Brendan Courtney’s documentary highlights the difficulties in navigating Fair Deal and the delays that arise in the system. Photograph: Alan Betson

On any one day, there are hundreds of so-called ‘delayed discharges’ in the system

In some cases the wider family wants to avoid having the patient’s assets used to fund a nursing home place through the Fair Deal scheme, according to HSE head of legal services Eunice O’Raw.

Instances of families reluctant to use assets for funding care home, says head of legal services

File image of INMO members protesting outside St Vincent’s hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

INMO will not finalise strike plan until after new talks with Government

The committee believes a “transitional fund” will be needed to enable the transfer of care from hospitals to the community and primary care over the period of the plan.

Plans for universal health system must start with primary care, committee says

 Minister for Health Simon Harris said the IBTS would continue to keep all deferral policies under review in the light of scientific evidence, emerging infections and international experience

Irish Blood Transfusion Service applies 12-month deferral period for men who have had sex with men

Since the report was commissioned, there has been a substantial increase in staff in the emergency department and an additional ward has been opened to cater for surges in the number of patients attending, the spokesman said.

University Hospital Galway admits emergency department building is not suitable

The worse affected hospital was University Hospital Galway, where more than 5,000 procedures were cancelled in 2016. Photograph: Eric Luke

Big rise in cancellations nationwide due to overcrowding in emergency departments

 Student Seán Fenton: “I noticed a huge difference straight away. My head was clearer. I didn’t get as many seizures and those I did get went away more quickly.” Photograph: Liam Burke/Press

Seán Fenton (19) says medical use of drug a vital support in upcoming Leaving Cert

An official report says relationships between senior medical staff and the nursing team appear broken and the resulting lack of trust is extremely damaging. Photograph: Eric Luke

Patients are at risk and ‘nobody is in charge’ at departmental or corporate level

Former NI deputy first minister Martin McGuinness announcing his resignation from the post. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Rare disease caused by deposits of abnormal protein – amyloid – in tissues and organs

The OECD report  says more than 10 per cent of hospital expenditure goes on correcting preventable medical mistakes or infections that people catch in hospital.  Photo credit should read: Lucinda Wilcox/PA

Report queries need for charges imposed on patients for visits to emergency departments

Protesters march down Bridge Street in Waterford in September 2016, demanding improvements in cardiac services at University Hospital Waterford.  Photograph: Patrick Browne

Move is dependent on funds and aimed at defusing controversy over cardiac services

Under a Health Service Executive target, the number of patients on trolleys on any given day should not exceed 236. Photograph: Frank Miller

Wintry weather may lead to new overcrowding records in hospitals next week

Oireachtas committee planning the future of the health service:   some submissions highlighted a lack of integration between State agencies and many raised issues of staff morale. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Oireachtas team says consensus on primary and integrated care but finances disputed

Under HSE targets, the number of patients on trolleys on a given day is not supposed to exceed 236. Photograph: Frank Miller

More beds are opened and numbers fall from last week’s high of 612, say INMO figures

The hospital with the longest outpatient waiting list is University Hospital Galway at 34,807, followed by Cork University Hospital, where 27,000 patients are on the list

Figures a relief to Harris who is under intense pressure due to record numbers on trolleys

Hospitals see over 30 patients who self harm every day with alcohol  playing a role in about a third of cases

New Year’s Day is the worst day of the year for self-harm presentations at Irish hospitals

Graffiti on Charlemont Place, Dublin: the Orkambi drug which improves lung function and reduces hospitalisation would cost €160,000 per patient annually at its initial price.   Photograph Nick Bradshaw

US pharma Vertex in talks with HSE to reduce high price of cystic fibrosis drug

Rosarii Mannion, HSE national director of human resources: “A lot of the negative messages that have gone out have inhibited relocation but we want to change that narrative.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Event targeting nurses home for Christmas or going back to work after some time away

The HSE is already facing the threat of industrial action by tens of thousands of doctors and nurses in the new year.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Workers seeking access to evaluation arrangement and potential salary increases

Oisin O’Connell, lung consultant at the Mater Hospital:  “When you are under pressure and trying to do the best you can, discrimination only adds to the pressure.” Photograph: Eric Luke

‘It is so demoralising to work side by side with colleagues, doing exactly the same work’

Among those on the list of the top 100 payees is Fianna Fáil Senator and Mayo GP Keith Swanick, who received over €494,000 during the year.

