Dr Fitzpatrick has resigned from the board overseeing the relocation of the hospital to a religious-owned site at St Vincent’s. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Dr Chris Fitzpatrick has ‘no confidence’ future obstetric changes would be provided

AIMS Ireland has said the planned relocation of the National Maternity Hospital to St Vincent’s hospital should not go ahead unless ownership issues cannot be sorted out. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

AIMS Ireland says it has been ‘inundated’ with calls from women using maternity services

Dr Chris Fitzpatrick has stepped down from the  board planning the relocation of the National Maternity Hospital.  File photograph: Garrett White/Collins

Dr Chris Fitzpatrick compares recent controversy to Mother and Child Scheme row

Peter Boylan: “It was untenable for me to remain on the board, when it is blind to the consequences of transferring 100 per cent ownership of the hospital to the Sisters of Charity, and deaf to the voices of the people.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Interview: Ex-master of Holles St says had obligation to speak out on transfer of NMH

A deal with the Sisters of Charity proposes the new 300 million euro facility will be built on the St Vincent’s Hospital campus in south Dublin, which the religious order owns. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

St Vincent’s Healthcare Group says the next phase of the project can now begin following the support of the maternity hospital and(...)

Dr Peter Boylan: concerns have been raised about the composition of the board of the new maternity hospital, which Dr Boylan has described as “a recipe for conflict”.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Will best practice be possible given the Catholic ethos in force in the hospital?

 Minister for Health Simon Harris    briefed his Government colleagues on Wednesday on  row over  new maternity hospital. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Harris rejects calls to compulsorily acquire site of new National Maternity Hospital

Minister for Health Simon Harris with Eilish Hardiman and John Pollock of the planned children’s hospital. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

State of the art hospital at St James’s may be just what the doctor ordered

Minister for Health Simon Harris with Eilish Hardiman Group, CEO of the Children’s Hospital, and John Pollock, project director NCH at St James’s. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Building work set to begin within weeks and is due for completion towards end of 2021

Dr Rhona Mahony, Master of the National Maternity Hospital, said the controversy was a ‘storm in a tea cup’. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

‘New hospital will continue to offer contraception and termination when mother’s life is in danger’

Dr Chris Fitzpatrick: “Consideration should be given to handing over the ownership of the site cost-free.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dr Chris Fitzpatrick, who helped in planning of move, says conflicts of interest inevitable

National Maternity Hospital: The Government believes the ownership structure of the new hospital will have to be changed in response to public concern.

St Vincent’s drops threat to review project and issues pledge on independence

James Menton, chairman of St Vincents University Hospital with Minister Simon Harris and Master of the National Maternity Hospital Dr Rhona Mahony. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

St Vincent’s calls for ‘integration of activities’ in agreement with maternity hospital

Dr Peter Boylan: “I believe that granting ownership of the national maternity hospital to the Catholic church is wrong.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Peter Boylan ‘not going to resign’ over maternity hospital criticisms as board split over calls to stand down

Former master objected to move of facility to Sisters of Charity-owned St Vincent’s campus

National Maternity Hospital controversy: Parents for Choice protest against the decision to give the new hospital to the Sisters of Charity. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Kieran Mulvey says elements of St Vincent’s agreement will be clarified but deal ‘will stand’

UCC lecturer Dr Charles Marks claims whiplash was  “created by the medical profession in the second half of the 20th century,” despite a lack of scientific evidence

UCC lecturer says whiplash is ‘multi-billion euro gravy train for the medical profession’

IMO president Dr Ann Hogan  blamed ‘fake news’ and social media for a significant decline in take up of cancer-protecting HPV vaccination amongst young girls. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Health Minister says it’s time to ‘take on the scaremongers’ who are misinforming people

Minister for Health Simon Harris  said it was ‘not good enough’ to have women continuing to deliver at its outdated premises in Holles Street. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister says no other hospital in Dublin area could be used to deliver required services

