Does the lack of signage and ignorance about the locationof the complaints office indicate a culture of not taking complaints seriously? Photograph: Getty Images

Do you have a complaint about the health services and want to make it in person? First, you must find the complaints office, which may not be e(...)

Savita Halappanavar: her death in October 2012 led to three inquiries. Photograph: The Irish Times

A review of governance structures at University Hospital Galway is under way in the wake of the death of Savita Halappanavar i(...)

 Cardinal Bernard Law.

The former Cardinal Archbishop of Boston Bernard Law, who resigned from the post in 2002 amid allegations of cover-up in the handling of cleric(...)

Suddenly, women no longer had the right to decide how, when and where to give birth. Photograph: Getty Images

Since the publication of the report into perinatal deaths at the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise, various commentators, including Liam Do(...)

Prof Freddie Wood: “One of the key issues emerging from our research and discussions was the need for leadership in putting agreed values for good professional practice consistently into action.” Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

It is entirely appropriate that the main thrust of the Medical Council’s five-year strategy is centred on patient safety. With the indefe(...)

Who runs Ireland?

THE POLITICIANS ENDA KENNY Taoiseach Kenny holds the most powerful political position in the land. He is chief of the Cabinet, has the f(...)

Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise: four babies died during labour or shortly after birth over a six-year period. Picture: James Flynn/AP

The RTÉ documentary into the deaths of babies at the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise suggests a continuing failure by the Health Service Execu(...)

There are no figures available on maternal sepsis for most of the country’s maternity units, despite the recommendations made in the HSE’s own investigation into Savita Halappanavar’s death.

Important guidelines for the collection of data on maternal sepsis in Irish hospitals are not yet in place, despite recommendations made in June last (...)

 “Journalism has become a branch of the entertainment industry.” Photograph: Alan Betson

I’ve long been irritated by the way journalists use the word “story” to refer to things in newspapers. You hear sometimes, for example, a journalist r(...)

The  Medical Council is in the process of redrafting its guidelines on abortion following the commencement of legislation yesterday. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The Medical Council is in the process of redrafting its guidelines on abortion following the commencement of legislation yesterday. The work is being (...)

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