The Health Service Executive  sent a safety alert issued last month by UK regulators to all hospitals in the State in relation to ‘metal-on-metal’ hip implant patients.

HSE safety alert sent to all State hospitals says patients need to undergo regular testing

An Age Action report has claimed some nursing home residents are being forced to pay up to €100 a week in top-up fees. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Minister for Health raises questions of honesty and transparency in care contracts

Minister for Health Simon Harris says setting up a home care scheme by 2019 is realistic. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Minister publishes consultation improve services so people can remain in their homes

 UCC researchers say the survival rate for older people who suffer cardiac arrest in the community and receive emergency treatment and resuscitation is under 3%. File photograph: Alan Betson

UCC study finds ‘lengthy’ waits for help may contribute to low survival rates among the elderly

Cancer prevention will be a cornerstone of the new national cancer strategy. Photograph: iStock

The 10-year plan also aims to boost survivorship schemes and centralise surgery

Minister for Health Simon Harris is to say that the aim of the new cancer care strategy is to ensure cancer survival rates in the State will be among the best in Europe. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Simon Harris’s plan will warn that the number of cases of the disease will double in 20 years

Emily Cahill (4) from Waterford during a protest outside Leinster House over cath lab facilities at University Hospital Waterford. Photograph: Collins

Hundreds protest at Dáil over provision of 24/7 cardiac services in Waterford hospital

The HPV vaccine has been administered to teenage girls since 2010.

Ireland is looking to follow the lead of other countries and extending coverage to boys

Up to 2013, St John of God  supplemented the State-funded salaries of senior executives with top-ups through a private payroll funded by the order, according to an audit by the HSE. In that year, however, the HSE explicitly banned such top-ups across the public service, regardless of the source of the money. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Managers leaving after they receive compensation but before normal retirement age

Mr Harris accused the order of “diverting” money due to service users to top-ups and bonuses for senior executive, in breach of public pay policy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Health accuses order of ‘diverting’ money due to service users

The hospital’s new unit, which was opened by Minister for Health Simon Harris on Monday, will be open four days a week and will prioritise the longest-waiting patients. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital will double capacity to carry out procedures

If implemented, the proposal in the HSE audit would see the St John of God order funding this shortfall from its own resources rather than receiving additional funding from the State this year. File photograph: Getty Images

Order ‘should use millions in payments’ to fund community services

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda: arrangements were made to fast-track the Garda vetting of affected staff. Photograph: Alan Betson

Staff had been through HSE vetting process only before Hiqa intervention

About 5,000 people a year died in Ireland from cardiac arrest, most of them in their own homes

Survival rate after CPR is only about 13-20% in hospital, says Irish Heart Foundation

The INMO says recruitment remains very low and retention continues to be “problematic”. Photograph: Frank Miller

INMO says nurses will ballot on national wage agreement from end of August

File image of Legionella bacteria. File photograph: Science Photo Library

HSE urges caution after an Irish person contracts the disease in the Arabian state

The value of the vouchers are said by one provider to fall significantly short of the cost of new prostheses and bras.

New policy on post-mastectomy products was due to start on Saturday

Green tea tablets. Prof Mike Gibney says claims that specific diets can cure cancer are “quack” remedies that have no foundation and lack any serious body of supporting scientific data

Prof Mike Gibney says ‘lunatic fringe’ are peddling” myths about food and cancer

It is the first time the number of terminations carried out has fallen since new abortion legislation was introduced in 2013. Photograph: Getty images

Number of terminations under Act was one less than in 2014 and 2015

Minister for Health Simon Harris  said talks between his officials and St Vincent’s on the terms of the State’s investment in the new hospital were ongoing, but good progress was being made. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Proposals to tackle ownership likely to come before Cabinet, says Harris

Suicide rates among men dropped by 15.2 per cent last year, but this was offset by a 6.2 per cent increase in suicides among women.

HSE criticises campaign against HPV vaccine and accuses opponents of ‘playing God’

Department says it is considering three medicines for approval

Thomas Power on his wedding day to Bernadette Power (nee Delaney) last September. The 39-year-old from Dunmore East died while being transferred between University Hospital Waterford and Cork Universirty Hospital. Photograph:  Facebook

Could geography be a deciding factor as to whether a heart patient survives or dies?

