A Heathrow flight information screen is shown above a television screen reporting the Ebola outbreak at Heathrow Airport in London, yesterday. Heathrow Airport has begun Ebola screening, whereby passengers will have their temperatures tested for the Ebola virus. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Ireland is well prepared for an Ebola outbreak. We are far from the epicentre of the current outbreak in west Africa and there are no direct flights b(...)

The Department of Health’s chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan is “very concerned” about the patient safety implications of the trend for women to travel to the UK for terminations after receiving a diagnosis of fatal foetal abnormality, and then returning to Ireland to deliver  stillborn babies. Photograph: Getty Images

A growing trend for women who travel to the UK for terminations after receiving a diagnosis of fatal foetal abnormality, and then returning to Ireland(...)

Senator John Whelan: ongoing speculation unfair to staff and public

Labour Senator John Whelan has called on the Minister for Health and the head of the HSE to make a statement on the future of the Midland Regional Ho(...)

Portlaoise hospital: the report says the hospital is “not set up to provide safe acute and elective surgery”. Photograph: James Flynn/AP.

“Urgent correction and reconfiguration” is needed to avoid the “collapse” of care processes at Portlaoise hospital, according to an unpublished revie(...)

Róisín and Mark Molloy: Their son, Mark, died 22 minutes after he was born. Photograph: Eric Luke

The death, during or very soon after the birth, of a healthy full-term baby to a healthy woman who has experienced an uncomplicated pregnancy is, than(...)

A central lab in Ireland would mean having the flexibility to reassign staff and resources to deal with problems when they become acute.

What happens to the samples you give in hospital? Patients are routinely asked to give samples of urine, sputum and blood. After a few hours, or somet(...)

Minister for Health James Reilly is to instruct the State’s health watchdog to undertake a review of maternity services at Cavan General Hospital. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Health James Reilly is to instruct the State’s health watchdog to undertake a review of maternity services at Cavan General Hospital. Thi(...)

Last month, a Department of Health report into the deaths of four infants between 2007 and 2012 found maternity services at the hospital could not be regarded as safe and sustainable under current governance arrangements.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

An independent review into the death of a fifth baby at the Midlands Regional Hospital in Portlaoise will start shortly, with “appropriate” inp(...)

MInister for Health Dr James Reilly is hugged by Natasha Molyneaux (mother of one of the infants who died)following the Department of Health press conference on Portlaoise Maternity Services last week.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Staffing levels contributed to failings in maternity services at the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise but did not explain the attitude a(...)

Report  was drawn up by Department of Health’s chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The maternity service at the Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise cannot be regarded as safe and sustainable within its curren(...)