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(...)

 MInister for Health Dr James Reilly is hugged by Natasha Molyneaux, mother of Nathan, following the Department of Health press conference on the Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A number of healthcare professionals at the Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise are facing disciplinary investigations by their regulatory bod(...)

 Róisín Molloy listens to MInister for Health James  Reilly during the Department of Health press conference on Portlaoise Midland Regional Hospital Maternity Services, yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Portlaoise hospital is broken but will be fixed, Minister for Health James Reilly has pledged. Dr Reilly s(...)

 MInister for Health Dr Reilly hugging Roisin Molloy following the Department of Health press conference on Portlaoise Maternity Services today.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

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

 Minister for Justice  Alan Shatter who said the legislation would lead to better outcomes for patients without generating large increases in costs to the taxpayer.

The Government has started work on “open disclosure” legislation which would allow medical professionals to inform patients and their families of medi(...)

MInister for Health Dr James Reilly. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times.

The Minister for Health James Reilly has told the Oireachtas Health Committee that he has “grave concerns” concerning a number of areas surrounding th(...)