The Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) report into patient safety is sobering and disturbing . Notwithstanding claims by the HSE that “mu(...)

File photograph of Prof Aidan Halligan. The noted UK-based Irish doctor has died at the age of 57. File photograph: NHS

Prof Aidan Halligan, the UK-based Irish doctor who turned down the chance to become the first head of the Health Service Executive (HSE) more than a d(...)

In the horse meat scandal and others, the buck should have stopped somewhere; someone was responsible. Photographer: Mario Proenca/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Once again, this time in the case of the death of Savita Halappanavar, a “systems failure” has been put forward to explain shortcomings in her trea(...)

Praveen Halappanavar outside Galway County Hall after the jury in his wife Savita’s inquest returned a unanimous verdict of death by medical misadventure. “If I had known I would have followed them up myself,” he said of his wife’s blood results. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

There is a group of people in the country who are shocked but not surprised by the treatment received by the late Savita Halappanavar, whose in(...)