An oral hearing into the proposed new national children’s hospital has been told  it will not have the capacity  to handle the projected daily emergency attendance of 350 children a day in 2021.

Hearing told no children’s hospital in developed world can take projected daily attendance

An aerial view of the site for the new National Children’s Hospital at the St James’s Hospital campus in Dublin.

Oral hearing opens into €650m plans to build national children’s hospital in Dublin

Prof Mike Larvin, head of the UL graduate entry medical school:  “The HSE  has statutory responsibilities for setting and approving qualifications for appointments to all HSE posts.” Photograph: Seán Curtin/Fusionshooters

Criteria to select medical graduates to fill 700 intern posts each year adjusted

 For larger hospitals, this threshold would mean ensuring no more than 12 patients are on trolleys daily. File photograph: Frank Miller

Maximum acceptable number of people on trolleys over coming winter set to be 236

An inquiry held in public last May found the pharmacist was responsible for the disappearance of more than 17,000 benzodiazepine pills.

First cancellation of registration since fitness to practise inquiries held in public

Once overcrowding has reached a specific critical level, or any patient is waiting longer than nine hours in the emergency department, the hospital will be obliged to take certain steps. File photograph: Frank Miller

New mandatory escalation plan includes putting extra beds on wards as ‘final step’

Three out of four family doctors suffer from high stress, according to a new survey. File photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire

New review shows high level of demoralisation and risk of burnout among doctors

Prof Owen Smith, a consultant paediatric haematologist at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, holds a medical professorship at Trinity College Dublin. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Prof Owen Smith: strong record on developments in child health over two decades

A fitness to practise hearing has opened at the Medical Council into a doctor at Bantry General Hospital who is accused of making serious errors in the reading of up to 22 CT scans.

Radiologist who worked at Bantry hospital denies poor professional performance allegation

Stephen and Catherina McGarry. Photograph:

Hospital admits mother should have had Caesarean at earlier point

Liam Doran, general secretary of the INMO with president Claire Mahon announcing the results of the nurses ballot on industrial action. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Liam Doran referred to need for improved pay for nurses at announcement of industrial action

  INMO general secretary Liam Doran and  president Claire Mahon announcing the results of the nurses ballot. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ballot of INMO members shows 92% favour industrial action from next month

The term antimicrobial resistance covers the issue of growing resistance to antibiotics, antifungals, antivirals and other commonly used drugs. Stock photograph: Getty Images

Hiqa warns of 15-fold increase in death rates if antimicrobial resistance not tackled

Cork woman Grainne Foley, whose baby had growth restrictions in the womb, and stroke survivor Paul Lambe, at a conference on clinical trials at the Gibson Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

‘Gold standard’ on treatment established in major clinical trial completed months earlier

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Cost of inquiry would buy ‘lot of home helps and homecare packages,’ Minister says

According to her solicitor, the nurse in question has suffered greatly over the past year as a result of her actions

Nurse accused of misconduct after being caught taking money on hidden camera

Women who eat fish regularly during pregnancy have children with better developmental outcomes, a seminar has heard. File photograph: Katie Collins/PA Wire

Benefits of consumption outweigh any negative effects from contamination - expert

The HSE deducted money from payments to GPs after investigating 121 complaints about charging for phlebotomy services in the past three years.

More than €8,000 refunded to medical cardholders after blood tests dispute

Hundreds of women who donated blood in the past 18 months may have been anaemic or become so after the device missed women with an iron deficiency. Photograph: Getty Images

Questions as to whether kit properly validated before testing 180,000 Irish samples

“Using the private sector to make up for the absence of beds in the public system is a backward step,” said the chair of the Irish Medical Organisation’s GP committee Dr Ray Walley. Photograph: Alan Betson

Money earmarked for outsourcing emergencies when demand exceeds capacity

Patients with pancreatic cancer tend to present late because the disease has few early symptoms. By then, the tumour tends to be large and well established, making surgical intervention largely unsuccessful. Photograph: PA

Advance from scientists at University of Ulster leads to significant reduction in tumour

The man, who was in his 20s, died in  Terminal 2 on Saturday afternoon. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Garda Ombudsman, which is investigating incident, is still trying to contact relatives

An aerial view of the site for the new National Children’s Hospital at the St James’s Hospital campus in Dublin.

