The issue of patient dependency levels has dominated the second day of the fitness to practise hearing into nurse Bimbo Paden (above) before the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.Photograph: James Connolly/PicSell

A nurse who placed surgical tape over a patient’s mouth was overworked and stressed at the time of the incident, a disciplinary hearing has been to(...)

Bimbo Paden: said something to the effect of “it’s only been on for a minute”, according to nurse Tracey Ryan. Photograph: James Connolly/PicSell

A male nurse “half-smiled” like he had been “caught in the act” after taping a patient’s mouth, a nursing colleague yesterday told the inquiry arisin(...)

A  nurse who placed tape over a patient’s mouth accepts he is guilty of professional misconduct, an inquiry heard today.

A nurse who placed tape over a patient’s mouth accepts he is guilty of professional misconduct, an inquiry heard today.Bimbo Paden, a Filipino nurse (...)

Dr Maurice Hayes called for “the transfer of substantial powers and responsibilities to a reinvigorated local government”. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Ireland’s political difficulties are compounded by a “lack of engagement” by the electorate and especially by the young, the MacGill Summer School ha(...)

The Seanad reform campaign group Democracy Matters has criticised the Government for the delay in implementing change to the State’s Upper House. In t(...)

The dispute between the HSE and the St Vincent’s healthcare group centres on whether consultants employed in the public hospitals on a particular contract known as type B can engage in practice in the group’s private facility.

The St Vincent’s Healthcare Group has said it disagrees with the HSE over whether consultants paid by the exchequer and employed in its public (...)

St. Vincent’s hospital, Elm Park, Dublin: HSE director general Mr O’Brien said it was essential there was “absolute clarity” in relation to governance across the whole of the St Vincent’s Hospital group, in particular as this relates to public hospitals.

The HSE is seeking a clear separation between the public and private hospitals on the St Vincent’s campus in south (...)

HSE director general Tony O’Brien: In a letter to the chairman of the St Vincent’s Hospital Group, Mr O’Brien set a deadline of today for it to reply to demands. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The HSE is planning to cut all capital or development funding to St Vincent’s and St Michael’s hospitals in south(...)

An operation in progress at  the   National Surgical Centre for Pancreatic Cancer at St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin. The departure of Nicky  Jermyn as chief executive of the State-funded hospital comes on foot of controversy over whether the group was compliant with public service pay rules. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Chief executive of St Vincent’s University Hospital Nicky Jermyn is to step down from the post from next Monday. He told staff today that(...)

The board of the Rehab group will meet today to discuss whether to make public the current remuneration of its group chief executive, Angela Kerins. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The board of St Vincent’s Healthcare Group is expected to meet in the coming days to consider the plan by the HSE to dock the funding of St Vincent(...)