Minister for Health Leo Varadkar believes there is scope for toughening up existing legislation so doctors could be held criminally liable for their actions. Photograph: PA

Rogue doctors who repeatedly cause harm to patients could be prosecuted for criminal negligence under new laws mooted by Minister for Health Leo Varad(...)

The Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise: a Hiqa report showed how badly women who had lost babies in the hospital were treated. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

What is a health service for? It was a question that suggested itself many times during 2015, a year when the interests of patients and staff were all(...)

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda: A man found 44 files containing sensitive patient information on a nearby road

The HSE and the Data Protection Commissioner have launched separate investigations after a cache of files containing sensitive patient information wer(...)

Last month, The Irish Times reported that the HSE had threatened to take legal action to prevent the publication of the Hiqa report which has placed some blame for shortcomings at the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise, on senior corporate management.

The advocacy group Patient Focus has accused the HSE of “attempting with all its power” to prevent the publication of a report into Portlaoise hospita(...)

Some applicants may be allowed an extra month to apply, if the assessor, retired High Court judge Maureen Harding Clark agrees “exceptional circumstances” are involved. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

The vast majority of women who had symphysiotomies have applied for payments under the Government’s redress scheme.Over 360 applications had been rec(...)

Maureen Harding Clark: aims to give as much in payments as possible to as many women as possible. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The vast majority of women who underwent a symphysiotomy are likely to receive an award of €100,000 under the terms of the Government’s redress schem(...)

 Hazel O’Kelly,  with photographs of her father  Patrick, who  died in Mid-western Regional Hospital, Limerick,  in November 2005. Photograph:  Liam Burke/Press 22

Hazel O’Kelly came home on October 28th, 2005 to find her father Patrick, a 61-year-old security guard, distressed, incoherent and vomiting.“He was ne(...)

Minister for Health James Reilly suggested appointing a judge who could mediate between the women who had symphysiotomies and the hospitals. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Demands by women who had symphysiotomies have met “a brick wall wrapped in cotton wool” during a meeting with Minister for Health James Reilly, a g(...)

Women taking part in a public demonstration held by the group Survivors of Symphysiotomy outside Leinster Houselast month. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Women who underwent symphysiotomies by having their pelvises unnecessarily broken during childbirth should be paid damages of up to €450,000, accordin(...)