Letterkenny University Hospital: The new medical block opened in 2013 and that same year a  flash flood caused more than €30 million in damage. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Problems at new €24m block not related to Grenfell Tower issues, says spokeswoman

“Stopgap measure”: Ireland’s reliance on overseas doctors will prove ineffective and unsustainable, according to the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Photograph: E+/Getty

Reduce hours and increase salaries to retain Irish-trained doctors, says RCSI

Had Thomas Power made it to Cork, he would most likely have had treatment to unblock his coronary arteries, known as angioplasty. Photograph: Alan Betson

Thomas Power’s passing is evidence we lack resources to handle emergencies

Thomas Power on his wedding day to Bernadette Power. Photograph: Facebook

Simon Harris criticised in wake of Thomas Power’s death in ambulance

The conference heard by 2027 the average consumer will be paying €11,000 a year between taxes and insurance premiums for public and private health services. Photograph: Getty Images

Private Hospitals Association conference told claims costs rising due to ageing population

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Legislation aimed at improving patient safety to be brought to Cabinet in autumn

Minister for Health Simon Harris: said he had to follow clinical advice in the provision of services. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Minister for Health says expert had examined cath lab issue

Children being inoculated against diphtheria in  1944. Photograph: Kurt Hutton/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Both patients survived, but disease can kill one in 20 people who contract it

Minister for Health Simon Harris: The Future of Healthcare report, which was drawn up by a cross-party group of TDs,  envisages additional spending of €700 million a year to cut waiting lists, reduce or abolish charges and improve equity of access to services. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Health to only implement parts ‘consistent with Government policy’

Building the Future: one in 10,000 Irish 15- to 19-year-olds will die by suicide, the Unicef report says

UN agency says teen suicide rate fourth highest among high-income countries

Medicines for Ireland is an amalgamation of the Healthcare Enterprise Alliance and the Irish Generic Manufacturers’ Association. Photograph: Getty Images

Group claims patients may face increasing difficulty accessing lifesaving medicines

Girls actually attempt suicide about twice as often as boys, though generally the methods chosen are less lethal. Photograph: iStock

Ireland’s teenage suicide rate is fourth-highest among high-income countries

Post-Brexit healthcare fears: Of 1,700 treatments funded under the cross-Border directive last year, about 700 were provided in Northern Ireland, according to the Department of Health. Photograph: Frank Miller

Oireachtas report lists ambulance delays and recognition of staff and products as fears

Ireland has the lowest breastfeeding rate among developed countries, the Unicef survey shows. Just 55 per cent of Irish mothers have ever breastfed, compared to 98 per cent of Swedish mothers and rates of 80 per cent in the US and the UK. Photograph:  Yui Mok/PA

Education, food insecurity and pregnancy levels measured by Unicef report

Declan Connolly and his  wife, Charlotte, who is believed to be the only person in Ireland with  Degos disease.  Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Mullingar man protests against Government’s refusal to fund expensive drugs

Dr Michael Harty: said the Taoiseach balked at the cost of implementing the “Future of Healthcare” report, which requires additional annual spending of €700 million.

Dr Michael Harty abstained on vote for taoiseach over commitments

Minister of State John Halligan. The HSE is to seek tenders for a €1m mobile catheterisation lab in Waterford following a pledge by Mr Halligan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Move comes six months after the new facility was promised by local Minister John Halligan

St John of God Community Services, which receives €130 million in funding from the HSE annually, provides mental health and intellectual disability services for 7,000 people. File photograph: Getty Images

‘Robust engagement’ between charity and funder over relationship promised - HSE chief

Grace was left in the care of a foster family in the south-east for 20 years despite physical abuse, neglect and possible sexual abuse

Tony O’Brien admits he was misled on Deloitte report which is not yet completed

Leo Varadkar: it will almost certainly fall to the incoming taoiseach to decide when and in what form to proceed with a referendum on abortion. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

State has in the past ignored UN rulings but the shame factor is significant internationally

Minister for Health Simon Harris, who has said he hoped to see a referendum on repealing the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution next year. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Rights of woman forced to travel to UK for abortion over fatal foetal abnormality violated

When Siobhán Whelan returned to Wexford for the records, the report says, some staff were insensitive to her. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Siobhán Whelan endured ‘truly demeaning’ experience after learning baby would die

The HSE Crisis Pregnancy Agency said the decline in the number of women travelling abroad for an abortion has become more gradual after a period of steep falls between 2001 and 2007. File photograph: Getty Images

Records show women with Republic address at clinics in England and Wales at nine a day

Tests in the National Maternity Hospital confirmed  Siobhan Whelan’s baby  suffered from Trisomy 13 (Patau Syndrome), which she was told was ‘incompatible with life’. Photograph: The Irish Times

Siobhan Whelan forced to travel to UK for abortion after fatal foetal abnormality diagnosis

 Swiss drugmaker Roche says Perjeta (pertuzumab) would benefit 1,000 breast cancer patients over a five-year period. File photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Manufacturer accuses HSE of deviating from approvals processes by blocking Perjeta

The late Savita Halappanavar and her husband Praveen Halappanavar. Photographs: The Irish Times

Hospital group in which Savita Halappanavar died paid €17.5m in settlements in 2016

Light drinking is consuming less than 5.5 units a week – about six small glasses of wine or 2.5 pints. Photograph: iStock

A pint of beer contains about two standard drinks, a bottle of wine contains seven

Drinks manufacturers say research into alcohol consumption did not illustrate “cause and effect” concerning its impact on people’s brains.

