Dr William Behan, Walkinstown: “You’re dealing with more trivial illnesses, or illnesses at an earlier stage.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

There was the boy with the sniffle; the mother who brought her baby to the doctor on the childminder’s say-so; the parents looking for a cert so their(...)

Dr Omar Hassan Khalafalla: he misdiagnosed an X-ray, put on protective gear incorrectly and re-contaminated his hands by touching a non-sterile area while scrubbing up. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The lengthy inquiry into Dr Omar Hassan Khalafalla, who was found guilty this week of 28 counts of poor professional performance and professional misc(...)

The Health Service Executive (HSE) is now to launch a new two-week campaign aimed at encouraging people to take the flu vaccine. Photograph: Thinkstock

A new flu vaccination campaign is to be launched by the HSE and additional palliative care beds are to be opened in the west and south-east in an atte(...)

The case at the centre of the row involves a woman who, as a child, was placed in a care home in the south east in 1989. She was 11 and remained there until 2009, during which period she was allegedly subject to severe abuse. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

HSE director general Tony O’Brien has promised to give a comprehensive answer to the Public Accounts Committee over accusations it lied to members in (...)

The State has one of the lowest rates of breastfeeding in the world, according to a new study. Photograph: Anees Mahyoub/Reuters

The State has one of the lowest rates of breastfeeding in the world, according to a detailed analysis of trends published in The Lancet. Just 55 per (...)

Clinical director of Wexford General Hospital Dr Colm Quigley said the patients were stable and responding well to treatment. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Wexford General Hospital is treating five confirmed or suspected cases of the strain of influenza responsible for the 2009 swine flu outbreak, it has (...)

The Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaiose. Róisín Molloy, whose son Mark died in Portlaoise, told the launch the greatest apology she and other parents could get was to implement the new maternity  strategy. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Detailed information on the safety of the State’s 19 maternity units is to be published by the HSE next month. The statements will allow intending mo(...)

Dr Omar Hassan Khalafalla Mohamed moved from one hospital to the next despite concerns being raised by staff who worked with him. Photograph: Collins

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has written to the Health Service Executive asking it to review employment procedures for staff who move between diff(...)

Under new projections, Irish children’s fat intake fell by up to 6 per cent, saturated fat was down 23 per cent, sodium 30 per cent and sugar 14 per cent. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Irish consumers are eating less salt, sugar and fat in their diet thanks to the reformulation of the products they consume, the food industry has clai(...)

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

A Mullingar man has appealed to the Government to fund an experimental treatment for his wife with one of the world’s most expensive drugs in order to(...)