The Department of Health sought legal advice on the contracts sent in with protest letters

25 contracts for free care to under-sixes rejected

02 Jul Around 25 contracts for free GP care for under sixes, signed by family doctors, have been rejected by the HSE because letters with conditions were attached, according to Minister for Health Leo Varadkar.

HIQA found fire evacuation plans at Cheeverstown House were unworkable in four out of eight of the centres inspected

HIQA critical of disability centre in Dublin

01 Jul Most of 100+ adult residents of Cheeverstown House in south Dublin have no privacy for providing intimate care, because they share bedrooms and use multi-functional bathrooms, according to a report by HIQA.

It follows the introduction of legislation to ban the sale and supply of 'head shop' drugs

Study finds reduction in use of 'head shop' drugs

30 Jun A new study has found a reduction in the use of so-called "head shop" drugs among young people following the introduction of legislation to ban the sale and supply of such substances in 2010.

Leo Varadkar said the figure is in line with what was expected

26 terminations carried out under Act in 2014

29 Jun There were 26 terminations of pregnancy last year under the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act, according to a HSE report on its operation being laid before the Dáil today.

South Korean policemen wearing protective facial masks

MERS death toll in South Korea rises to 32

28 Jun The death toll in an outbreak of MERS in South Korea has risen to 32 as the virus's mortality rate continued to rise even as the pace of the outbreak appeared to slow.

The drugs are thought to have been bought online

Man dies after taking weight loss drug

25 Jun A young man has died after the suspected consumption of a weight loss drug bought online, the first case of its kind in Ireland, according to health authorities.

Today's report from HIQA on its Ard Dara Centre in Montenotte is the second on the eight-bungalow facility

Major failures found at Cork disability centre

25 Jun An unannounced HIQA inspection of a residential centre for people with intellectual disabilities in Cork has found major failures to comply with regulations under ten of the 14 headings inspected.

The unannounced inspection found that in general residents were safe

HIQA report finds Áras Attracta unit 'safe'

23 Jun An unannounced HIQA inspection of part of the Áras Attracta facility for people with learning disabilities in Mayo has found significant improvements in the lives of many residents.

A spokesperson for the NAGP said some people in the HSE do not understand what GPs do

HSE apologises after tweet about minor ailments

23 Jun The Health Service Executive has apologised after it sent a tweet today which said that for cuts, scrapes and allergies, people should use their GP Visit Card, or under-six GP Visit Card.