Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Health Committee Jerry Buttimer (left) and Minister for Health  James Reilly  during a media breifing at Government Buildings where it was announced that Cabinet had approved the General Scheme for the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill 2013.   Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Health James Reilly said he would be “astonished” if legislation proposing cigarettes be sold only in plain packs did not prompt legal ac(...)

Master of the National Maternity Hospital Dr Rhona Mahony will address the 30th annual Network Ireland national conference in Cork next month. Photograph: Eric Luke

The first female master of the National Maternity Hospital, Rhona Mahony, will be among the speakers at a conference on women in business to be held i(...)

Caroline Spillane, chief executive of the Irish Medical Council, which has audited the number of doctors in Ireland.

The fate of young doctors will be in the news for some time as they ballot on a strike that, if it goes ahead, would have a serious impact on an alrea(...)

Minister for Health James Reilly  told the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children yesterday that the current system was “immoral and wrong”. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

It is a “perversity” that the best and brightest in Ireland are trained as doctors and then pushed out of the country by the way they are treated, wit(...)

Director general of the HSE, Tony O’Brien, said the organisation faced a potential €104 million deficit.  Photograph: Arthur Carron/Collins

The HSE has asked hospitals and community services to identify further cutbacks to offset projected cost overruns.The director general of the HSE, Ton(...)

Cancer and medical cards

Being told you have cancer is a significant life-event. Even when the prognosis turns out to be good, people describe a numbed response. Although grea(...)

Arriving at the Oireachtas health committee, which held hearings  on the Heads of the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill 2013 in late May,  were:  Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer, Dr Ambrose McLoughlin, secretary general at the Department of Health and Caroline Luddy. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The Council of Europe will issue a decision in the coming days on the Government’s implementation of the European Court of Human Rights’ “ABC” judgmen(...)

A group of trade union activists in a protest outside the Dáil last month calling  on the Government to legislate for the X case. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA

Unless substantially amended, the Government’s draft abortion legislation will impose undue obstacles and fail to give sufficient legal certain(...)

Dr David Hickey

The State’s leading organ transplant practitioners have warned that the service is reaching a crisis that could end in facilit(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald is set to appear at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children today. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

A group of around 50 youth workers and young people took part in a demonstration against cuts to youth work budgets this morning. The dem(...)

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