Nurses claim the scale of overcrowding in hospital emergency departments last month was 40 per cent higher than in August of last year. Image: Thinkstock.

The provision of additional staff, beds and funding has not yet reduced the level of hospital overcrowding, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said.(...)

 Nurses who attended consultation meetings regarded the level of pay restoration in the revised Lansdowne Road agreement as “very minimal” compared with the “draconian” cuts imposed over the past six years. File photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Nurses and midwives have voted overwhelming in favour of the revised Lansdowne Road Agreement on public pay and pensions, in spite of reservations ove(...)

The Government has consistently refused to publish the details of these “side deals”. Photograph: Getty Images

Senior nursing executives in the new hospital groups established by the Government are to receive pay increases of €600 a month. The increases for di(...)

Overcrowding in hospital emergency departments last month reached a record high for the month of June, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Orga(...)

Chairman of the public service committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, Shay Cody, said  there would not be any changes to peoples’ terms and conditions as a result of the new talks process. “Productivity is something public servants deliver, day in, day out,” he said. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The first session of talks between the Government and trade unions on pay restoration for about 300,000 public service staff ended after 15 minutes.Go(...)

Nurses are demanding an independent review of the Health Information and Quality Authority as tensions between staff and the regulator increase.Delega(...)

Liam Doran, general secretary at the INMO (Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation) and Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: Mr Doran said the extra €74m from the Government to help the trolley crisis is welcome but is not enough to solve the problem. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Shorter working hours and the continuing trolley crisis in emergency departments top the agenda for the annual conference of the Irish Nurses and Midw(...)

More than 500 people are awaiting admission to hospital on trolleys in emergency departments around the country. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

March saw the highest number of patients on trolleys nationwide for the same period since 2005, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisatio(...)

The present measures might not have been needed if Government had not cut the budget for Fair Deal by €30 million last year

The latest initiative by Ministers Leo Varadkar and Kathleen Lynch to tackle hospital overcrowding is the fourth high-level attempt in a decade to sol(...)

Leo Varadkar is  expected to bring the  new plans to the Cabinet subcommittee on health when it is agreed. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Additional funding will be needed to implement some of the proposals in the new plan for tackling emergency department overcrowding, Minister for Hea(...)