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Doctors have accused the HSE of attempting to manipulate waiting lists and causing people to lose their place for treatment.
Women who want to avail of additional smear tests, outside their normal schedule, are to be offered free screening until the end of the year.
The number of patients enduring the longest delays of more than 18 months to see a specialist in an outpatient clinic has reached a new record, with more than 80,000 now in the queue for this gruelling length of time, new figures revealed yesterday.
Talks on a new contract with GPs, which is key to transforming the way the health service delivers care, appear to have hit another roadblock.
The maker of a popular talcum powder sold in Ireland has defended its safety after a US court ordered it to pay $4.7bn (€4bn) to a group of 22 women who alleged the product caused their ovarian cancer.
Patients referred for treatment at hospitals could see waiting times double as GPs are told their patients have been removed from waiting lists and need to be reinstated.
The numbers of psychiatric patients receiving electric shock therapy remains consistent, despite the introduction of rules safeguarding those who do not give their consent.
Seventeen additional legal actions over cervical cancer have been revealed in what has been described as another "dent in confidence" in the health system.
A key figure in the ill-fated 'Bertie Bowl' who has been chosen to drive forward the plan to overhaul the health service will earn more than €777,100 during her five-year term.
A 10-point plan to further reduce the waiting lists of children needing surgery for the severe spinal condition scoliosis will see two surgeons focus exclusively on these cases at the end of the year.
A new ten-point plan to tackle the ongoing waiting lists endured by children with scoliosis will see the hiring of twenty extra staff.
A leading light of the Celtic Tiger era, who was a key figure in the ill-fated ‘Bertie Bowl,’ has been chosen to take charge of the plan to transform the Irish health service.
Vending machines selling unhealthy drinks and snacks should be banned from schools to help combat childhood obesity, the Oireachtas Education Committee recommends in a new report.
The "dehumanising" conditions endured by patients in A&E departments are in danger of getting worse next winter, doctors and nurses have warned.
A widower whose wife died of cancer has said the capping of expenses to victims of the CervicalCheck scandal is "unacceptable".
Women and bereaved families who are the victims of the CervicalCheck scandal are having their expenses package promised by the Government capped, it emerged yesterday.
A specific number of trained and experienced GPs, rather than a widespread group, could be established to provide medical abortions, a doctors' leader has urged.
A deal is being negotiated to retain a health unit in a Government minister's constituency despite concerns expressed by the HSE.
A number of healthy children who had no underlying illnesses died from flu over the winter months, it was revealed yesterday.
The introduction of more advanced smear testing has the potential to spare women in Ireland from going on to develop cervical cancer or dying of the disease, an international expert has said.
More than seven in ten recently recruited hospital consultants warn they will consider resigning if the lower salary they are getting is not addressed.
Addiction psychiatrist Dr Colin O'Gara believes social media sites have "opened the door" for prescription drug dealers to thrive.
Pharmacists are demanding they be given the right to substitute cheaper 'biosimilar' alternatives to expensive and complex 'biologic' medicines.
Women who opted to go private and pay for cervical screening in the wake of the CervicalCheck scandal have been told they will not be reimbursed.