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

The Oireachtas health committee heard that Government departments were “high on aspiration and frighteningly low on detail”. Photograph: Getty Images

Oireachtas committee hears of mounting concern on lost healthcare option in North

 Vera Twomey with People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny at Leinster House, Dublin after they walked from Cork to Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Oireachtas committee hears update on scheme as protester completes 260km walk

TCD’s Tilda began tracking over 8,000 adults aged 50 and over in 2010. Photograph: Getty Images

Older adults ‘16 times more likely to give money to their children than receive it’

The initial decisions were made by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.  Photograph: Eric Luke

High court confirmed disciplinary actions made by Nursing and Midwifery Board

The Devine report found no one in the HSE did anything about the concerns of day services.

HSE regrets Grace’s mother cannot accept its apology but said it can fully understand why

EU member states have landed Ireland with a €34m bill for the cost of providing healthcare for Irish people abroad. Photograph: Getty Images

Republic must cover the costs of providing care to Irish people in other member states

The transplant unit at the Mater hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Fall in road traffic deaths in recent years reducing number of deceased donors

TD John McGuinness: accused the HSE of providing misleading information about the current status of the three staff who made the decision on ‘Grace’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

HSE insists three key figures who left young woman in foster home have left State body

Going teetotal: by Irish standards my consumption was nothing exceptional, yet what are Irish standards on alcohol but the lowest? Illustration: Negrot/Getty

Lent – a mere 40 days of abstinence – is for wimps. Paul Cullen looks back at a year without alcohol

 Vera Twomey    with her daughter Ava, who suffers from Dravet’s Syndrome: Ms Twomey  is   walking to Dublin in support of the legalisation of medicinal cannabis. File photograph:  Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Mother of boy with severe form of epilepsy says families face ripoffs and bogus products

Mr Justice Alan Mahon: has long since returned to spending most of his time in the courts. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill .

Many of those originally named in report used legal route to have their names deleted

Shauna McCormack with a placard featuring her two-year-old son Leon, who has cystic fibrosis, at a protest outside Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Hundreds demonstrate outside Dáil in support of free access to groundbreaking drug

Graffiti on Charlemont Place at the side of the Grand Canal in Dublin. Price talks on the groundbreaking but highly expensive cystic fibrosis drug Orkambi are entering a “critical phase,” Minister for Health Simon Harris has said. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

HSE and manufacturer of costly medicine in ‘critical phase’ of discussions on deal

Speaking at the launch of the two HSE commissioned reports in Kilkenny, officials suggested the Government needs to consider changes that would allow the HSE carry out speedier investigations of staff implicated in serious care failings.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach: Treatment of woman in foster home ‘a disgrace’

Dr Cathal Morgan, head of operations at HSE Disability Services, at the launch of the publication of the HSE South East disability foster care reports in Kilkenny. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Disability head offers ‘heartfelt and unreserved’ apology for failings in ‘Grace’ case

The Devine report dates from 2012 and the Resilience Ireland report from 2015, and neither captures the appalling wrong that has been committed in this case. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Staff responsible for a woman allegedly abused in foster care will not be held to account

‘Grace’ was in full-time foster care from 1989-2009, when she was removed from the foster home by the HSE,

Disabled woman was left in foster home for 20 years despite sexual abuse allegations

At the launch of the publication of the HSE reports in Kilkenny are Tess O Donovan, assistant National Director HR ,Dr Cathal Morgan Head of Operations HSE Disability Services. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Two reports published on alleged abuse say four other cases must be examined

Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes: treatment in Northern Ireland is “really the only cost-effective option”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Brexit may affect Irish seeking medical treatment in North, says Brian Hayes

Fewer than 25 children aged under 15 have died from cancer each year since the 1990s, compared to 50-60 from the 1950s to the 1970s

New report also shows that the number of rare childhood cancer cases is increasing

World Health Organisation: “Antibiotic resistance is growing and we are fast running out of treatment options.” File photograph: Getty Images

List of multi drug-resistant pathogens includes bacteria found in Irish hospitals

Hiqa has found evidence of under-reporting of mistakes with  medication, non-reporting of near misses in drug administration and outdated reference materials. Photograph: Getty

First Hiqa inspections of medication identify wide variations in drug safety arrangements

Costs for the proposed national children’s hospital at St James’s have spiralled from €404m four years ago to €1bn

Unclear what €1bn price tag for proposed facility at St James’s in Dublin will buy

Minister for Health Simon Harris at the turning of the sod last summer at the new children’s hospital at St James’s, the most expensive children’s hospital to be built anywhere in the world.   Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Cost of National Children’s Hospital on St James’s site has soared to about €1bn

Plans to move the maternity hospital from Holles Street to St Vincent’s were delayed by 18 months due to a row over governance. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

HSE argues ‘not reasonable’ to say cost of locating new facility at St Vincent’s has risen

The agency is winding up operations due to financial difficulties caused by funding challenges and increased operating costs.

