Tony O’Brien, director general of the HSE, leaving the Dáil following the  Oireachtas health committee. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

HSE director general Tony O’Brien is to meet RTÉ director general Noel Curran over allegations the HSE tried to suppress last year’s Prime Time progr(...)

Tony O’Brien’s LinkedIn page said he was “director, clinical strategy and programmes, HSE from May 2011 to March 2012”. It was then changed to say that he was as director of clinical strategy and programmes from May 2011 to September 2011, not March 2012 (right).

HSE director general Tony O’Brien’s LinkedIn profile has been changed, just hours before a high-profile appearance before the Oireachtas health commit(...)

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 (...)

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 Minister said funding for 2015 would still be tight, but maintained the additional €635 million provided was realistic and would “reverse some of the harm of recent times”. Photograph: Getty Images

For a Government that wanted to provide more transparency to the budgetary process, an awful lot remained hidden about what went on in the run-up to t(...)

In a confidential report to the Department of Health on services that needed to be developed, the HSE said there was no system to support the co-ordination of information which the health service was receiving on the quality of patient care. Photograph: Bloomberg

The HSE told the Government last September that it was not able to analyse information it was receiving on the quality of services so as to highlight (...)

HSE director general Tony O’Brien contends the draft report is unfair, lacks specific details, is inaccurate in some respects and fails to give reasons for its findings. Photograph: The Irish Times

It is clear now from the trenchant criticisms levelled at the Health Service Executive, as revealed in The Irish Times on Tuesday, why that organisati(...)

Former minister for health James Reilly told an Oireachtas health committee it was not Government policy to change Portlaoise to a model-2 hospital because it had maternity and paediatric units. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Government “determined” Portlaoise hospital should have 24-hour surgery and critical care but did not ensure it was safely resourced to provide th(...)

HSE director general Tony O’Brien: Told the Oireachtas committee on health last month that the Fair Deal scheme was the “Achilles heel” of the health services. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Health service chiefs and Government officials are working on a multimillion euro plan aimed at tackling hospital overcrowding and delayed discharges.(...)

Among the areas where health services are under serious pressure are hospital emergency departments and maternity services, while there are also growing waiting lists for vital procedures and primary care. File photograph: Getty Images

The head of the HSE has privately warned the Government that patients will face clinical risks this year due to funding shortages for health services.(...)