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

Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, Co Galway: Measures were introduced after the detection of seven cases in which babies died or were seriously injured

Department of Health expressed concern about maternity safety at Portiuncula

Warren and Lorraine Reilly from Loughrea who lost two  children while attending Portiuncla Hospital. Photograph: Andrew Downes

HSE resisted issuing apologies to families over troublesome births, documents reveal

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