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Health monitor firm backed by Digicel winds up with big loss

Health monitor firm backed by Digicel winds up with big loss

Motech had losses of €3.96 million, according to its last accounts, from 2017, up from €2.33 million in losses the previous year

Surgeon offers to improve HSE’s transgender service

Surgeon offers to improve HSE’s transgender service

Dr Sidhbh Gallagher, who has been living and working in Indiana for the past 12 years, last month attended a new steering committee with the HSE to improve services for people with gender identity issues

State had no choice but to appeal in Morrissey case

State had no choice but to appeal in Morrissey case

The move is an effort to do the right thing and should be commended but instead it is being painted as evidence of a rotten system

Private lab refuses to process smear tests after High Court ruling in Morrissey case

Private lab refuses to process smear tests after High Court ruling in Morrissey case

News that the judgment from Justice Kevin Cross has resulted in changed working practices at laboratories owned by one large global operator will fuel concerns that a new, and problematic, legal precedent has been set

ESRI warns against further health overspend

ESRI warns against further health overspend

The Economic and Social Research Institute said repeated overruns in the annual health budget had a 'clearly negative impact' on the public finances, but added that the issue had been partly masked by surges in corporation tax

No such thing as ‘absolute confidence’ in courts

No such thing as ‘absolute confidence’ in courts

In calling for such an impossible standard of certainty in cervical screening, the judiciary are asking something of doctors that members of the legal profession wouldn’t dream of achieving in the performance of their duties

The Orkambi Buyers Club and the price of hope

The Orkambi Buyers Club and the price of hope

Diarmaid McDonald is challenging the pharma establishment by delivering life-saving drugs to cystic fibrosis sufferers in the North and in Britain

New 999-style mental distress line to cut ambulance call-outs

New 999-style mental distress line to cut ambulance call-outs

The 24-hour call number will provide a single point of contact for people in mental health distress and advise them of the most relevant service to help them

The Morrissey judgment and the ‘absolute confidence’ test

The Morrissey judgment and the ‘absolute confidence’ test

The awarding of €2.1 million in compensation to a terminally ill Limerick woman who was wrongly given the all-clear by CervicalCheck has alarmed the medical profession, but if the state appeals the ruling, it risks alienating the public and campaigners

Secret HSE report: Patients at risk as consultant recruitment crisis intensifies

Secret HSE report: Patients at risk as consultant recruitment crisis intensifies

An unpublished report prepared by the HSE’s National Doctors Training and Planning Unit paints a damning picture, reporting that consultant recruitment in Ireland is 'in crisis'

€50m proton beam cancer treatment centre in doubt

€50m proton beam cancer treatment centre in doubt

Venture bogged down in planning process as founder Woodford has difficulties with his hedge fund firm

World prescription drug market set to be worth $1.8 trillion by 2024

World prescription drug market set to be worth $1.8 trillion by 2024

A report predicts that Pfizer will be the leading prescription drug company in 2024, with projected sales of $51.2 billion

State set to appeal landmark Morrissey CervicalCheck case

State set to appeal landmark Morrissey CervicalCheck case

Government concerned about potential public backlash; medical colleges to seek ‘interested party’ status in appeal

A vision for change but not enough action: Seven of the country’s leading psychiatrists reflect on Ireland's 2006 policy framework for mental health services

A vision for change but not enough action: Seven of the country’s leading psychiatrists reflect on Ireland's 2006 policy framework for mental health services

It has been 13 years since A Vision for Change, a policy framework for mental health services, was first published. But, as seven of the country’s leading psychiatrists write here, a lack of funding and resources means it has failed clinicians, patients and their families

Charity warns HSE not to cut family unit at Children’s Hospital

Charity warns HSE not to cut family unit at Children’s Hospital