Lloyds has denied any wrongdoing in its claiming of phased fees in respect of a single prescription dispensed in one visit and has insisted its approach is no different from other pharmacy chains. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

HSE says at no time has it been approached by whistleblower about controversial practice

Researchers identify protein that regulates severity of tissue damage caused by disease

One child treated in Temple Street hospital in Dublin weighed almost 30kg, double the average weight for their age-group. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Paediatrician Sinéad Murphy says families are desperate due to lack of services

Anxiety the main problem, followed by low mood, family problems and anger issues

PAC chairman John McGuinness: HSE  willl  be asked to explain “squandering” of public money in paying dispensing fees. Photograph:  David Sleator

Committee to investigate claims of multiple fees charged for single prescriptions

LloydsPharmacy Ireland managing director Goretti Brady: the group runs more than 90 pharmacies in  Republic, employs 1,000 people, and has plans for another  60 stores, employing 500 staff.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

LloydsPharmacy Ireland chain describes allegation as ‘entirely unfounded’

Lawyers for LloydsPharmacy criticised the HSE for alleging fraud and breach of contract in a letter sent to  managing director Goretti Brady (pictured) earlier this month.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Lloyds denies fraud over boosting income by claiming multiple medical card prescription fees

 Nurses who attended consultation meetings regarded the level of pay restoration in the revised Lansdowne Road agreement as “very minimal” compared with the “draconian” cuts imposed over the past six years. File photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

INMO members vote 71% in favour of revised public pay deal in spite of reservations

 Dr Derek Power, consultant medical oncologist at Cork  University Hospital. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

New data shows three-quarters of breast cancer patients will be alive a decade later

MS treatments have been developed which calm the underlying inflammation that causes the disease. Photograph: PA

Sufferers subjected to ‘postcode lottery’ despite HSE approval of remedial treatment

One drink a day puts women at increased risk of breast and other alcohol-related cancers, a major study has found. File photograph: Cathal McNaughton/PA Wire

Medical review says those with family history of disease should consider giving up alcohol

Tallaght Hospital report says an increased focus on strategy is required at board level. Photograph: David Sleator

Board members discouraged by problem of portraying the hospital in a positive light

Melanoma: incidences of such  cancers  have increased by 6.7 per cent in men, according to a report prepared for the United Kingdom and Ireland Association of Cancer Registries. Photograph: Thinkstock

Lung cancer in women up 11.7 per cent and colorectal cancer in men up 8.3 per cent

Photograph: Stephen Kelly/PA Wire.

Alexion Pharmaceuticals charging €4,557.50 per vial of Soliris for rare blood disorder

A consultant paediatric dental surgeon has said teething is “a natural, gentle and benign process, just like growing nails or hair”. Photograph: Getty Images

Symptoms often associated with teething are generally the result of infections

More than one-third of doctors working in Ireland were trained overseas, but many are prohibited by legislation from accessing training posts. Photograph: Benis Arapovic/Hemera/Getty.

Situation ‘a sophisticated form of modern slavery’ says Overseas Medics of Ireland

HSE says it needs over €250 million in funding to rehouse thousands of people with disabilities in smaller units and meet standards set by the health watchdog, Hiqa.

Money to be used to accelerate move from institutions to smaller accommodation units

The provision of more hospices or specialist care at home would reduce the number of patients dying in hospitals

Patients express preference for palliative care in specialist units over hospital care

There were 359 patients waiting for a hospital bed yesterday, up on the same day in 2014 (227 patients) and 2013 (242). Photograph: Frank Miller

Emergency being ‘squeezed’ as result of drive on Varadkar’s targets, say doctors

A screen grab from RTÉ’s Investigations Unit - Inside Bungalow 3 report on Prime Time last December.

Hiqa issues closure notice for five bungalows at Co Mayo facility

 Hiqa chief executive Phelim Quinn. File  photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Thousands of beds in State-run homes face closure over substandard facilities

Hiqa has been assessing nursing home standards since 2009, a few years after shocking revelations about the mistreatment of older people at Leas Cross. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Issue of substandard accommodation is coming to a head as new standards must be met

Breastfeeding is linked to a range of health benefits for newborn babies and mothers. Photograph: Getty Images

Just one mother in 40 exclusively breastfeeding by time baby is six-seven months

The Medical Council has sanctioned two doctors for inappropriate prescribing of  drugs. Photograph: PA Wire

Two medical professionals sanctioned for practices relating to prescribing of drugs

From left: Former Anglo officials Aoife Maguire, Tiarnan O’Mahoney and Bernard Daly.