Marriage advisory service to close with loss of 18 jobs and termination of eight contracts

CF Ireland says damage is being done to children with cystic fibrosis by the failure to authorise Kalydeco for  those aged two to five years

Cystic Fibrosis Ireland warns of ‘strong outcry’ if HSE fails to approve Orkambi on cost

St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny. The CRE outbreak was reported in late January, and full infection-control precautions were put in place

Four patients in hospital’s surgical ward have been infected with the CRE superbug

The minor injury units do not treat serious injuries. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Many of 11 units across State are in hospitals whose 24-hour rooms close

Ramona Nicholas: the pharmacies include Cara, whose directors include Ms Nicholas of RTÉ’s ‘Dragon’s Den’, and the Hickey chain, which has 28 outlets

Cara and Hickey’s among those accused over multiple dispensing fees

Sgt Maurice McCabe: the terms of reference embrace the two main whistleblowers, Sgt Maurice McCabe and Garda Keith Harrison, but a provision allows for  investigation of “any other complaints”  by other gardaí. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

If it avoids legal challenges, is well chaired and organised it may take less than a year

 Emphysema sufferer Orla Keane has been using Respreeza, a highly-expensive wonder drug that is set to be rejected by the HSE on cost grounds. Photograph: Alan Betson

Woman fearful after HSE and firm behind Respreeza fail to reach deal on drug price

Respreeza is being  provided through a compassionate-use programme. File photograph: Getty Images

Over 20 emphysema sufferers to see use of ‘life changing’ Respreeza finish in two weeks

Irish Deaf Society calls on Ross Browne to highlight the ‘lived reality’ of exclusion experienced by community. Photograph: YouTube

Ross Browne ‘interpreted’ his own version of Enda Kenny’s speech in Cork

Former minister Ray Burke who was questioned by the Planning tribunal. Photograph:  Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

They cost a fortune, last for ages, become complicated and lawyers make a fortune

The smoking rate among expectant mothers attending the Coombe  hospital in Dublin fell from 14.3 per cent to 10.9 per cent between 2011 and 2015. Photograph: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

New study claims fewer pregnant women are smoking but calls for e-cigarette review

A doctor gives an HPV vaccination to a teenage girl.  Thousands of schoolgirls who did not get the cervical cancer vaccine last autumn are to be offered a second chance to receive it in the coming weeks. Photograph:  Joe Raedle/Getty Images.

HSE says uptake of HPV jab fell from 87% to 50% due to ‘unsubstantiated’ safety claims

Sexual healing: The TCD study revealed that older men have more sex than older women. File photograph: Getty Images

Trinity College Dublin study finds two-thirds of this age group are having sex weekly or monthly

Minister for Health Simon Harris has appeared to ratchet up the pressure on HSE senior managers. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Analysis: Irish health system is not geared towards examining managerial failings

 People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny (3rd from left) with  Dr Cathal O’Suilliobhain, Mark Gaynor,  from Galway and Vera Twomey, from Cork, at the launch of the Cannabis for Medicinal Use Bill 2016 in November. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Report recommending access for certain conditions to be implemented

Minister for Health Simon Harris will on Friday publish the Health Products Regulatory Authority  report on cannabis for medical use. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Government-commissioned review recommends the medicinal use of the drug

Dr Walsh worked as a as a psychiatric adviser to the Department of Health from 1987 to 2003.