An Bord Pleanála oral review of proposed St James’s Hospital development began today

Emergency medecine consultant at Tallght hospital Dr Jean O’Sullivan made a complaint in 2011.

Doctor alleges she suffered intimidation as a result of advocating for emergency patients

The revelation a 91-year-old patient had spent 29 hours on a trolley at Tallaght hospital had generated banner headlines, which grew larger when it emerged that the hospital had ordered an investigation into the leak. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Three years after a damning report, facility was back in the news due to overcrowding

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: Argued that a patient-safety body within the HSE would never win public acceptance. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Health to announce creation of advocacy body and advisory council

Hiqa says the physical environment in the operating theatre of Kerry General Hospital has not been maintained. Photograph: Google street view

Report finds bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease a threat at Kerry General Hospital

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar  wrote to Tallaght hospital last December seeking an  investigation after hearing details of  allegations made by emergency department consultant Jean O’Sullivan. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Inquiry to proceed after preliminary scoping exercise found grounds for full investigation

INMO general secretary  Liam Doran. The organisation said there was no alternative to the refurbishment due to  pressures to maintain all available long stay and nursing home beds. Photograph: The Irish Times

More than €300m allocated in budget under capital plan for refurbishment of homes

Children’s ward is being converted for use by adults with no admission for nine-year-old

 Dr James Gray of Tallaght Hospital. File photograph:  Collins

Tallaght hospital whistleblower Dr James Gray claims he was put under pressure

Department imposes €8.7m fines on hospitals for breaching 18-month targets

Dr James Gray says hosptial has been trying to intimidate him “for years” due to his repeated criticism of overcrowding in the emergency department. Photograph: Getty Images

Dr James Gray revealed 91-year-old spent 29 hours on trolley in emergency department

Consultants concerned with inquiry into leak about 91-year-old man on trolley

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Mr Varadkar has said the HPV vaccine protected against two high-risk types that caused 73 per cent of all cervical cancers. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

European Medicines Agency says there is no reason to change the way the drug is used

Private companies could be allowed take over the management of underperforming public hospitals, under health reforms being considered by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Varadkar is considering reforms that would allow private operators to manage centres

Faced with a PR emergency, hospital management calls in the spin-doctor

Varadkar says patient is unhappy over claims made about his Tallaght hospital visit

 Ireland had the worst rate of asthma of 32 countries surveyed in an OECD report. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

OECD report says State has worst rates of asthma and COPD of 32 countries surveyed

Musician Bob Geldof. A documentary by Geldof  on WB Yeats  forms part of RTÉ’s line-up for the 1916 Rising centenary. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Programmes include five-part drama series, documentaries and Rubberbandits special

Bronchiectasis is a disease in which the airways into the lungs are damaged, leading to an inability to clear mucus and recurrent chest infections

Bronchiectasis, thought to be “a disease of the past”, on the increase

Dr James Gray, emergency department consultant at Tallaght hospital, said two of the 19 patients on trolleys on Monday were there for over two days, while four were there for more than 24 hours.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Inquiry ordered into leaking of the details of patient (91) left ‘festering’ on trolley

Ireland has one of the heaviest dependencies internationally on overseas staff in its health service, and recruits directly from developing countries in Asia and Africa. Photograph: Reuters

Former president says ‘you can’t build health system if you don’t have health workers’

Former FF minister for justice Ray Burke arriving at the Mahon Tribunal in Dublin Castle in November 2006. Photograph: The Irish Times

Planning tribunal refuses to say if corruption findings against ex-FF minister to be dropped

The Ebola outbreak killed some 10,000 people in three west African countries. Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times

Aid agency says overreaction of Irish authorities triggered by ‘huge media coverage’

State broadcaster claimed listenership for Breakfast Republic, Nicky Byrne shows had made ‘strong gains’ over last year

“What we should be focusing on is the critical resources to ensure that the surgeons have the facilities to do the job.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Nursing union proposal rejected by doctors who say bed shortage is cause of backlog

People lay flowers at the Russian Embassy in Minsk, Belarus in memory of the 224 people killed in an air crash in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. Photograph: Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA

Irish Aviation Authority cleared safety documentation for Airbus A321 in April

The meetings will be with an external obstetrician, midwife and, where necessary, paediatrician. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Meetings arranged after review into baby deaths at Portlaoise hospital carried out

The report found an effective system for hygiene control was in place “nothwithstanding some minor shortcomings”

European Commission report praises controls and says no risks identified for consumers

The HSE has taken steps to address the shortage of chemotherapy drugs. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Shortage of necessary drugs has hampered treatment for hundreds of cancer patients

Cancer patients across the country are facing delays in chemotherapy treatment after the HSE admitted hospitals were experiencing difficulties in securing a regular supply of drugs.