A motion supporting a properly resourced contract supporting the present system of private GP contractors was passed unanimously at the IMO conference. File image: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

HSE-employed doctors not the solution to rural GP shortages, IMO conference hears

A Coastguard helicopter taking part in the search for the missing crew members of Rescue 116. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Survey thought to be largest dive exercise of its type in efforts to find R116 winch crew missing for six weeks

Former tánaiste and minister for health Mary Harney: “When the children’s hospital was to have been built at the Mater, the site was being given over completely by the Mercy Sisters who owned it”

Harney contrasts situation with Sisters of Mercy offering land for children’s hospital

Illustration of the new National Maternity Hospital, plans for which have been thrown into jeopardy on Friday evening.

St Vincent’s angry at ‘being portrayed as some sort of Catholic ginger group’

The identity of doctors under investigation by the council should remain protected until such time as an adverse finding is made against them, according to a motion passed at the conference. Photograph: Thinkstock

IMO annual conference hears plan to operate on patients within 12 weeks ‘impractical’

Illustration of the  new National Maternity Hospital, plans for which have been thrown into jeopardy on Friday evening.

Board of St Vincent’s to review move to religious-owned site in wake of controversy

Irish Coast Guard   helicopter. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

‘Nobody seems to want to dwell’ on resources used over minor injury, IMO conference told

Under the Mental Health Act, patients are treated as children until the age of 18 (unless they are married). Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Irish Medical Organisation forum seeks to end age difference between different services

St Vincents University Hospital in Dublin where the National Maternity Hospital is set to move. Photograph Niall Carson/PA Wire

John Halligan ‘very unhappy’ with Sisters of Charity maintaining an interest in National Maternity Hospital

Dr Peter Boylan, former master of the National Maternity Hospital, has criticised plans for a new facility. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Minister says measures against possible ‘religious interference’ to be put in place

Kieran Rose said he was resigning from the board of Glen as the issue was causing a distraction to its work. Photograph: Frank Miller

Kieran Rose steps down ‘with regret’ from board following campaign allegations

 Robyn Myna at the demonstration against proposed granting of the National Maternity Hospital to the Sisters of Charity at the Department of Health. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Despite the order’s ownership, the hospital will enjoy clinical and operational independence

Minister for Health Simon Harris said the Sisters of Charity would lose out by making “very valuable” land available to the State for free. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sisters of Charity are making ‘very valuable’ land available to the State for free, says Minister

Doctors will also debate a motion endorsing e-cigarettes as a tool for giving up smoking. Photograph: iStock

IMO to debate motion in favour of anonymity until adverse findings are made

More than €60m has been spent since 2013 developing the proposed new national children’s hospital at St James’s Hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Government’s final ruling on the project postponed over funding and running costs

The Catholic church has played a leading role in the development of healthcare in Ireland over many years, but critics feel its direct involvement should now come to an end. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Three hospitals controlled by the Sisters of Mercy previously valued at almost €650m

The HSE is failing those most in need of treatment that can cure hepatitis C, according to an infectious diseases consultant at the Mater hospital. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

HSE is failing to give lifesaving treatment to homeless people with hepatitis C, expert says

Glen, which campaigned for a Yes vote in the 2015 same-sex marriage referendum, is facing allegations of financial mismanagement. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Outgoing executive director Áine Duggan says full audit of gay rights charity is needed

The number of women giving birth in Portlaoise has plummeted, from a high of more than 2,300 in 2010 to 1,400 last year. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Decision makers reluctant to enforce big changes, but there is a ‘least worst’ solution

 Portlaoise hospital. Last December a follow-up report by Hiqa found there were continuing safety concerns at the hospital

Senior HSE manager says uncertainty makes it very difficult to recruit doctors and nurses

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

Áine Duggan says full audit needed to establish if funds were misappropriated

Glen, which was  involved  in the campaign for same-sex marriage ahead of the 2015 referendum, faces an investigation into its finances.

