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Health crisis won’t be cured without more doctors

Health crisis won’t be cured without more doctors

The first step to a better service is ending the brain drain that results in hundreds of gifted doctors leaving for higher-paid jobs elsewhere

PR firm sought Taoiseach’s ‘benediction’ for gene study project

PR firm sought Taoiseach’s ‘benediction’ for gene study project

The PR firm for a Chinese/Irish state-backed project has denied its approaches to officials amounted to lobbying

HSE has given patient advocacy groups €35m. What do they do for it?

HSE has given patient advocacy groups €35m. What do they do for it?

There is concern at the lack of transparency shown by some organisations that receive state funding to represent patients

Corporatised primary care isn’t a panacea for our strained GP services

Corporatised primary care isn’t a panacea for our strained GP services

Under-pressure GPs have become soft targets for venture capitalists who offer to take the ownership burden off their shoulders in the interest of profit

The corporatisation of healthcare: Should our health be their wealth?

The corporatisation of healthcare: Should our health be their wealth?

Critics say the corporatisation of healthcare is bad for GPs and patients. Proponents say private investment eases the burden on the state.

CervicalCheck probe atmosphere was 'fevered', says Scally

CervicalCheck probe atmosphere was 'fevered', says Scally

Dr Gabriel Scally has had plenty of brushes with tragedy and scandals during his time as a senior public health doctor in England. But he says nothing compares to the experience of the CervicalCheck debacle, which he was brought in to investigate last year

They put a man on the moon. Is Sláintecare really that hard?

They put a man on the moon. Is Sláintecare really that hard?

Like the Ardnacrusha scheme - our Apollo 11 moment - Sláintecare requires vision and political will. But it could transform our lives

HSE-funded helpline redirected callers to wrong number for over a year

HSE-funded helpline redirected callers to wrong number for over a year

People attempting to reach the national eating disorder helpline Bodywhys were instead connected to a private residence in Swords

Medical Error: Why hospitals still aren't telling patients the truth

Medical Error: Why hospitals still aren't telling patients the truth

The failure of open disclosure has been at the heart of recent medical scandals, including CervicalCheck and the Portlaoise babies. Patients want the truth, but for healthcare staff fearful of legal action, forthcoming legislation may only muddy the waters further

Ten years, €700m: the cost of taking private doctors out of public hospitals

Ten years, €700m: the cost of taking private doctors out of public hospitals

It has also emphasised the extra annual funding of €700 million that will be required by the HSE to compensate public hospitals for the loss of income from private work

HSE will watch NHS's Amazon partnership with care

HSE will watch NHS's Amazon partnership with care

The teaming together of two such unlikely partners is a world first in the use of the now rapidly expanding voice-assisted technology

Spin can’t hide truth of what Fine Gael has done to our health system

Spin can’t hide truth of what Fine Gael has done to our health system

After eight years of governance vandalism, the new HSE board urgently needs to call a halt to Fine Gael’s merry dance

Doctors left high and dry after repeal of Eighth Amendment

Doctors left high and dry after repeal of Eighth Amendment

Many medics committed to delivering termination of pregnancy services feel undermined and alone due to lack of training, money and other supports

Doctors report being stonewalled on abortion services

Doctors report being stonewalled on abortion services

Funding was sought last January by the doctors’ representative group to help fund termination of pregnancy (TOP) training for doctors, as many doctors have had little experience of providing this service

Legal challenge could cost HSE millions in late payment fees

Legal challenge could cost HSE millions in late payment fees

Homecare Medical Supplies, a Mayo-based medical supplies company, has taken legal action against the HSE seeking compensation for what it says is €800,000 owed in unpaid late payment compensation over the past six years