HSE says five patients in Drogheda had treatment postponed by a day as a result

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. File photograph:  Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin.

Waiting lists and trolley numbers up as Minister for Health’s targets are missed.

The need for the first regulations  in 1965 came on the back of the horrific experience with Thalidomide, a drug given to pregnant mothers that caused appalling birth defects in their children. Photograph: Thinkstock

EU is trying to increase the number of clinical trials being carried out in Europe

Master of the Rotunda Hospital Sam Coulter-Smith: said issues around abortion legislation were complex but the legislation ‘doesn’t help the situation’. Photograph: Eric Luke

Absence of gestational age limit creates challenge for doctors, says Coulter-Smith

Sam Coulter Smith, master of the Rotunda. “We are still seeing good quality people but they are not coming back in the same numbers. There isn’t the same level of competition for jobs as there might have been in years gone by.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Cuts and lack of opportunity stopping doctors returning to Ireland, says Coulter-Smith

The HPRA has completed its precautionary recall  of chemotherapy medicines compounded at the Fannin Compounding plant over a two-week period. As a result, the number of potentially contaminated units has reduced to eight. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Number of cancer patients potentially at risk of contamination down to eight, says HPRA

Beaumont was forced to seek “off-call assistance” last night from Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, when 18 of the patients waiting for admission were aged over 75. Photograph: Getty Images

Union seeks direct intervention by HSE boss Tony O’Brien as 39 patients wait on trolleys

Committee chairman John McGuinness wondered aloud “did this consultant get to bed at all”. Photograph: Getty Images

HSE chief financial officer Stephen Mulvany says the situation was ‘truly exceptional’

The bulk of the €22m tax settlement reached between the HSE and the Revenue Commissioners in recent weeks related to the late payment of employers’ PRSI

Administration and delays by doctors are holding up repayments, PAC hears

Director general of the HSE Tony O Brien defended his decision to allow the company, Acelity, to pay for his expenses in attending the event. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Tony O’Brien allowed US medical company to pay for his attendance at Madrid event

Helen Cruise leaving the fitness-to-practise hearing at the Medical Council with members of her family. Photograph: Alan Betson

Better way needed as both sides often come away feeling as though they have lost

The report into baby Mark Molloy’s death is being released at the request of his parents, Mark snr and Roisin (above). File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Case spurred inquiry into fatalities at Portlaoise hospital which led to damning report

MS Ireland indicates majority of sufferers visit GP at least six times a year

Different hospitals reported incidents differently, especially in relation to unresponsive babies and post partum haemorrhaging. File photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

Incidents at best performing unit almost 12 times lower than that with highest rate

The burden of indemnity cover has fallen exclusively on the State after soaring indemnity costs contributed to the closure of the country’s last private maternity unit at Mount Carmel Hospital. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Analysis: Report represents bid to bridge data gap in gynaecology and maternity

A report by the State Claims Agency found thirty cases of foreign bodies left in maternity patients. Photograph: Katie Collins/PA Wire/File photo

Thirty foreign bodies left in patients over past decade, State Claims Agency report shows

Last Friday, it emerged Fannin Compounding in Dublin issued an alert after finding a machine used to manufacture chemotherapy drugs was contaminated with bacteria which can cause serious gastro-intestinal infections. Photograph: Stockphoto/Getty Images

Majority of units declared risk-free but remaining test results unavailable until Friday

The disparity in survival rates related to deprivation was most pronounced in the greater Dublin area. Photograph: Getty Images

Disparity due to late diagnosis, more aggressive tumours and lifestyle issues

New figures reveal a ‘worrying’ rise in self-harm among young boys. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Hundreds required emergency treatment in 2014 after inflicting injuries on themselves

Suicide rate for young people among the highest recorded across Europe

Fannin Compounding in Dublin has issued an alert after finding a machine used to manufacture the treatment was contaminated with bacteria that can cause serious gastro-intestinal infections.

