Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Portlaoise hospital is the health controversy that refuses to go away. Ever since revelations almost two years ago about baby deaths in the maternity(...)

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 (...)

Before chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan published his report into the baby deaths at Portlaoise in February 2014, there was no evidence to show that at a national level, meaningful oversight of the hospital was maintained.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Senior officials in the HSE failed to visit Portlaoise hospital to assess safety concerns after last year’s RTÉ Prime Time programme on baby deaths(...)

In an email to a regional HSE official, local TD Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan  describes every department in the hospital as “in crisis”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Health Service Executive has funded counselling for up to 18 women who lost babies after delivering at the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaois(...)

Department chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan had recommended in his report that the Portlaoise unit be placed under the governance of the Coombe in order to provide quality and safe healthcare. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times.

The maternity unit at the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise is to be placed under the control of one of the big Dublin maternity hospitals, in a(...)

The Coombe hospital in Dublin. It balked at taking on the Portlaoise task without extra staff and resources

A plan to place maternity services at the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise under the control of one of the big Dublin maternity hospitals has(...)

Tony O Brien, director general of the  HSE, said he didn’t dispute the serious problems at the hospital. Photo: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The HSE appealed to the Department of Health to “urgently intervene” earlier in the bitter row with health watchdog Hiqa over its investigation into (...)

Former minister for health James Reilly commissioned the report over a year ago. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A highly critical report into a midlands hospital where five babies died in controversial circumstances has provoked a furious row between the Heal(...)

Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer of the Department of Health: “The indicators in this report signal that certain services require further analysis and examination in order to identify if a problem exists.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Major geographical variations in outcomes and performance within the health service are revealed in a new Department of Health report.The findings of (...)

 The Midland Regional Hospital:  it has been at the centre of controversy since early last year when it emerged that five babies had died in similar circumstances after being delivered there. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Fewer than one in six patient complaints to the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise, is dealt with in the target time of 30 days, according to an (...)