‘Stroke of one button’ sealed the fate of the three bankers

Bernard Daly  was sentenced to two years. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov

First bankers to go to jail since start of economic crisis

From left: Former Anglo officials Aoife Maguire, Tiarnan O’Mahoney and Bernard Daly.

Tiarnan O’Mahoney given 3 year term, Bernard Daly 2 years, Aoife Maguire 18 months

Minister of State at the  Department of Health Kathleen Lynch. Photograph: North West Newspix

Almost 40,000 older people can now apply for free doctors’ visits under health scheme

The report also flags a more optimistic future for patients due to advances in treatment. Photograph: Getty Images

Report reveals health consequences of contaminated blood products supplied by State

The HSE said it has been unable to deliver cost savings ‘because our focus has been on opening/maintaining additional bed and other capacity’.

Service unable to cut costs ‘because our focus has been on opening additional bed capacity’

Nationally, €238 million was spent on agency staff in 2013.  Photograph: Getty Images

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Co Louth, in breach of HSE regulations on agencies

The total spend on gift cards in 2012 at the National Drug Treatment Centre came to €1,515. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Management at National Drug Treatment Centre said cards related to play therapy

In one area 138 retired employees were paid a salary in 2013, according to audit report

Hiqa report finds ‘suboptimal’ cleanliness in many wards at Portiuncula

Woman suing Johnson & Johnson says she suffers ongoing pain since surgery in 2005

State saw 9.2 cases per 100,000 population in 2013, a rate passed only by Latvia and UK

Psychiatry, cosmetic surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology among most ‘complaint prone’

The National Maternity Hospital at Holles Street,  Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Proposed €150 million development was put on hold last May

Tens of thousands of patients have been moved off waiting lists without having seen a doctor so that a target set by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar can be met.

Weekend and out-of-hours clinics for patients have yet to begin

Up to one in five operating theatres in hospitals across the State are lying idle because of staff shortages or a lack of resources, the Irish Hospital Consultants Association has claimed. Photograph: Thinkstock.

Underfunding of hospital and mental health services damaging patient care, group claims

The central finding of the European Court of Justice  was that protected working time of non-consultant hospital doctors, when they are engaged in educational and training activities and are not available for work, does not constitute working time. File photograph: Getty Images

ECJ rules protected working time of NCHDs does not constitute working time

The future of the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise is unclear.

Shortage of consultants may mean accepting inferior standards of care, Varadkar suggests

Fianna Fáil’s Billy Kelleher: “It’s bad enough that the Minister moved the goalposts on waiting times. Now it seems he can’t even read the scoreboard.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister says figures are improving despite discrepancy between his and NTPF figures

Retired judge Maureen Harding Clark. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Judge Maureen Harding Clark says almost 100 women have not provided full records

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar claims to have substantially achieved his goal of ensuring no patient is on a waiting list for 18 months.

1,988 patients waiting for an outpatient appointment at end June for more than 18 months

Patients here spend an average of 120-165 days on waiting lists for common medical procedures. File photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Report shows specialists earned on average almost €164,500 in 2014

A new report by Hiqa has highlighted the frequency of recommendations repeated in healthcare reports for Irish hospitals and healthcare providers

Hiqa says improvements do not require additional financial resources

Drinking during pregnancy is highly prevalent and “socially pervasive” in Ireland, research published in the British medical journal BMJ Open says. File photograph: Thinkstock Photos

Over 75% of Irish women’s pregnancies feature alcohol use - despite warnings

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: decided to exempt asylum seekers from the charge following an examination of the issue by his officials and the Health Service Executive. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar says asylum seekers will not have to pay levy

INMO says trolley numbers last month up for the twelfth month in a row

A French appeals court has ruled a German firm  does not have to compensate more than 1,000 French women fitted with  leak-prone PIP implants, overturning a lower court decision. The earlier  decision had led lawyers to claim Irish women could receive in compensation arising from  damage after their silicone gel implants were found unsafe.   File photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Lawyers had claimed Irish women could get €10,000-€15,000 over PIP implants

Nursing and Midwifery Board censures nurse for spitting at nursing home resident

File photograph: Thinkstock

Doctors to pay increased annual fees of €605 after union ends campaign of opposition

Minister of State with responsibility for Primary Care Kathleen Lynch and Minister for Health Leo Varadkar at the launch of the online registration system for the free GP care for the under-6s scheme. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

HSE refuses to allow ‘conditional’ acceptance of contract from doctors with concerns

Parents can still register their children on gpvisitcard.ie for free GP care.

