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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

High finance: The business of medical marijuana

High finance: The business of medical marijuana

Medical marijuana is predicted to soon become a €55 billion industry in Europe, and a number of Irish businesspeople are leading the charge as they navigate a minefield of regulations across the world

Will Reid manage to go where no HSE boss has gone before?

Will Reid manage to go where no HSE boss has gone before?

Director general Paul Reid’s mission is to end the era of broken budgets, but there is already pushback from within the health service

Settlement of €7m puts spotlight on causes of autism

Settlement of €7m puts spotlight on causes of autism

Last week’s High Court case raised the question of whether birth trauma can cause autism. The evidence is fascinating, but it’s not conclusive

War of words over consent on gene data

War of words over consent on gene data

A Chinese-backed Irish company’s plans to harvest the genetic data of half a million Irish people is threatened by stringent new European rules

Circumventing scientific evidence could have significant implications

Circumventing scientific evidence could have significant implications

On Wednesday last, June 26, the medical cannabis access programme was launched, enabling compassionate access to cannabis for medicinal reasons where conventional treatment has failed

Doctors warn medicinal cannabis access may lead to legalisation

Doctors warn medicinal cannabis access may lead to legalisation

Group calls for clearer guidance from Medical Council on monitoring after launch of pilot programme