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The fertility question: The longest shortest time

The fertility question: The longest shortest time

The IVF process is emotionally intense, physically draining and astonishingly expensive. But advanced medical knowledge and pioneering lab techniques are making the ‘take-home baby rate’ for women and couples better than eve

HSE taking to Twitter to combat online misinformation on vaccines

HSE taking to Twitter to combat online misinformation on vaccines

The health body has become increasingly concerned about the role of social media in spreading misinformation which causes parents not to vaccinate their children

The fertility question: The next steps

The fertility question: The next steps

When a couple can’t get pregnant, it’s hard to know where to look next for answers. Danielle Barron talks to a fertility consultant, a well-woman GP and a fertility coach to find a path through the maze

Human rights group calls for genetic data firm probe

Human rights group calls for genetic data firm probe

GMI, which was founded in 2015, was acquired last year by Chinese-owned WuXi NextCode. The firm aims to harvest genetic data from 400,000 Irish people for medical research

Trolls target medicinal cannabis mum

Trolls target medicinal cannabis mum

Campaigner won legalisation battle

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