‘No firm conclusions can be drawn about cause and effect in the study’

Serious breaches put residents at risk

Hiqa says serious breaches at Ravenswell centre putting residents at risk

Cavan consultant obstetrician Dr Salah Aziz Ahmed: this was the longest fitness to practise hearing at the council since public hearings began over a decade ago. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Costly and inconclusive hearing raises more questions than answers

The results suggest Irish drinking limits, which define moderate drinking as under 17 standard drinks a week for men, may be pitched too high. Photograph: iStockphoto

Alcohol consumption, even at moderate levels, can cause steep decline in mental skills

Nicholas Kearns, deputy chairman of the National  Maternity Hospital:  takes particular issue with former master of the NMH Dr Peter Boylan.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

NMH deputy chairman condemns ‘inaccurate’ assertions about transfer to St Vincent’s

Forty-four Irish women were among 4,800 women worldwide who took part in the Aphinity trial of the new drug combination, manufactured by Roche Pharmaceuticals

Three-year study reveals disappointing results for Roche’s $158,000-a-year treatment

John Pepper, Group CEO, Saint John of God Group. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Charity which gave massive salary top-ups asks Department of Health for €7m

 Mairtin Manning (wearing blue) was one of two men who were    brought before an out-of-hours sitting of the Special Criminal Court on Sunday evening. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Both remanded in custody to appear before Special Criminal Court again next Friday

A computer-generated image of the proposed new National Maternity Hospital at the St Vincent’s hospital campus in Dublin.

Move sets stage for further withdrawal of Catholic bodies from health and education

Sr Stanislaus Kennedy. Photograph: Alan Betson

Nun was shocked by some of the ‘very distasteful’ media coverage of the order

The St John of God audit uncovered secret payments totalling €6.24 million to senior lay executives. File photograph: Getty Images

St John of God told by Vatican to deal with outstanding liabilities, says HSE audit

 St John of God Group chief executive  John Pepper (centre) with  Clare Dempsey of Saint John of God Community Services and Brother Donatus Forkan, Provincial of Saint John of God Order. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

St John of God ‘categorically rejected’ claim that its actions lacked candour

HSE auditors say St John of God group chief executive John  Pepper was paid a salary “very significantly in excess of the approved rate”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

John Pepper received €649,371 in 2013, some as compensation for a salary reduction

The St John of God facility in Drumcar, Co Louth, where managers were criticised for failing to protect residents from abuse. Photograph: Tom Conachy

In recent years, Catholic order’s intellectual disability services have come under scrutiny

“Big bang” approach might be needed for health service in Ireland. Photograph: iStock

Tepid response from vested interests may kill strong cross-party effort

St Vincent’s Healthcare Group chairman James Menton with Minister for Health  Simon Harris and  Rhona Mahony, master of the National Maternity Hospital. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Master would report to St Vincent’s only in role as clinical director for obstetrics

The Irish Medical Organisation  criticised the lack of targets for new hospital beds, and claimed the proposal for free GP care for all in five years was unworkable.  Photograph: Getty Images

Cross-party health plan calls for free GP care and free hospital care for all

The Parents for Choice march on May 7th in Dublin against religious ownership of the planned new national maternity hospital. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Analysis: Move is a turning point in history of religious involvement in Irish healthcare

 St Vincent’s University Hospital chairman James Menton,   Minister for Health Simon Harris and  master of the National Maternity Hospital Dr Rhona Mahony. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

St Vincent’s group to retain control over National Maternity Hospital, says chairman

James Menton, chairman St Vincent’s Healthcare Group, Minister for Health Simon Harris, and Dr Rhona Mahony, Master of the National Maternity Hospital. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Canon law rules will cease to apply at group’s facilities after Sisters of Charity’s withdrawal

The decision  represents a huge victory for ‘people power’, expressed in demonstrations like that (above) at  the Department of Health last month. Photograph: Alan Betson

Other church institutions likely to follow example of Sisters of Charity

Sisters of Charity say they will have “no involvement in this new company”. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sisters of Charity say they will end involvement in new hospital on St Vincent’s campus

An electron micrograph of a cervical cancer cell. About  90 women die from the disease in Ireland annually.