Highest-earning individually named GP earns in excess of €820,000 in fees

An example of Fuchsite, a silicate-type rock containing mica. File photograph: Getty Images

Over 400 seeking redress for alleged damage to homes from mica-containing blocks

Stauntons Pharmacy in Castlebar, Co Mayo where errors were allegedly made in dosage

Hearings into two other pharmacists at same practice deferred until the New Year

 Wexford Independent TD Mick Wallace: has worked effectively as a touchstone for disaffected citizens. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Maverick TD channelled public anger on austerity while leaving State €1.4m short on VAT

Protest in support of people with cystic fibrosis and the campaign for Orkambi drug therapy approval in Ireland at Leinster House earlier this month. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

About 2,000 German patients to benefit as State continues to negotiate over price

Donated goods for the occupation of Apollo House. Photograph: David Cochrane/The Irish Times

Showers to be added to block taken over by housing campaigners as numbers there rise

“Some older people find they are absolutely miserable in a home but their chances of leaving seem to depend greatly on the family dynamic”

Up to 70% of cases dealt with by advocacy group involve family conflicts over care

“The nursing home was very nice and comfortable, but I felt terrible. I was going out of my head, there was nothing to do,” says Kay. Library photograph: iStock

Case study: after she fell, Kay’s family found a residential place for her but she got bored

 Supplies are brought into Apollo House in Dublin city centre which has been taken over by “concerned citizens” and is being used to accommodate homeless people. Photograph: Alan Betson

Home Sweet Home group accommodating 31 homeless people in disused office building

One of the issues raised by a number of witnesses in Dr Bernadette Scully’s trial was the fight for services for her severely disabled daughter. Photograph: Collins Courts

Doctor was forced to seek help from London clinic amid struggle with HSE for services

Bernadette Scully leaving the Central Criminal Court in Dublin on Friday.  Photograph: Collins Courts

GP was found not guilty of the manslaughter of her profoundly disabled daughter

Andrius Kozlovskis and Bernadette Scully: the pressure on Scully grew and grew as her daughter Emily’s condition got worse. Photograph: Collins Courts

Popular GP went through difficult marriages but cared for daughter ‘100 per cent plus’

There was much talk about our bigger, older population and the demands this was putting on the health service, though this should hardly come as a surprise

Absence of cutbacks is welcome although it seems a case of ‘merely treading water’

One in three men, and one in four women, will get invasive cancer during their lifetime. Illustration: Sciepro/SPL/Getty

Lifestyle changes linked to static rates but almost 38,000 still diagnosed every year

 Orkambi graffiti on Charlemont Place Dublin: under initial proposal the drug would cost €160,000 per patient annually.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Minister says he will not be bullied, as talks with pharma firm on cystic fibrosis drug reopen

HSE director general Tony O’Brien warned of a number of significant risks to the delivery of health services next year as the organisation set out its plans for its €14bn budget. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Health body says it may not be able to meet costs of pay and new drugs and equipment

Prescription charges paid by more than 330,000 medical card-holders over the age of 70 will be reduced from next March. File photograph: Getty

Simon Harris also announces medical cards for 9,000 sick children by early 2017

The highest trolley figures on Tuesday were in Cork University Hospital and University Hospital Galway, where 48 patients apiece were waiting for admission.

