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Nursing homes to avoid extra medical card fees with own GP service

Nursing homes to avoid extra medical card fees with own GP service

One nursing home director said some GPs were charging annual retainer fees of more than €200 per resident to visit patients in a nursing home

Why did Harris say nothing on hospital cost?

Why did Harris say nothing on hospital cost?

Simon Harris has been under increasing pressure over the children’s hospital since last August. Was he simply hoping that it would be his eventual successor’s problem?

The nurses’ strike, and how to settle it

The nurses’ strike, and how to settle it

The industrial action by nurses in our health service has already become ‘a threat to life and limb’. And it’s set to escalate this week. So what can be done?

History of nursing protests

History of nursing protests

Disgruntled health workers

Disgruntled health workers

Former HSA chief blames hospital costs on ill-defined ‘roles and responsibilities’

Former HSA chief blames hospital costs on ill-defined ‘roles and responsibilities’

Tom Beegan, who now runs his own health and safety consultancy company, said there had been a failure to have clear governance on the project

Claim of one applicant for every four nursing posts debunked

Claim of one applicant for every four nursing posts debunked

The HSE has run five recent nursing recruitment competitions for more than 500 vacancies, and the figures paint a different picture, with some recruitment rounds receiving six times as many applicants as needed

State spends €2m ahead of test case on flu vaccine side-effects

State spends €2m ahead of test case on flu vaccine side-effects

Aoife Bennett (26) is suing the Minister for Health, the HSE and manufacturer Glaxosmithkline, having received the vaccine in a HSE clinic in December 2009 during the swine flu pandemic. The medicines regulator is the fourth defendant

Politicians shouldn’t play God with drugs funding

Politicians shouldn’t play God with drugs funding

Prioritising one patient group - perhaps because of the power of their advocacy - means another group will lose out, even if their case for funding is much stronger

Independent review of nurses’ claims is vital

Independent review of nurses’ claims is vital

The government needs this dispute like a hole in the head, but it had better not make the same mistakes it made with the Garda pay debacle

Further departures likely as Costello steps down

Further departures likely as Costello steps down

Surgeons welcome introduction of operating theatre assistants

Surgeons welcome introduction of operating theatre assistants

New clinical disciplines believed to be key to reducing staff shortages

Resolve never to detox again

Resolve never to detox again

The idea of flushing out toxins is based on misguided medieval notions of how our bodies work, and pursuing it can actually damage your health

The right to choose death

The right to choose death

After the legalisations of abortion and gay marriage, many people feel that assisted dying should be the next civil right to be enshrined in Irish law. But campaigners, while hopeful, know that the road ahead will be a long and hard one

Hospital groups to be dissolved in major health service reshuffle

Hospital groups to be dissolved in major health service reshuffle

The new structure – being drawn up by the Sláintecare health reform office headed by Laura Magahy and senior officials in the department – will result in six regional integrated care organisations (Ricos) being established