Move to primary HPV testing would reduce number of screenings needed, says Cancer Society

After: Tony O Brien, head of the HSE, at their headquarters in Dublin. .Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The HSE director took action after a press photograph showed him he was obese

Tallaght hospital: Some 2,000 people have come into contact with the CPE superbug there. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Recent outbreaks of antibiotic-resistant CPE have been associated with “a number of deaths”

Tallaght Hospital: an average of two or three testing positive per week. Photograph: David Sleator

700 people infected with CPE in Ireland and ‘there may be another 700 out there’

“CPE outbreak control measures are extremely laborious, time-consuming and expensive, and may not be successful ultimately.” Photograph: Getty Images

Hospital outbreak of superbug partially caused by cuts to cleaning budget

Study involved almost 9,000 Irish children. Photograph: iStock

Irish study also finds correlation between Caesarean births and increased obesity risk

Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation  say they are deeply concerned at plans to accommodate up to 24 patients on trolleys and chairs in the new facility.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Nurses criticise use of trolleys and staffing mix in new €18m hospital department

Concerns have been raised regarding finances in the Glen charity, which was involved in the marriage equality referendum campaign. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Statutory inquiry follows controversy over allegations of financial mismanagement

Irish dancing is being used as part of one Italian doctor’s Parkinson’s rehabilitation exercises. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Italian doctor uses Irish dancing for rehabilitation of patients with Parkinson’s

After initial reluctance within the HSE, over 200 complaints were referred to a review team chaired by Dr Peter Boylan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Analysis: Despite apologies for failings, the health executive has yet to take action

‘I left the surgery in a state of shock and vowed never to set foot in Portlaoise again.’

I was discharged with a prescription for penicillin, even though I said I was allergic

Patient Focus has been dealing with the families of babies who died at Portlaoise hospital since 2012

Patient Focus critical of HSE’s handling of complaints following Portlaoise deaths

‘The incidents found during the review were previously unknown and unreported, and came to light “accidentally”, according to Patient Focus, which participated in the review.’ Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Review follows Portlaoise hospital baby deaths investigation

“All patients will be treated on the same, public basis in public hospitals . . . based on need rather than ability to pay,” according to the report summary. Photograph: Getty Images

Period of six years to disentangle public and private healthcare, says Oireachtas group

Baxter Healthcare, the only supplier of compounded chemotherapy product for cancer patients in Ireland, is resuming deliveries following resolution of production difficulties, according to the HSE. File photograph: Getty Images

Break in supply from monopoly-holder Baxter Healthcare affects 65 cancer patients

The National Association of General Practitioners says general practice is in crisis and needs to be rescued urgently for the sake of the profession and in the best interests of patients. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Group ready for ‘confrontation’ as it seeks remedy to ‘miscalculation’ of cuts

 Kieran Rose, founder and former chairman of Glen: Admitted his decision to use the charity’s resources and facilities during an unsuccessful Seanad election campaign last year was a mistake. Photograph: Eric Luke

Gay rights charity to be wound down after controversy over financial management

NAGP says Government cuts are main reason driving high doctors emigration

The percentage of teenage girls receiving the HPV vaccine in Cork and Kerry this year has risen to 50 per cent. Photograph: Getty Images

HSE ‘encouraged’ by new figures but remain concerned at the current rates

Chemotherapy-drug shortage: some oncologists have had to switch patients from intravenous to oral therapy. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Treatment rescheduled after production problems at Irish hospitals’ sole supplier

The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network’s board has been caught in “a perfect storm”  with diminishing public trust, minimal financial reserves, no chief executive and reduced staffing.

Glen charity to wind down over corporate governance issues and erosion of public trust

Kieran Rose, cofounder  of the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network: while he paid for all outlay involved, he  used Glen facilities and resources for a Seanad election campaign. Photograph: Frank Miller

Gay and Lesbian Equality Network failed in terms of 21st-century corporate governance

Tackling obesity: the Irish Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism has called for a co-ordinated programme providing diet and exercise, weight loss medicine, cognitive behavioural therapy and surgery to deal with  the condition. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Experts call for national plan and recognition of condition as disease of the brain

The trial ‘comfort pack’ sees eye masks, ear plugs, a toothbrush and paste, water wipes and socks being given to patients waiting in the emergency department of St Vincent’s hospital

St Vincent’s hospital accused of ‘pimping up’ trolleys by giving eye masks and ear plugs

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation called on HSE assistant national director for public health Dr Kevin Kelleher to respect nurses’ decisions not to avail of vaccines.

Tony O’Brien defends official who highlighted nurses’ low uptake of vaccinations

Survey finds more concern with economy than hard Border

The Nest crèche, beside the Skylon Hotel in Drumcondra, Dublin.

Date of move, which will impact 20 staff and over 100 children, put back by two months

Since the prescription levy was increased to €2.50 in 2013, the number of long-term illness claimants has jumped from 72,000 in 2013 to 138,000 in 2015.   Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

More patients are switching to Long-Term Illness scheme to avoid paying charge

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