Retired surgeon David Hickey at the Beaumont Hospital pancreas transplant unit. Since his retirement the unit has closed and no transplants have been performed. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Beaumont Hospital and the Health Service Executive could find themselves facing corporate manslaughter charges over the closure of the pancreas transp(...)

Beaumont Hospital was unable to say when pancreas transplants would resume. Photograph: Eric Luke

Patients on the waiting list for kidney and pancreas transplants are to meet in Dublin today to voice concerns over changes to the transplant progra(...)

Professor of obstetrics at UCD Michael Turner. Mr Turner told the Oireachtas health committee that pregnancy complications linked to neural tube defects such as spina bifida was a public health issue of major importance. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Up to 40 cases of children born with spina bifida could be prevented each year by ensuring women take folic acid before pregnancy, an Oireachtas commi(...)

No internet pharmacy, whether legitimate or not in another country, can supply drugs to customers in Ireland. That hasn’t stopped the flow of medicines into Ireland from overseas merchants hawking their wares on the web.

Warnings about the dangers of purchasing medicines on the internet have become commonplace in recent years, but the first known Irish death of a perso(...)

Two separate investigations are under way into the death of a young man after the suspected consumption of an illegal slimming product purchased onlin(...)

Dr Rhona Mahony, master of the National Maternity Hospital. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Childbirth is increasingly framed in a “consumer context” full of expectations that cannot be met, according to the head of the State’s biggest matern(...)

The Public Accounts Committee chairman John McGuinness said getting value for money is central to proper procurement, but in the case of the HSE “that is simply not happening”. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times.

The Health Service Executive is failing to get value for money for the taxpayer by failing to procure goods and services competitively, according to a(...)

The Alone organisation said a third of those in nursing home care with low to medium dependency needs could live at home if they were supported to do so. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Government is forcing older people into nursing homes by failing to provide support to allow them to continue living at home, according to a chari(...)

The Alfred Beit Foundation is to consider postponing the sale of a number of paintings from Russborough House in Co Wicklow.

The controversial sale of artworks from Russborough House at Christie’s in London may not go ahead after private Irish donors offered to buy the pictu(...)

The Midlands Regional Hospital in Portlaoise. A review which looked at case notes of 28 births about which concerns have been raised, many in Portlaoise, has been published.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times.

Women who suffer adverse events in Irish maternity units should be provided with the results of a review into their case within two months, a new repo(...)