Concern over rise in overcrowding as 541 patients waiting for admission

Alcohol was implicated in one in three deaths over the 2004-14 period. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Fatalities up 62% over 10 years, with half of those who died aged 39 or younger

Also known as GBL or simply “G”, the drug GHB gives rise to seizures, hallucinations, extreme agitation and is easy to overdose on. However, it is also used increasingly in the chemsex scene for its euphoria-inducing and disinhibiting properties. File photograph: Getty Images

Use of drugs to enhance sexual pleasure is suspected over sharp rise in HIV, syphilis and gonorrhoea

Since 2012, the HPV vaccine has been provided to girls in their early teens but a trenchant campaign of opposition has seen a falloff in the take-up rate from 87 per cent to about 50 per cent. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Vaccine will target 16-26-year-olds from next January through public clinics

Building up resistance: misuse of antibiotics is said to be costing 700,000 lives a year. Photograph: Getty Images

Superbug outbreaks in Limerick and Tallaght show that antibiotic resistance is in our communities, our hospitals, our bloodstreams(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris: “There is no doubt that the number of people on waiting lists is too high but the really critical thing is how long people are waiting.” Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill

Record high comes despite reduction in long waiting times for inpatient procedures

The most common place where major trauma occurred was the home (46 per cent) followed by the road (20 per cent). Farm-related injuries accounted for 148 major trauma injuries (5 per cent). Photograph: Alan Betson

Major trauma caused most often by falls of under 2m, says office of clinical audit

Minister for Health Simon Harris said it is  time for the spinning to stop and the talking to start, in the best interests of patients. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Government and Vertex differ over approach to price talks for cystic fibrosis treatment

‘These are ordinary people in ordinary jobs who never went into their professions to be regulated in this way,’ INMO says. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

INMO says media coverage of such hearings can be difficult and ‘toxic’ for nurses involved

Health committee chairwoman Roisín Shortall: blamed time lost during summer and Christmas recesses, and delays in the procurement of expert advice. Photograph: Eric Luke

Three-month extension sought due to ‘huge’ volume of work with health expert evidence

Protest in front of Leinster House over the campaign for Orkambi drug therapy approval. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Vertex Pharmaceuticals wants Minister Simon Harris to take a role in negotiations

Seriously ill patients on long waiting lists are suffering financially due to confusion over the Cross Border Healthcare scheme. File photograph: Thinkstock

Cross Border Healthcare scheme gives Irish residents option of public treatment abroad

Health Minister Simon Harris has written to counterparts in four other countries  to see if they could collaborate on achieving a cost-effective price for the CF drug. Photograph: Eric Luke/ The Irish Times

Drug company calls on Simon Harris to intervene after HSE rules out use of Orkambi

A member of the Garda Technical Bureau pictured at a scene in Parlickstown, Mulhuddart on Monday night where a shooting took place.Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Victim (38) received up to six gunshot wounds after incident in Mulhuddart

According to the study, 46 per cent of  women in the Republic have initiated breastfeeding, compared to 64 per cent in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Breastfeeding rates are higher in areas where the proportion of Catholics is lower

05/12/2016A member of the Garda Technical Bureau pictured at a scene in Parlickstown, Mulhuddart last night where a shooting took place.Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times A member of the Garda Technical Bureau at the scene of the shooting. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Victim shot up to six times in in Parslickstown Green, Mulhuddart, shortly after 8pm

Baby Emily with her mother Ellen Shine and consultant obstetrician Prof John Higgins at Cork University Maternity Hospital. Photograph: John Sheehan

New records system to be rolled out across country over next three years

Nora Dodd, patient at  Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing  at St James’s Hospital, Dublin with clinical nurse managers Joan Garcia and Ray Donnelly. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A new centre for successful ageing aims to address the challenges we all face

Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise: Hiqa says it is at a “critical juncture” because of continuing safety concerns.

