Leo Varadkar said a number of measures had been taken ahead of the publication of the report, including the appointment of a new manager and a director of midwifery at Portlaoise, while the maternity unit is being transferred to the governance of the Coombe hospital. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The irish Times

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said Portlaoise hospital was “allowed to drift for decades” without clear direction or support. He has accept(...)

Pictured at today’s launch of the Patients First campaign are (l-r): Dr. John Duddy Irish Medical Organisation (IMO), Dr. Hilary Dunne Patients Opinion, Claire Mahon Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), Stephen McMahon Irish Patients Association. Photograph: Lisa Moyles

Patients, doctors and nurses have joined forces to campaign against any cuts to the health services in the forthcoming Budget.The Irish Medical Organi(...)

“We may close but someone had to say to the HSE and the Department of Health that it isn’t acceptable that there is no independent watchdog examining the health system,” says Dr Hilary Dunne , chief executive of the Irish Society for Quality and Safety in Health. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The Irish Society for Quality and Safety in Health (ISQSH) has put staff on protective notice following the HSE’s decision to end(...)