HSE director general Tony O’Brien: appointed a three-person investigation team comprising experts from the UK to examine management and clinical failures at Portlaoise hospital. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Patient dissatisfaction with the health service has soared, with almost 20,000 complaints made about the Health Service Executive or voluntary hospita(...)

The HSE was given seven years after the introduction of Hiqa regulations to bring units up to compliance. That deadline expires this year. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

It has been known for some time that significant State investment would be required if the country’s 119 public residential care facilities were to ac(...)

HSE director general Tony O’Brien. St Vincent’s Healthcare Group has threatened a ‘legal battle’ with the health executive if more than 100 consultants are prevented from doing private work. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The board of St Vincent’s Healthcare Group, which runs two of Dublin’s main hospitals, has threatened a “legal battle” with the HSE if more than 100(...)

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: “Clearly relations between the HSE and St Vincent’s are not in a good place. There does need to be more dialogue between the two and for necessary information to be made available to the HSE.” File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The dispute between between the Health Service Executive and the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group, which runs two of Dublin’s main public hospitals, is d(...)

The group that runs St Vincent’s hospital   has clashed with the HSE. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The ongoing row involving the Health Service Executive and the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group stems in part from tensions between the traditional volun(...)

HSE chief Tony O Brien: Took the decision on foot of “specific allegations” received concerning the broader group which operates the publicly-funded St Vincent’s and St Michael’s hospitals in Dublin and the associated St Vincent’s Private Hospital. Photograph: The Irish Times

The HSE is to commission external forensic auditors to review financial arrangements within the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group. It said its director g(...)

 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(...)