Watchdog warns emergency department and critical care service pose safety risks

Card-carrying medical marijuana patients  at the first-ever cannabis farmers’ market in Los Angeles. Photograph:  Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images

Bill as it stands will make drug legal for recreational use for everyone over age of 16

The two new vaccinations for Meningococcal B/MenB and Rotavirus will be given to babies born since October 1st, under an extension of the childhood vaccination scheme agreed between the Irish Medical Organisation and the Department of Health. Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

Parents can apply for MenB and Rotavirus vaccines under immunisation changes

Ireland has the sixth highest incidence of breast cancer in Europe, according to the OECD.

Government’s pledge of extended BreastCheck for all 65 to 69-year-olds to take five years

Research finds just 3.5% of over 60s eat recommended three dairy portions daily

The safety and quality of the current ambulance fleet is  an “immediate problem”, says HSE chief Tony O’Brien. Photograph: Alan Betson

Tony O’Brien warns of safety issues around old ambulances, MRIs and X-ray machines

Take-up for the cervical cancer vaccine is “significantly behind target”, according to the HSE performance report. Photograph: Getty Images

Take-up of cervical cancer, flu serums significantly down, according to HSE report

Half of patients with heart failure have no access to a support group in their area.  Photographer: Patrick T Fallon/Bloomberg

Community care can reduce national burden and improve quality of life, says IHF report

Nurse Mary Canny assists patient Martina McMahon at Shannon Doc to use a video link to a GP in Dublin. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Patients in ShannonDoc treatment centre in Kilrush are seen remotely by Dublin doctor

My aim this winter is to try to increase my speed by 10-20 per cent. Photograph: iStock

Despite training sessions and three triathlons, I was still a slow swimmer so I signed up for a Total Immersion workshop

A premature bay being cared for at Cork University Maternity Hospital. File photograph: Niall Duffy/GMC Photography

Obstetricians want greater independence from Cork University Hospital

Survivors of Symphysiotomy claim the report by Judge Maureen Harding Clark (right)  falsely alleges that leading campaigners on the issue who said they had the procedure did not in fact have one.

Survivors of Symphysiotomy say none of its campaigners refused by redress scheme

Demonstrators take part in a protest held by the group Survivors of Symphysiotomy outside Leinster House in 2013. Photograph: Eric Luke

Judge Maureen Harding Clark raised doubts about some women who applied for redress

A new company, the National Maternity Hospital at Elm Park, is to be set up to operate the new Holles Street maternity hospital.  Photograph: Eric Luke

‘Unedifying spat’ delayed urgently needed move from outdated city premises

Dementia deaths rose from 739 in 2008 to 2,159 last year. Women were twice as likely as men to die from dementia. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Ageing population will bring higher incidence of condition, says Helen McEntee

Judge Maureen Harding Clark: A report by the assessor of the State’s  symphysiotomy scheme was rejected as “whitewash” by a survivors group. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Up to 30 women pursuing litigation rather than applying for now closed redress scheme

The death rate from heart attacks, cancer and pneumonia is above average, but the death rate from strokes has fallen significantly below the EU average. Photograph: iStock

OECD report shows health outcomes continue to lag behind other western countries

Judge Maureen Harding Clark: after  analysis of the evidence, she found no general pattern of injury. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Complexities of the arguments for and against the practice have been largely ignored

An official report says over 30 per cent of applications to the Government’s symphysiotomy redress scheme were unfounded. File photograph: Getty Images

Many applicants for pubic joint procedure redress scheme lacked evidence, says judge

Judge Maureen Harding Clark said one woman wrote to say she would buy a “special hat”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Assessor of redress scheme makes 216 awards of €50,000 and 168 of €100,000

Irish Patients’ Association says  patients are worried over  threat posed by superbugs and overcrowding. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

HSE staff member alleges she has been victimised over whistleblowing activities

Minister for Health Simon Harris said the number of applications to the Government’s symphysiotomy payment scheme had exceeded expectations.

