Any consultant taking up a post under the proposed new pay scales must sign up to the Haddington Road Agreement

IMO rejects improved pay scale for consultants

22.50 Hospital consultants belonging to the Irish Medical Organisation have overwhelmingly rejected new improved pay scales of up to €175,000 a year aimed at resolving recruitment difficulties in the public health service.

Ciaran Craven, barrister for Mary Mealy, said the allegation should never have been made

Alcohol allegation against nurse withdrawn

21.03 An allegation that a director of care at a Longford Nursing Home had attended for work while under the influence of alcohol and was unfit to practise has been withdrawn by the Nursing and Midwifery Board.

Mary Mealy is alleged to have attended for duty at the nursing home while under the influence of alcohol

Nurse faces professional misconduct allegation

30 Oct A nurse who was the Director of Care at a Longford nursing home is facing allegations that she failed to give medicines to some residents, dumping some of the drugs in rubbish bins.

The exercise involved assessment of how staff would deal with a patient with Ebola

Ebola readiness test 'successfully completed'

29 Oct The Mater Hospital has said a test to determine the National Isolation Centre's preparedness for treating a patient with the Ebola virus was "successfully completed" earlier today.

Jim Yong Kim says medics should remember the Hippocratic oath and not avoid going to problem areas

World Bank pleads for more medics to fight Ebola

28 Oct World Bank chief Jim Yong Kim has made an impassioned plea for thousands of more medics to help fight the Ebola epidemic in west Africa, saying it was a global crisis that needed a global response.

The minister said there are big challenges from obesity, stress and diet

Nation's health set to be assessed

27 Oct The first official study of the nation's health in seven years has been announced - with 10,000 households to be assessed at random starting in the coming weeks.

Ban Ki-moon has said returning health workers should not be subjected to restrictions that are not based on science

UN criticises tough US airport measures for Ebola

27 Oct The United Nations has sharply criticised new restrictions imposed by three US states on health workers returning from countries hit by Ebola, with the UN chief saying they created difficulties for those risking their lives in the battle against the disease.

Leo Varadkar says the new medical card proposal would allow for greater discretion

Varadkar proposes new medical card

25 Oct Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said the Department of Health wants to change the current system of discretionary medical cards, to introduce the concept of medical hardship.

Samantha Power left Washington yesterday bound for west Africa

Power travels to Ebola-stricken west Africa

26 Oct The US Ambassador to the United Nations has travelled to west Africa on a mission to see first hand how the global response is failing to stop the deadly spread of Ebola in the region.

HealthStat was established to provide a greater degree of accuracy on key acute hospital outcomes

HSE pays €2.7m to IT consultancy

24 Oct The Health Service Executive has paid €2.7m in fees to an IT consultancy which was originally hired for €29,500, according to an internal report obtained by RTÉ's This Week.

The current Ebola epidemic has killed nearly 5,000 people; mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea

Ebola vaccine to be rolled out by middle of 2015

24 Oct The World Health Organization (WHO) has set out plans for speeding up development of experimental Ebola vaccines, saying hundreds of thousands of doses should be ready for use in West Africa by the middle of 2015.

The company said the new regulations respect the rights of smokers and non-smokers alike

US tobacco producer to ban smoking in offices

24 Oct The second largest tobacco producer in the United States, Reynolds American, said yesterday it will ban smoking in all indoor office spaces, bowing to smoke-free social norms.

Bellevue is one of eight hospitals in New York equipped to handle patients diagnosed with Ebola

Doctor in New York being tested for Ebola

23 Oct A New York City hospital is running Ebola tests on a doctor who returned to the US from West Africa with a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms, according to the city's health department.