More than 79,000 children entitled to free GP care following registration

The Rotunda is to move to the site of Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown and the Coombe is to transfer to a site adjacent to the planned new national children’s hospital at St James’s Hospital

Rotunda going to site in Varadkar’s constituency, Coombe will be beside St James’s

The number of private and voluntary nursing homes dropped by nearly 4 per cent to 437 over the past five years, at a time when the older population was growing, a survey carried out by Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI) shows. Photograph: Thinkstock.

Survey shows weekly difference of over €350 between facilities in Dublin and Donegal

Dr Bobby Smyth: said similar findings had been made in other countries where bans were introduced. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Study appears to contradicts claims by critics of crackdown that it would drive demand underground rather than reducing it

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

‘Last thing the Government wants in run-up to an election is further debate on issue’

Kilkenny District Court has made an interim order cancelling the registration of Our Lady’s Unit at St Patrick’s Centre with effect from last Friday evening.

Court cancels registration of unit at St Patrick’s Centre after Hiqa queries

‘I’m afraid that by the time they sort this out, my body will be too weak for a transplant’

“The potential remains to reduce public spending on pharmaceuticals, in particular patented medicines,” according to the commission’s recommendations.  Photograph: PA Wire

European Commission rebuffs complaint by group representing Irish pharma companies

The Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar. “Their ambition is that we should raise the minimum industrial wage and then put everyone on it.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Sinn Féin takes donations but ‘doesn’t believe in America’, says minister

Britain’s Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service found that Dr Vincent Kent ‘acquiesced’ in the creation of a false account, implacing an ‘innocent fellow practitioner’

Dr Vincent Kent, whose fitness to practice was in Britain was ‘impaired’, listed as providing cosmetic surgery services in Dublin(...)

Retired surgeon David Hickey at the Beaumont Hospital pancreas transplant unit. Since his retirement the unit has closed and no transplants have been performed. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Patients suffering due to lack of pancreas transplants at hospital, says David Hickey

Beaumont Hospital was unable to say when pancreas transplants would resume. Photograph: Eric Luke

Former surgeon accuses hospital of ‘callous disregard’ of needs of those on waiting list

Professor of obstetrics at UCD Michael Turner. Mr Turner told the Oireachtas health committee that pregnancy complications linked to neural tube defects such as spina bifida was a public health issue of major importance. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Rise in birth defects linked to reduction in vitamin intake among childbearing women

No internet pharmacy, whether legitimate or not in another country, can supply drugs to customers in Ireland. That hasn’t stopped the flow of medicines into Ireland from overseas merchants hawking their wares on the web.

Crackdown on illegal medicines about to get tougher as online trade continues to grow

Garda and health products authority investigating ‘fat burning’ drug containing DNP

Dr Rhona Mahony, master of the National Maternity Hospital. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

High expectation and low resources are a challenge, according to Dr Rhona Mahony

The Public Accounts Committee chairman John McGuinness said getting value for money is central to proper procurement, but in the case of the HSE “that is simply not happening”. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times.

Public Accounts Committee says goods and services not being procured competitively

The Alone organisation said a third of those in nursing home care with low to medium dependency needs could live at home if they were supported to do so. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Insufficient invested in ageing at home, says Alone

The Alfred Beit Foundation is to consider postponing the sale of a number of paintings from Russborough House in Co Wicklow.

Board to meet to discuss pulling of paintings from auction after private donors make offer

The Midlands Regional Hospital in Portlaoise. A review which looked at case notes of 28 births about which concerns have been raised, many in Portlaoise, has been published.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times.

Women who have adverse events in maternity units ‘should receive reviews in two months’

Artwork by young architect Sophie Kelliher for the Industria exhibition.

Projects developed as part of ‘Industria’ exhibition challenge with DIT and IDA Ireland

The Towers Pub closed its doors last year after over 40 years in business after the premises were purchased by Dublin City Council, which plans to redevelop the shopping centre. Photograph: The Irish Times

Fire crews tackling blaze at former venue which featured on crime drama Love/Hate

Hiqa chief executive Phelim Quinn. The health watchdog is to be given the power to investigate incidents in private heathcare, under new legislation to be drafted shortly. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Varadkar says measure designed to alleviate concerns about service safety and quality

The Irish Kidney Association says the post-transplant clinic at Beaumont Hospital has ceased following the retirement of David Hickey, the country’s only pancreatic transplant surgeon. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Many transplant patients have been forced into overcrowded emergency departments

