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.(...)

 The former chief executive of the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group Nicholas Jermyn:  was reappointed  last  summer to a new post of director of strategy.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The HSE has asked the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group to confirm that all “irregular” payments to senior staff have now stopped.In a letter sent last w(...)

The Health Service Executive (HSE)has said the practice of “tandem burials” in which the bodies of dead infants were placed in the coffins of unrelate(...)

Director general of the HSE Tony O’Brien:  had instructed its internal audit unit to review the issues raised. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The HSE breached tendering rules by extending a controversial arrangement for an outside executive to fill a senior management position on a contract(...)

Last month the chairman of the Dáil Public Accounts Committee John McGuinness raised concerns that a company known as Starline Management Consulting Ltd was paid €258,000 to fill the position of chief operations officer/deputy chief executive officer at the hospital group.

Talks are scheduled to get underway tomorrow at the Labour Relations Commission aimed at resolving a dispute over what staff at the Limerick group of(...)

John McGuinness  raised concerns over €258,000 paid to fill the position of chief operations officer/deputy chief executive officer . Photograph: The Irish Times

People appointed on consultancy contracts to carry out work for public bodies are not covered by the Government’s official pay ceiling, the Department(...)

The chairman of PAC John McGuinness: he said the HSE was a business and if he was a shareholder, he would say it was not fit for purpose. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Cost-saving drives in the health service are expected to intensify in the weeks ahead as the Department of Health estimates that the HSE’s financial d(...)

The HSE’s national director for human resources Barry O’Brien said if organisations made such cases and submitted the required documents he would engage with the Departments of Health and Public Expenditure on their behalf. The HSE is understood to be insisting the July deadline remains for compliance with Government pay policy.

Some senior executives in voluntary hospitals and health agencies, who are currently receiving highly controversial top-up allowances, may be able to(...)

The serious financial overrun in the Health Service Executive poses significant problems, not just for the health service but for the Government’s ove(...)