Redress scheme makes payments to 399 women over controversial childbirth procedure

Two new vaccinations, for Meningococcal B/MenB and Rotavirus, will be given to babies from December 1st

Department of Health agrees to provide GPs with extra €80 a year to administer vaccines

Studies suggest CPE kills about 40 per cent of those who become infected, especially older, frail patients. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Costs for health service if superbugs continue to make inroads will be enormous

A HSE whistleblower has called for an investigation of 29 deaths in which, it is claimed, drug-resistant organisms may have been a contributory factor. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Whistleblower says multidrug-resistant superbugs behind deaths at Limerick hospital

About 350 children die before their 18th birthday every year in Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images

About 3,840 children have life-limiting conditions that benefit from palliative care

Johnson & Johnson chairman and chief executive Alex Gorsky.

At least 20 women to take action against Johnson & Johnson over ovarian cancers

The public are urged not to use antibiotics for colds and flu, to take antibiotics exactly as prescribed. Photograph: Thinkstock

Consumption of antibiotics is falling in many European countries but rising in Ireland

Concerns emerged following an audit by two independent orthopaedic surgeons of spinal surgery procedures carried out by a surgeon at University Hospital Galway  and Merlin Park Hospital (above) between January 1st, 2013 and November 14th, 2014.

Independent review finds concerns over spinal surgery carried out on four patients

Bed occupancy rates in Ireland are the highest in the EU, Eurostat figures show. The bed occupancy rate in Ireland was over 93 per cent, compared to 75-80 per cent in France and Germany. Photograph: Vincent Hazat/PhotoAlto/Getty

Eurostat report shows health spending of 9.91% of GDP higher than Germany and UK

Hiqa says the Government needs to introduce new legislation to safeguard vulnerable adults from abuse

People receiving care in their own homes require protection of legislation, says Hiqa

Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Mr Peter Van Geene has 21 days to appeal any sanction imposed by Medical Council to High Court. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Peter Van Geene failed to adequately explain hysterectomy to patient, committee found

Overcrowding in hospital emergency departments is at its highest level this winter. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Hospital system ‘one week away from national emergency,’ claims Fianna Fail

Hiqa has identified a number of safety risks at the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital in Dublin. File photograph: Alan Betson

‘Significant investment’ needed to fix safety risks despite plan to move to new locations

  Bríd Stack with her six-month-old son Pearse Beasley: “If I’m having a second baby, I’ll definitely get vaccinated.” Photograph: Eric Luke

As doctors struggled to ward off sepsis concern grew about having to deliver baby early

Unfounded concerns about vaccine safety are   widespread  among pregnant women, according to a  survey of patients at the Rotunda Hospital. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish health professionals have ‘unfounded’ worries about the jabs, survey says

Ireland has the highest rates of hospitalisation of the disease in the OECD. Photograph: Getty Images

Call for nationwide testing to help identify thousands with undiagnosed COPD

The Department of Health and the HSE plan to add two new vaccines to be given by GPs to all children born after October 1st, 2016.

Irish Medical Organisation says Department of Health will miss December 1st deadline

Gardasil, a vaccine against cervical cancer. Photograph: AFP/ Getty Images

Fine Gael TD directly blames anti-vaccine movement for decline in uptake among girls

A HSE memo told nurses they had the authority to move a patient within a hospital using ‘minimum force’. Photograph: Getty Images

Tony O’Brien says there is no health service policy to force patients to leave hospital beds

Simon Harris says he is pleased that the INMO has again confirmed its commitment to the Lansdowne Road Agreement. File photograph: Eric Luke

Health Minister criticises ‘offensive’ language used by campaigners against St James’s site

A HSE memo told nurses they  had the authority to move a patient within a hospital using “minimum force”. Photograph: Getty Images

Withdrawn document advised hospital staff on ‘trespassers’ who refuse to leave beds

HSE director general Tony O’Brien has called for a national discussion on health spending. Photograph: Alan Betson

Pay restoration can only be achieved at expense of patient care, says Tony O’Brien

Parents’ choices at home influence children’s  ability to self-regulate their eating habits. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Conference hears how genes and family behaviour can influence a child’s weight

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