Savita Halappanavar, whose death lead to calls for a new maternity strategy. Obstetricians have queried the presence of two women who lost children at Portlaoise hospital in a steering group for developing this strategy.

Obstetricians have questioned the presence on a national maternity steering group of two women who lost babies at Portlaoise hospital.One member of t(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar during a visit to Portlaoise hospital last week. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

More than a week after the publication of a highly critical report on maternity services at Portlaoise hospital, there has been much outpouring of (...)

The announcement of a fourth baby death in the space of 30 months at Cavan General Hospital is worrying. Coming on top of the profoundly shocking Heal(...)

File photograph of Portlaoise hospital. The Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) said a Hiqa report on the hospital highlighted the ‘critical importance’ of a properly resourced health service. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The underfunding of frontline hospital services is undermining the safety and quality of acute care, according to a hospital consultants group.The Iri(...)

The HSE failed to take decisive action on defining the role of the hospital and to resource it sufficiently. For example, up to last July, the 24/7 emergency department had an emergency medicine consultant on site for only six hours, four days a week. Photograph: Getty Images

An independent patient safety service should be established within a year, according to the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) report on (...)

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(...)

HSE director general Tony O’Brien promise to take “whatever action is appropriate” once he has had the chance to read the report in full. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Another health scandal, another report. What will be different this time?The word “accountability” appears in Hiqa’s report on Portlaoise hospital 212(...)

Introducing the Thirty-Fourth Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2015, Socialist Party TD Ruth Coppinger said cases had emerged, due to the 1983 abortion amendment, which had appalled people throughout the country and internationally. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

A referendum to remove the 1983 abortion amendment from the Constitution should be a matter for the next Dáil, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has sa(...)

The Medical Council has decided that no further action should be taken against Dr Katherine Astbury (above) in relation to the care of Savita Halappanavar. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

No action will be taken by the Medical Council against Dr Katherine Astbury, the consultant obstetrician who led the care of Savita Halappanavar befor(...)

Warren and Lorraine Reilly from Loughrea who lost two  children while attending Portiuncla Hospital. Photograph: Andrew Downes

Senior management at the Department of Health and the HSE differed sharply on the seriousness of problem births identified at Portiuncula Hospital, do(...)