Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: Promised the independent patient advocacy service recommended in the report by the State’s health watchdog would be fully independent of the Health Service Executive. Photograph: Collins

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has responded to a damning report on baby deaths at Portlaoise hospital by promising to publish a national strategy f(...)

Hiqa chief executive Phelim Quinn speaking at the publication of the Patient Safety Investigation Report into services at Portlaoise. Behind him are Prof James Walker and Mary Dunnion. Photograph: Dave Meehan.

The problems with Portlaoise hospital are not confined to its maternity unit, and the problems with maternity services are not confined to the midlan(...)

Saolta University Health Care Group, which runs the Portiuncula Hospital in Co Galway, says the review team is independent, and will be supported by investigatory staff drawn from other HSE hospital groups. Joe O’Shaughnessy

The membership of an investigation team into maternity services at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, has been announced.The group, chaired by James W(...)

Former minister for health James Reilly commissioned the report over a year ago. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A highly critical report into a midlands hospital where five babies died in controversial circumstances has provoked a furious row between the Heal(...)

At least 12 births where issues arose are to be investigated in the review of Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

A full review of maternity care at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe is to be carried out as part of an expanded investigation into problem birth(...)

Minister for Health James Reilly: has approved the  team of six experts to carry out the investigation. Photograph: Alan Betson.

Three British experts and a retired consultant from Northern Ireland are among the six-person group appointed to investigate t(...)