Some 200 cancer patients offered medical consultations after alert issued

Almost 7,000 have been waiting for treatment for over two years

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Alan Kelly, and Minister of State Ann Phelan at a post-budget press conference in Government Buildings. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Senators call for action to end lengthy and costly litigation in medical claims cases

Caring for growth: More than 19,000 doctors are are registered with the Medical Council, an all-time high. Illustration: Thinkstock

Number of doctors registered hits record high, Medical Council report finds

Minister for Health and Children Leo Varadkar has has also expanded the vaccines that can be administered by pharmacists. Photograph: Conor Healy Photography

Under new laws wider variety of life-saving treatments can be given by trained citizens

Decay in service: IDA says ‘highly effective’ schools screening service was undermined. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Irish Dental Association blames Government cuts to family dental supports

Hiqa chief executive Phelim Quinn. The watchdog found that the  majority of the issues raised at Good Counsel Centre & Westfield House remain unaddressed. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Inspectors demand immediate action over water at 55 degrees at Ballyboden facility

The headline health measure in the budget is the proposed extension of free GP care to all children under 12 years.

Analysis: GP care the main event but Varadkar faces questions about size of war chest

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said the health budget was still about €1 billion off its pre-bust peak.

Irish Medical Organisation criticises budget announcement on free GP care for under-12s

INMO nurse Áine Howlett from Longford during a protest to highlight the problem of overcrowding at St Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Hospital says nurses’ work-to-rule causing increased problems in A&E department

Hospitals in the Saolta University Health Care group were fined a total of €1.96m. It is likely University Hospital Galway accounts for most  of this amount. Photograph: Eric Luke

Institutions in the west and northwest bear the brunt of fines imposed

INMO members from St Vincent’s hospital Dublin holding a one-hour protest outside the hospital yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke

Members of Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation take action over overcrowding

The Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) has backed off a threat to close a Co Meath care centre after inspectors found substantial improvements in its operation. File photographs: Thinkstockphoto

Improvements at Redwood follow Hiqa criticism of over-use of physical restraint

Hospitals that failed to meet targets set by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar to reduce waiting lists face fines totalling €5.8 million. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Some 11,000 outpatients were on a waiting list at the end of August

Lloyds Pharmacy operates a system known as MyMed to compartmentalise a patient’s monthly medication. Photograph: Alan Betson

State body says pharmacy chain is fraudulently claiming multiple payments

One in four children and two out of three adults in Ireland are overweight or obese

Royal College of Physicians of Ireland report seeks centres in HSE regions and more funds

A Lloyds Pharmacy branch. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Pharmacy chain’s approach to dispensing fees ‘constitutes fraud’, letter claims

Hospital waiting lists continued to rise in September. Photograph: Getty Images

Outpatient lists up 563 per cent since June despite initiatives by Leo Varadkar

The Department of Health’s secretary general declined to estimate what the deficit will be by the end of the year. Photograph: File Photo/Getty Images

PAC hears health service not over-staffed or over-managed relative to other countries

Comptroller and Auditor General Seamus McCarthy said staff pension deductions were being deducted, but not paid over. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Deficit in IBTS pension scheme grows to €92m as proposal made to resolve row

General view of Letterkenny General Hospital. Photograph: Google Street

Report critical of hygiene, infection risks and environmental standards at hospital

Nation’s health: The good news is that the proportion of obese and overweight people has dropped slightly. Photograph: Getty Images

Persistent problems such as smoking, alcohol and snack food need to be tackled

A selection of sugary drinks. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Research finds an extra soft drink can a day can increase a child’s body weight by 1kg

While smoking is in decline, drinking alcohol remains a majority pursuit, engaged in by 76 per cent of the population. Just over half of us drink at least weekly. File photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

Healthy Ireland study raises concerns over risky sex, snacking and low levels of exercise

Obesity rates have fallen slightly, though 60 per cent of the population are still overweight or obese. Photograph: Getty Images

Most commonly reported health conditions are high blood pressure and back problems

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Health executive proposes additional resources to help ease overcrowding pressures

 A patient on a trolley in a hospital corridor. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation says hospital staff are ‘beyond breaking point’

Less than half of trainee GPs surveyed saw themselves working full-time five years after training. File photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Proportion intending to stay rises but less than half expect to work full-time in future

Report finds that Asthma on average results in  12 missed days of work per adult in an average year, and 10 missed days at school for a child.

Report finds majority feel despair or depressive symptoms at some stage due to condition

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