Former minister for health James Reilly commissioned the report over a year ago. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A highly critical report into a midlands hospital where five babies died in controversial circumstances has provoked a furious row between the Heal(...)

Coloured mammogram of a woman’s breast that contains a cancerous tumour. The new test can help determine the most effective type of treatment for patients.

A new test has significantly reduced over-treatment of breast cancer patients with chemotherapy and saved the Health Service Executive €800,000, new (...)

In five cases involving programme refugees since 2011, the HSE when asked to provide treatment in the Irish health service did not do so, it has confirmed.

A number of refugees due for resettlement in Ireland have been diverted to other countries after the Health Service Executive said they would not be o(...)

St Vincent’s hospital: Overcrowding at one of Dublin’s main teaching hospitals has almost doubled overnight after 40 “hidden beds” were included in the figures for the first time. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Overcrowding at one of Dublin’s main teaching hospitals has almost doubled overnight after 40 “hidden beds” were included in the figures for the f(...)

Director of Mental Health Reform Shari McDaid: Case raised questions about access to investigations for patients in the centres involved Photograph: Alan Betson

The Mental Health Reform organisation, which promotes improved services, has expressed concern about the failure of authorities to act quicker in the (...)

Ireland already has by far the largest incidence of cystic fibrosis in Europe. Photograph: The Irish Times

Irish people living with cystic fibrosis into adulthood is expected to increase by up to 65 per cent by 2025, according to an international survey.The(...)

Critics of the proposals emanating from a UN agency have dubbed them the “Irish model law” because of the alleged role of an official from the former Irish Medicines Board  in drafting them

The Irish medicines regulator has been dragged into an international row over proposals to tackle counterfeit drugs. Critics of the proposals emanat(...)

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland found eight nurses guilty of professional misconduct in its latest  findings

A male nurse has been struck off for having inappropriate and intimate sexual contact with a patient at an unidentified child and adolescent psychiatr(...)

Leo Varadkar: the Minister for Health’s proposed Bill on assisted legal reproduction can do nothing to regulate the practice of overseas surrogacy. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Surrogacy is complex, often cumbersome and fraught with pitfalls, yet it is booming. It is becoming a global business, an expensive option for childle(...)

Families Through Surrogacy, which conducted the survey, said about half (12) of the 25 Irish people or couples who organised a surrogacy abroad travelled to Thailand, seven went to Georgia, five to India and one to the US

A steady stream of Irish people anxious to start a family are travelling abroad to enter into surrogacy arrangements in spite of continuing uncertaint(...)