GPs have had power to renew or reinstate medical cards for past two years

'New' medical card powers in place for two years

17.15 RTÉ News has learned that for the past two years, GPs have had the same powers to renew or reinstate medical cards, which were announced in the Government's ten-point plan yesterday.

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

India plans to raise smoking age to 25

17.18 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.

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.

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.

Patients recuperate in the intensive care ward at the Chhattisgarh Institute of Medical Science hospital in Bilaspur

Rat poison chemical found in sterilisation pills

15 Nov Tablets linked to the deaths of more than a dozen women who visited a sterilisation camp in India are likely to have contained a chemical compound commonly used in rat poison, two senior officials in Chhattisgarh state said this morning.