People have been asked to avoid Beaumont Hospital’s emergency department and potential patients have been urged to visit their GPs for treatment instead of arriving at the hospital. File photograph: Getty Images

Up to 20 patients a night are being treated on chairs at Dublin’s Beaumont Hospital because no trolley or bed is available, the Irish Nurses and Midwi(...)

A report found 70% of people contacting the Irish Cancer Society information services are women. Photograph: Thinkstock

Cancer information services need to engage better with men, older people and people with disabilities, according to a new report. In total, over 82,00(...)

A staff member (seated) at Áras Attracta kicks resident Ivy McGinty on Tuesday’s Prime Time report on RTÉ. 1:36

It would be comforting, at the end of a week of troubling revelations in the health service, to think that the appalling scenes of abuse at Áras Attra(...)

In a statement, Beaumont Hospital said it regretted the extremely difficult conditions faced by patients and staff as a result of a number of factors. File photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Beaumont Hospital in Dublin has asked patients to “avoid or delay” their visit to the emergency department because of overcrowding.The hospital says c(...)

A Hiqa report on the Rotunda Hospital expressed significant concern with safe injection practices in its neonatal unit. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times.

Levels of cleanliness at two Dublin maternity hospitals have been criticised by the State’s health watchdog.The National Maternity Hospital had poor c(...)

Minister  for Health Leo Varadkar has backed the HSE’s proposal, saying: ‘It is sad that we have to do it, but the only way to satisfy ourselves that this is not happening in other places is to have our own undercover inspections.”  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A proposal to send Health Service Executive (HSE) inspectors undercover into creches and care homes to root out abuses by staff has provoked differin(...)

A scene from the Prime Time programme which shows Ivy McGinty being kicked by a care assistant (seated) when she asked for help in going to the toilet.

Perhaps the most chilling aspect of Tuesday’s Prime Time programme on Áras Attracta was the casual and routine nature of the abuse meted out to vulner(...)

HSE director general Tony O’Brien:  “Such standards should not and will not be tolerated in the HSE.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Health Service Executive has apologised to residents at a Co Mayo disability centre and their families over their mistreatment at the hands of sta(...)

Hiqa chief executive Phelim Quinn has said  revelations by RTÉ’s Investigations Unit about abuse at Áras Attracta in  Co Mayo are appalling, but there are “specific limitations” to any inspection regime. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The State’s health watchdog has expressed reservations about undercover inspections of care homes on legal and privacy grounds.The Health Information (...)

A still image from the RTÉ Prime Time video about alleged abuses in Bungalow Three at Áras Attracta Care Home in Swinford Co Mayo. The programme will be broadcast on Tuesday. Photograph: RTÉ

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has backed the use of undercover investigations to identify possible abuse of patients in care units. He said the Ára(...)