Psychiatrist was long-time critic of accommodation facilities for patients

This year’s flu vaccine is considered a good fit for the predominant A(H3N2) strain circulating, with 71 per cent of specimens tested matching the vaccine. File photograph: Getty Images

Infection rate declining after nine weeks of elevated activity, according to HSE update

There were 539 patients waiting for admission to hospital on trolleys or in wards on Wednesday morning

Trolley crisis forces cancellation of thousands of scheduled appointments

Simon Harris and his team are reportedly frustrated at the slow pace of change in the health service and what they believe is resistance to their reform proposals. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Officials who took part in TV debate felt they were ‘thrown under the bus’ by Minister

In Ireland,  we publish separate waiting lists for outpatient appointments and for inpatient procedures, and also for gastro-intestinal endoscopes. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Much of the time potential patients spend interacting with the health service goes unrecorded

HSE director general Tony O’Brien warned TDs the organisation could not   build the proposed national children’s hospital “within the current capital envelope” Photograph: Alan Betson

Health service not in position to sign contracts on project, HSE director tells TDs

Minister for Health Simon Harris. UCC health economist Dr Brian Turner says: “We have a particular problem in Ireland with waiting lists.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Experts give their opinion on cause of crisis and how the health system can be improved

Deirdre McDonnell spent two years on a waiting list before undergoing on operation to correct the curvature in her spine.

Charity Straight Ahead has funded operations for 100 children with the condition

Billy Caldwell’s mother Charlotte says cannabis oil has reduced his life-threatening seizures from up to nine a week to four a month. Photograph: Keep Billy Alive/Facebook

Tyrone woman living in Los Angeles with son says she does not want to be criminalised

There are 62,066 patients on a Planned Procedures list, which is not published.

HSE admits it has concerns about 9,000 inpatients not included on national waiting lists

Minister for Health Simon Harris marks the commencement of phase one of construction of the new children’s hospital at St James’s. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Rows continue over the location of the new building at St James’s Hospital in Dublin

Proposed children’s hospital at St James’s: rising costs in the construction sector is being blamed for most of the projected increase in the facility’s price tag

Steep rise in budget from €650m excludes IT and equipment costs of at least €200m

 Minister for Health Simon Harris has been asked by the Oireachtas health committee to ensure both organisations representing GPs participate in negotiations on a new contract for the profession. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Oireachtas group complains to minister about ‘unacceptable’ exclusion of union

Dysentery bacillus (shigella). This bacterium causes shigellosis, an infectious colitis characterised by an acute inflammatory reaction in the intestines. The effects on the organism are severe with acute abdominal pain, dehydration, loss of blood and high temperatures. Optical microscopy x 1850.

Second outbreak of shigella among MSM within a year

Over 1,000 Irish-trained GPs went to work in the UK alone between 2009 and 2013 and have not come back, according to the National Association of GPs

GP association warns Oireachtas health committee of ‘monumental’ manpower crisis

Tallaght Hospital  said it was currently experiencing a very high number of emergency attendances, which was resulting in longer patient waiting times. Photograph: David Sleator

Tallaght Hospital warns patients of delays as record 57 people wait for a bed

A mural on Charlemont Place in Dublin. Authorities in Ireland, the UK and several other European countries have balked at CF drug Orkambi’s high price. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Health body indiciated it would pay up to €75m a year for product estimated to cost €400m

 John Tobin from Tramore, Co Waterford. ‘They had to stand down the helicopter due to fog and in the end the only option was to drive me to Cork.’ Photograph: Mary Browne

Three campaign groups to step up pressure for 24/7 services for heart-disease patients

Former Tipperary senior hurling manager Eamon O’Shea. Families bear about half of this cost, he estimates. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

NUI Galway’s Prof Eamon O’Shea says treatment is costing €1.9bn annually

More than 2,000 people at Tallaght Hospital have come into contact with a potentially lethal superbug since an outbreak began 18 months ago. Photograph: David Sleator

Dublin centre has had an outbreak of a potentially lethal bug for the past 18 months

 Drinking untreated water  is much more risky   than exposure to THMs,  the   HSE says. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty

Chlorine can react with organic matter in water to form trihalomethanes

Family doctors support the legalisation of cannabis for medicinal use, a new survey indicates.

Family doctors are opposed to a general decriminalisation of the drug, new survey says

Prof Robert Harrison: oversaw  births of about 4,000 babies using fertility technology. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Founder of Hari unit carried out first IVF procedure at St James’s Hospital in 1985

Emergency: report finds medical waiting times in Ireland  to be “frequently more than three hours” more often  than anywhere else in Europe. Photograph: Alan Betson

Euro Health Consumer Index ranks Irish health system 21st overall in 2016

The HPV vaccine has the potential to avert 250-350 cervical cancer cases a year. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Only a small number of those testing positive had both subtypes linked to cervical disease

Trolley crisis is claimed to be causing misdiagnoses and shortening the lives of patients or causing permanent injury. Photograph: Frank Miller

Ictu claims presence of managers and consultants will speed decisions and patient flow

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