The Irish Times reported on Tuesday that the confidential report commissioned by the HSE had concluded that Ireland was too rural to support an ambulance service to compare with the service in England and to meet official targets for response times.

The existing system of measuring ambulance response times should be abolished and replaced by one that focuses on the outcome for the patient, the Min(...)

Public service: lower-paid health workers want their pay concerns prioritised. Photograph: Alan Betson

Lower-paid staff in the public service want their pay concerns to be prioritised following new salary proposals put forward for hospital consultants(...)

Siptu was alerted to the fact that some staff assaulted or injured at work in Tallaght hospital were being billed for the €100 emergency department charge. Photograph: David Sleator

Staff working in hospitals who are injured or assaulted at work should not be paying the €100 emergency department charge under any circumstances, ac(...)

Siptu is moving to make permanent 1,000 hospital support staff currently employed as part of a Government intern scheme. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

The trade union Siptu has lodged a claim with the HSE to have 1,000 hospital support staff who are currently employed as part of a Government intern s(...)

Siptu’s Paul Bell: It is time for health workers to see a return of their lost earnings. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

The next time the Government sits down with public service unions the aim will be to secure an agreement “that will see us into a new era beyond fisca(...)

St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin. The Siptu members who voted for strike include porters, catering personnel, household staff, technical services employees engaged in the sterilisation of instruments and some workers in laboratories

About 2,000 staff in a number of Dublin hospitals, who are represented by the trade union Siptu, are to stage strike action in the event of managemen(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar told the Dáil, in an answer to a written parliamentary question last week, that the Health Service Executive  had recorded a net deficit of €361 million to the end of August.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Health Service Executive is heading towards a financial deficit of €510 million this year, according to the latest projections by health servic(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: said savings could “sometimes be illusory. If you then end up plugging gaps in the service through agency staff, it can actually cost more in some cases”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

The health service will not be able to meet targets set by the Government to reduce staffing levels, said Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. He said wh(...)

The former Mount Carmel private hospital in Dublin has been bought by the HSE for a reported €11 million.

The former Mount Carmel private hospital in Dublin has been bought by the HSE for a reported €11 million. About 300 staff at Mount Carmel, which provi(...)

Siptu organiser Paul Bell. File photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Management in the HSE are “soft” on the compliance of the highest earners in the health service with Government pay policy, the trade union Siptu has (...)