Charity moves to appoint external investigator to examine allegations of intimidation

Babies should be fed and put to bed, not put to bed and then fed, a dental surgeon says. Photograph:  Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Only water safe for babies at night and soothers are problematic also

The committee is recommending the abolition or reduction of many health charges and an end to private care in public hospitals. Photograph: Frank Miller

Extra €500 million a year needed to pay for expanding health budget, committee says

Campaigner Jillian McNulty, who has cystic fibrosis,   celebrates the news of the funding with Micheál Martin, outside the Dáil. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

HSE says cost must come from additional Government funding

St Finian’s Hospital in Killarney was one of the institutions criticised by the Mental Health Commission. Photograph: Google Streetview

Mental Health Commission criticises poor site facilities and their use for children

Cystic Fibrosis sufferer and campaigner Jillian McNulty with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin outside the Dáil after it was announced that the HSE reached a deal on the provision of the drug Orkambi. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Deal to secure life-saving medicine for 600 patients came just in time, say sufferers

Orkambi graffiti  in Dublin: the Government was never going to risk the  political protests that would ensue if Orkambi were rejected. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Decision by Government will be welcomed by the country’s 600 cystic fibrosis patients

Jesse Stanley: ‘the Government has created a black market  by making cannabis illegal’.

US entrepreneur claims pharmaceutical industry against legalisation

Draft report of the Oireachtas committee: the inevitable “vested interests” who dominate the health service will doubtless fight the proposals tooth and nail.

Oireachtas committee draft report falls down on ways to save money and recruit staff

A Dáil committee on the future of healthcare says the disentangling of the private and public sectors will significantly reduce out of pocket health payments by families. Photograph: iStock

Draft report proposes phasing out tax subsidy for private health insurance

Public and private care in the health system need to be ‘disentangled’ to allow the private sector operate in a free market without Government subsidy, the report says.

Future of healthcare group proposes fund to replace €621m income hospitals would lose

Medical marijuana: Kate O’Connell TD, a practising pharmacist, said Gino Kenny’s proposals to legalise medicinal cannabis would undermine regulations designed to protect the public. Photograph: Eric Luke TD Kate O’Connell said arguments for legalising medicinal cannabis rested on ‘fake facts’.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Kate O’Connell rejects claim medical marijuana Bill would cut overdoses and save lives

A variety of cannabis-containing products are in development, and one - Sativex - has already been licensed in Ireland. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Q&A: There is evidence cannabis can help to manage chronic pain but there are side-effects

Heimlich manoeuvre: abdominal thrusts are highly effective and easy to learn. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Michael Healy-Rae and Ronald Reagan are among those saved. Learn the technique and you’ll join Clint Eastwood and Olly Murs

STI: Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria, which cause gonorrhea. Photograph: David M Phillips/Getty

Younger people most affected as number of sexually transmitted infections rises by 10%

Patients will be asked 61 questions on issues such as confidence and trust in hospital staff, hospitall food, standards of care and medication advice.

National Patient Experience Survey aims to identify areas of improvement in health

Substance abuse was the most common standalone issue among medical professionals

Substance abuse, anxiety and depression most common issues faced by doctors

Green Party deputy leader Catherine Martin with Tara Delamere at her son Patrick (3) who has born  at 23 weeks. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

‘The expectation that you go back to work so soon is cruel and unfair,’ says parent of boy born at 23 weeks

Of the 13,000 ophthalmology patients waiting for a procedure, 3,500 have been on the list for more than 12 months, according to official figures. Photograph: Istock

National Council for the Blind: waiting lists ‘out of control’ with 13,000 awaiting procedure

Agnes O’Connor says she waited several years to see a consultant and was told she would have to wait up to 20 months for a cataract operation:  “I could be dead and buried by then.” Photograph: PA

Agnes O’Connor (87) describes her struggle to get much-needed eye treatment

Abduraheem Duidi, from Crumlin, was shot in Tripoli and is  receiving treatment at University Hospital Galway

Family of Abduraheem Duidi had to raise money privately to fund medical evacuation to Ireland