A woman patient has sustained multiple fractures after falling out of a window at Cavan General Hospital. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Woman had subdural haemorrhage as well as fractures after incident early on Thursday

The NAGP has told members it had no choice but to end court proceedings after receiving legal advice it was likely to fail and the association would be liable for all legal costs. Photograph: Getty Images

GP group says withdrawal of court case a “dark day” but vows to continue opposition

Dr Vikas Gobin faces an allegation of professional misconduct in relation to an incident  at the Front Door pub in Galway in December 2011. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Dr Vikas Gobin faces allegation of professional misconduct over Galway pub incident

Health service staff should be legally required to inform patients when mistakes or errors occur, according to a new report from the Oireachtas Health Committee.

Oireachtas health committee says doctors should be obliged to tell patients of mistakes

Consultant neurosurgeon Charlie Marks: While agreeing he erred, he is highly critical of the cost of the investigation and the time it took. Photograph: Daragh MacSweeney/Provision

Leading surgeon Charlie Marks launches stinging critique in wake of investigation

“A very small number of people” had sight of data relating to one other individual’s application, according to the HSE

More than 20,000 children registered despite online system crash

People who eat up to two bars of chocolate daily have a lowered risk of heart disease and stroke, according to new research. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Research finds link between higher intake and lower chance of cardiovascular events

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar and Kiya O’Connor at the launch of the online registration system for  free GP care for children under six at St Andrew’s Resource Centre, Pearse Street, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Launch of free GP care for under-sixes has gone well despite glitches, says Leo Varadkar

Applications to the HSE have opened and the scheme will kick off from July 1st. You can register at gpvisitcard.ie or send in an application card (downloadable from the site) by post.

Free GP care for under-6s? Yes please. How do I avail of it?

HSE director general Tony O’Brien: appointed a three-person investigation team comprising experts from the UK to examine management and clinical failures at Portlaoise hospital. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Nearly 20,000 complaints made last year, marking significant rise on 2013 figures

Minister of State for Primary Care Kathleen Lynch said efforts needed to be sustained to continue reducing child admissions to adult units. Photograph: Eric Luke

Programme for Government in 2011 stated intention to abolish practice

Dr Declan Egan failed to adhere to Lorna McKeogh’s consent by clipping both of her fallopian tubes instead of one, but this did not amount to poor professional performance, according to the Medical Council. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Woman sterilised by Declan Egan accuses Medical Council of failing to support patients

The HSE says 51 per cent, or 1,232 of the 2,413 GPs who hold medical card contracts, have signed up. It has also written to 336 GPs who do not hold contracts, inviting them to sign up. Photograph: Getty Images

HSE says 51 per cent of doctors have agreed to operate the scheme ahead of launch

A disciplinary inquiry into a Galway fertility doctor who clipped both of a woman’s fallopian tubes when he had consent to clip one  heard that he believes he acted in the patient’s best interests

Medical Council chairman says case involving Dr Declan Egan raised issues of concern

The HSE has apologised to a patient who suffered a serious adverse incident in Cavan General Hospital ’s maternity  unit. The incident did not involve the death of a baby. File photograph: Getty Images

Health Service Executive commissions four external investigations into fatalities

The Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) has said that it has no formal role in the investigation of complaints about long waits on hospital trolleys. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Health watchdog says it has no formal role in examining hospital complaints in this regard

Some 338 patients were on trolleys or in extra ward beds in emergency departments waiting for admission to hospital on Monday, according to  the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Almost 415,000 people waiting for outpatient appointments in May

The scheme is fiercely opposed by one group representing family doctors, the National Association of GPs, which claims it will cause chaos in general practice. Photograph: Getty Images

Group of physicians opposed to under-sixes proposal to launch High Court challenges

The entrance to Tallaght hospital. The hospital has expressed regret over a delay which resulted in a 102-year-old woman spending more than 26 hours on a trolley in its emergency department this week. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Patient given transfusion in emergency department while waiting for bed

Complex surgery transferred from Portlaoise to other hospitals

The Medical Council has revealed its frequent use of emergency court applications to protect public safety at the launch of its annual report, which shows disciplinary hearings against doctors are increasingly being heard in private. File photograph: Karl Grupe/Getty Images

Complaints over doctors fell from 400 in 2013 to 308 last year, says Medical Council

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: likened arguments against the GP scheme for care of under-sixes to opposition to major health reforms in the past. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

More than 1,000 GPs sign contract as Minister says there is ‘no looking back’ on plan

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