The plan sets out the extent of services the HSE will provide directly and through a range of funded agencies in 2015

HSE to have extra €115m funding for 2015

23.32 The HSE will have an extra €115m to spend next year in comparison to this year, excluding any savings it can achieve, according to its National Service Plan for 2015, published today.

The World Health Organisation has said there has been almost 16,000 cases of Ebola in west Africa

Ebola vaccine passes early safety test

26 Nov An experimental Ebola vaccine made by GlaxoSmithKline has caused no serious side effects in an early trial, scientists reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Leo Varadkar said the HSE will be empowered to provide people with therapies or appliances

Major changes to medical card scheme

25 Nov The Government has announced plans to introduce a single application process within the Health Service Executive for all medical cards and other medical schemes under reform measures.

Around 900,000 people die of tobacco-related illnesses in India each year

India plans to raise smoking age to 25

26 Nov Health campaigners have welcomed India's plans to raise the age for tobacco purchases to 25 and ban unpackaged cigarettes, hailing them as a major step towards stopping nearly one million tobacco-related deaths a year.

WHO described the outbreak as a 'major public health emergency'

Legionnaire's outbreak kills 10 in Portugal

21 Nov An outbreak of Legionnaire's disease at a Lisbon suburb that has killed ten people and infected over 300 others over the past two weeks has ended, Portugal's health minister said.

Anthony Doolan drives 80km a day to bring his son to school

Call for Carer's Allowance application review

21 Nov The Carers' Association has called for a complete review of the application process for the Carer's Allowance in respect of those looking after people with learning disabilities and autism.

The HSE said in recent years the majority of convictions relate to offences in smoking areas of licenced premises

Most smoking ban breaches in pubs

20 Nov The Health Service Executive has said there have been 278 convictions for smoking ban violations since the law was introduced in March 2004.

Fampyra helps multiple sclerosis sufferers to walk

HSE to reconsider funding of MS drug

19 Nov The Health Service Executive has said its drugs committee will meet to reconsider a decision not to fund a life-changing drug for MS sufferers.

A nurse wearing personal protective equipment helps an Ebola patient at the Kenama treatment centre in Sierra Leone

Ebola death toll stands at 5,420 - WHO

19 Nov The World Health Organisation said that 5,420 people had so far died of Ebola across eight countries, out of a total 15,145 cases of infection, since late December 2013.