSE in support of the continued employment of a specialist whose contract expires toda(...)

Cost of providing new cancer drugs for a single year is more than has been spent in total on the National Stroke Programme since its inception seven years ago

Cancer is a terrible disease, and advanced melanoma, for which two new drugs, pembrolizumab and nivolumab, are currently approved, is among its worst (...)

Kay Barry, from Limerick: “In my case I think the combination of surgery and pembro kept me alive and is giving me a good quality of life. My oncologist Derek Power in Cork is happy with my progress.”

Every three weeks Kay Barry travels from her home in Limerick to the cancer centre in Cork University Hospital, where she spends half an hour receivin(...)

Dozens with advanced cancer are unable to access the latest blockbuster treatment because the Health Service Executive drugs group has not met to approve it.  File photograph: Getty Images

Cancer patients will die as a result of delays in providing access to new drugs, doctors have said. Dozens with advanced cancer are unable to access (...)

Maura Hopkins busy canvassing in Wicklow town for the upcoming Seanad Éireann election 2016. Photograph: Garry O’Neill

On April 12th at around midday, Daithí de Róiste pulled up his car at the Springhill Hotel on the outskirts of Kilkenny. As he parked, he noted that(...)

Independent Senator John Crown: A “huge fan” of the German healthcare system which is based on a system of cross-subsidised mandatory insurance. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Some time ago Prof John Crown was asked for his best life advice. “Don’t send that email for 24 hours,” he replied. What would he answer now? “Lif(...)

Maurice Manning: The Manning group’s report has since sat untouched on some shelf in Government Buildings. Setting it up was a cynical exercise in winding down the clock on reform.  Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

While we wait patiently as our newly convened Dáil takes its time in forming a government, the election of our next Seanad is happening below the publ(...)

A piece of a bomb landed in Dublin’s Kildare Street on Thursday, at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, just down from the Dáil. There were no(...)

It’s the message, not the fine, that’s important. Everybody knows that smoking damages your health. And a majority of smokers would like to give the i(...)

Minister for Children James Reilly who will announce details of the commencement of the measure today with Minister for Health Leo Varadkar

Drivers who smoke in cars in the company of children will face prosecution from January 1st. Minister for Children James Reilly and Minister for Healt(...)

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