The report says that most of the 25 recommendations made last June by the group, chaired by Prof Brian MacCraith, president of Dublin City University, are in the process of being implemented. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Most of MacCraith group's 25 recommendations made in June still being implemented

Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer of the Department of Health: “The indicators in this report signal that certain services require further analysis and examination in order to identify if a problem exists.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Report shows what areas are working and where things can improve

A Department of Health spokeswoman pointed out the new meningitis vaccine has not been included in any national immunisation programme by any other country. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

NIAC says vaccine should be provided nationally if ‘cost-effective’ price can be agreed

The figures are contained in the first annual report of the National Healthcare Quality Reporting System, which measures the performance of the health service across a number of indicators. File photograph: Reuters

Tullamore, Blanchardstown, Cavan, Naas and Cork rates are ‘significantly higher’

Maker of ‘exorbitantly priced’ blood disorder drug declines invite to appear before TDs

Pharmaceutical industry representatives have rejected claims that Irish drug prices are high compared to other European countries

Pharmaceutical industry rejects charges of high costs for prescription medicines

Minister and HSE says audit showing excessive spending is still draft

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar at the Leopardstown races. Photograph:  INPHO/Donall Farme

Varadkar urged consumers to get covered before age-related levy in May

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation said it would continue its campaign until the registration fee was reduced to last year’s level of €100. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Union members hold protests against increase and say they will continue campaign

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