Minister for Health James Reilly would have us believe no cull of medical cards is under way. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The new head of the State’s acute hospitals is only the latest in a long line of senior officials to look at costs in the health service and go “OM(...)

Dr Tony O’Connell, national director of acute hospitals,  has warned hospitals their costs are running at unsustainable levels

The newly appointed head of the State’s acute hospitals has warned hospitals their costs are running at unsustainable levels and must be immediately a(...)

The Health Service Executive is expected to run at least €200 million over budget by the end of this year.

The senior executive in charge of running the country’s hospitals has been transferred to a new post, less than a year after taking up the position(...)

The Minister for Health said: “The acquisition of Mount Carmel as a stand-alone maternity hospital would, I believe, represent a retrograde step.”  Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The HSE is examining whether the former Mount Carmel private hospital could be transforme(...)

HSE director general Tony O’Brien, who says he can not give details of the drugs  the health executive plans to “delist” from the medical card scheme. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Acute public hospitals will have to make do with nearly €250 million less in funding from the State this year.Separately there will also be “comprehen(...)

Minister for Health Dr James Reilly has asked for a report to be drawn up on the matter and said he would take ‘whatever actions need to be taken to further make sure that this doesn’t happen again’.

The Health Service Executive has apologised “unequivocally” to four families whose babies died during or shortly after birth in the Midland Regional H(...)

Ian Carter, the HSE’s director of acute services: warned of further dysfunction if the Government kept taking money out of the system. Photograph: Dave Meehan.

Hospital consultants are emigrating at the rate of three a month because of deteriorating working conditions, lower pay and “unrelenting” budget cuts,(...)

HSE management yesterday instructed senior staff to reactivate previously prepared contingency arrangements for the strike, which is expected to affect up to 15,000 patients.

Hospitals around the country have begun cancelling outpatient appointments and elective surgery planned for next Tuesday because of the strike by non-(...)

Ian Carter: The HSE said that following a review it had discontinued paying its new national director of acute hospitals an academic allowance of €32,473 and a car allowance of €8,937.  Photograph: Irish Medical Times

The HSE has withdrawn more than €40,000 in allowances paid on top of salary to a senior executive in the health service who was appointed in late July(...)

National director for acute hospitals Ian Carter is being paid a total package of €188,959 a year, over €3,600 more than Taoiseach Enda Kenny gets for running the country.

The Health Service Executive has denied it is breaching the public service salary cap by paying one of its new national directors more than the Taois(...)