An investigation is under way into the death of a patient on the grounds of Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Male patient took his life having been last seen in emergency department waiting room

 A mural on Charlemont Place, Dublin. This week’s talks represent a final chance to secure agreement on Orkambi. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Executive to meet Orkambi maker in bid to secure deal estimated to cost over €250m

Abdu Raheem with his mother Patricia Fitzpatrick: Raheem was shot in both legs in Libya

Abduraheem Duibi’s right foot has been amputated by surgeons in Galway hospital

Patricia Fitzpatrick with her son Abduraheem Duibi who was caught in crossfire in Libya and shot in both legs: after nearly three weeks the family raised enough money to fly him out to hospital in Galway but it was too late to save his foot

Galway doctor says delay in airlifting Irish man led to amputation due to sepsis

Dr Andrew London (top of screen), of the Aylesbury Clinic Tallaght, with Aidan Callaly, the chief executive of GP Online. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

GP Online is being piloted by six surgeries for patients who do not need physical exams

Women were being told  that abortion increases a woman’s risk of breast cancer, Labour leader Brendan Howlin said.  Photograph: iStock

Dept of Health raises concerns with Labour move to ban misleading of women in crisis pregnancies

Tony O’Brien said his role as chief executive and chairman of the state’s largest organisation broke every rule of corporate governance and needed legislative reform. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne

Tony O’Brien says health service will not survive five years without major reform

Students from Santa Sabina Sutton support fellow student Ruth Nolan, who has Cystic Fibrosis, by attending the  Orkambi protest outside the Dáil earlier this month. Photograph: Alan Betson

Cystic Fibrosis Ireland concerned about lack of contact between HSE and Vertex

Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Female patient found dead on Sunday morning in room near emergency department

Pro-tobacco group Forest Ireland described the measure as ‘gesture politics’ and predicted it would not work. File photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Ireland to become fourth country in world to remove logos from tobacco packaging

Cliona Marley, with her mother Joan, underwent a heart transplant in 2014. Cliona was ‘speechless’ with gratitude for unknown donor. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Transplant survivors urge people to consider becoming donors and providing ‘gift of life’

 Minister for Health Simon Harris  ordered a review  last year after claims up to one-third of senior HSE clinicians are in receipt of money from the pharma industry. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Fianna Fáil proposal would allow public to search online register of payments to doctors

Dr Tom Keane, former director of the State’s cancer control programme,  said if any other country had the kind of problems found in the Irish health service “the Government would not survive”. File photograph:  Matt Kavanagh

‘If you have to wait more than 12 months for an appointment you may as well not have that appointment’ - Dr Tom Keane

The clinical expertise to set up a heart transplant programme for children and carry out the operations now exists in Ireland, according to Prof Jim Egan, director of Organ Donation and Transplant Ireland. Photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire

Concerns over current arrangements requiring children to travel to UK for operations

 TCD’s Dr Orla Hardiman. A study by Dr Hardiman’s team has  shown for the first time that motor neurone disease and schizophrenia are genetically and biologically linked. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

TCD researchers’ findings cast doubt on divide between psychiatry and neurology

Current arrangements for handling emergency ambulance calls in the capital can result in a delay of ‘crucial minutes’, Hiqa said. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Callers were needlessly left waiting up to eight minutes because of ‘convoluted’ processes

HSE director general Tony O’Brien:  wrote this week to the PAC’s chairman to say he wished to correct the record of the information he provided to the committee in February 2016. Photograph: Eric Luke

HSE director general to appear before PAC to correct evidence given on case last year

A study published in the British Medical Journal looked at the health records of 1.93 million UK adults who were all free of cardiovascular disease at the start.  Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Research links light alcohol consumption with less risk of heart and blood vessel illness

Hospitals will face a €700 million hole in their budgets if any attempt is made to deprive them of income from private patients, Minister for Health Simon Harris has warned.

