The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland has warned nurses they will be taken off the register if they do not pay the full €150 fee for this year. The fee for 2014 was €100 and for 2013 it was €88. File photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Nursing and Midwifery Board warns nurses of removal from register if they do not pay full €150 fee

HSE figures show delayed discharges, at 835, were a major problem back in November; the persistence of high numbers of delayed discharges after Christmas was a major contributory factor behind the trolley crisis.

Leo Varadkar admits figures will get worse but promises hospital activity will be ramped up ‘subject to finance being available’ (...)

Leo Varadkar: Group would widen discretion further to take into account medical hardship and burden of an illness on an individual and their family, regardless of income. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Team tasked with developing ‘more compassionate apporach’ to awarding cards

The number of cases of food poisoning caused by Campylobacter rose to a record 2,600 last year, compared to 2,288 in 2013. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Safety authority voices concern at sharp rise in illness caused by Campylobacter bug

Allowing pharmacists to treat minor patient ailments could save the health service money, take the pressure off overworked GPs and improve the general health of the population, a healthcare seminar has been told.

Department of Health considers plan to allow pharmacists treat customers, bypassing GPs

 Former minister for justice  Ray Burke  at the Mahon Tribunal at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Judge in planning inquiry outlines details of coruption findings against Burke

Last week the Medical Protection Society said large increases in the cost of cover, driven by high legal costs, were driving some doctors out of practice. Photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire.

Lawyers claim ‘deny and defend’ approach widespread in medical negligence cases

Bertie Ahern arriving at the Mahon Tribunal in Dublin Castle on September 20th, 2007. Photograph: Kate Geraghty

No findings in tribunal’s final report, which deals with Bertie Ahern, withdrawn

HSE deputy director of acute hospitals Angela Fitzgerald: says the situation is “far from ideal”  but the HSE is working on a number of short-term initiatives, including a worldwide recruitment campaign for locum transplant surgeons. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Association says transplant surgeons from North should be seconded to work in HSE and ensure donated organs not sent abroad

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