HSE director general 
Tony O’Brien has welcomed 
provisions in the HSE Service Plan which give the HSE greater freedom to recruit staff within allocated budgets. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

HSE director says it will maximise collection to ease funding pressures on budget

Leo Varadkar: Minister for Health quoted the parable of the loaves and fishes to illustrate the impossibility of meeting demands. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Whichever way figures sliced, a shortage of patient beds is the bugbear

HSE director general Tony O’Brien: “The additional funding provided will support the HSE in maintaining existing levels of service.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Increase in resources set at 1% of budget but HSE savings needed due to ‘cost pressures’

The Health Information and Quality Authority has appointed Phelim Quinn as its new chief executive. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Successor to Tracey Cooper says safeguarding vulnerable in society will be a priority

Friday Kiyee, head of the Red Cross Dead Body Management team in Monrovia, Liberia, leads his team in prayer before removing the body of a woman from her home in West Point. The DBM team is responsible for the collection and disposal of human remains infected with the deadly Ebola virus. Photographs: Victor Lacken/IFRC

Irishman Victor Lacken has spent the last three months chronicling the burial of victims

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar hopes to reverse the fall in the number of nurses. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Plans expected to include €25m for free GP care for under-sixes

Report authors say it highlights the significant difficulties associated with sexual orientation concerns among adolescents. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Report finds those with concerns are 14 times more likely to attempt suicide

Savita Halappanavar died one week after she was admitted to University Hospital Galway when she was 17 weeks pregnant and miscarrying in late 2012. File photograph: The Irish Times

Leo Varadkar says recommendations drawn up to improve hospital performance

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar, Prof  Frank Keane,   and Minister for Primary and Social Care Kathleen Lynch at the announcement of changes to the medical card system. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Message from review group report is: if system isn’t broke, don’t fix it

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