Minister accuses some members of healthcare committee of ‘ideological warfare’

The Minister will unveil detailed plans for the reform of the health service at the Oireachtas committee on the future of healthcare. Photograph: Thinkstock

Minister’s proposal designed to eliminate incentive to handle more private patients

University Hospital Waterford has one cath lab, which is used to treat patients with serious heart conditions, operating daytime hours, five times a week. Image: Google Streetview

Simon Harris condoning inequality by supporting relatively restricted services in region

The Mater hospital in Dublin is fully owned by the Sisters of Mercy. Though few, if any, nuns are active in clinical work, members of the order sit on the board.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There is still a strong Catholic involvement in our hospitals but some orders are getting out

St. Vincent’s University Hospital: The Dublin institution is owned by the Sisters of Charity and valued at €255 million. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Hospitals owned by two religious orders that have underpaid millions in redress scheme

The Ombudsman for Children said  “young people with scoliosis are suffering severe physical and psychological effects as a result of the delays they experience.”

Four-month maximum waiting time complies with best practice, says ombudsman

Lynda and Leslie Martin, from Rathnew, Co Wicklow, with their sons Ciaran and Cathal, who have been diagnosed with Metachromatic Leukodystrophy (MLD). Photograph: Corrine Crennan

Cathal Martin (2) diagnosed with MLD too late to take part in clinical trial in Italy

The operators of St Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin have come under fire from the HSE and the Dáil Public Accounts Committee over the payment of additional sums to senior executives. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Nicky Jermyn returned to work in a different role at St Vincent’s just months after he left

Homespun denture businesses are treating patients in dirty conditions and failing to adhere to basic hygiene precautions, according to the Clinical Dental Technicians’ Association. Photograph: Frank Miller

Dental technician body claims unregistered operators treat patients in dirty conditions

The Clinical Dental Technicians Association is sending “cease and desist” letters to more than 20 operators it claims are illegally providing dentures. Photograph: Getty/iStockphoto

Authorities powerless to stop illegal operators who practice in dirty conditions

 Consultant neurologists hope  to provide clarity  on the issue of  medicinal cannabis for patients with epilepsy

Expert group to ensure treatments are ‘beneficial and safe’ for those with epilepsy

Continuing delays at emergency departments have led to just five of 34 hospitals hitting official targets for ambulance turnaround times. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ambulances had to wait over an hour to transfer patients on 1,500 occasions in January

Children who spend long periods watching electronic screens every day are more likely to have higher body fat, insulin resistance and weight gain, a UK study says.

New research finds ‘screen time’ can be linked to several risk factors for the disease

There was a big fall in the amount of sedatives found - down from 726,000 dosage units to 272,000.  Photograph: iStock

Tripling in finds of anabolic steroids leads HPRA to warn over dangers of bodybuilding product

An investigation ordered by Minister for Health Simon Harris into payments by drug companies to HSE staff has failed to establish whether any took place

Harris ordered review after claims clinicians taking payments from pharma industry

Minister for Health Simon Harris, St Vincent’s  chief operations officer Kay Connolly and Dr Rhona Mahony, master of the National Maternity Hospital, with the model of the Natonal Maternity Hospital at St Vincent’s. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne

Move of maternity hospital from Holles Street to St Vincent’s three years behind schedule

HSE director general Tony O’Brien said a timeframe for closing the repayment scheme had yet to be agreed. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

About half 70,000 thought eligible applied for refund of fee paid between 1976 and 2004

The HSE’s independent confidential recipient Leigh Gath. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Independent whistleblowing service received 220 contacts, an 85 per cent increase on 2015

Simon Harris, Minister for Health, at the launch of first national survey on the needs of prople with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) at Buswells Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Study shines light on lack of supports for people with Prader-Willi syndrome

Director general of the HSE Tony O’Brien. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Mary Lou McDonald accuses Tony O’Brien of misleading committee over ‘Grace’ case

Over 96,000 patients are waiting in excess of 12 months for an outpatient appointment. File photograph: Getty Images

Plight of patients hits new low with latest record indicating troubling trend for Minister

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