Minister for Primary Care Kathleen Lynch said she was very angry about the case. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Primary Care Kathleen Lynch has not ruled out holding a commission of inquiry into a case in the southeast in which a woman who, as a chi(...)

Bill Prasifka, the new chief executive of the Medical Council. He believes the current system is ‘overly formalistic’. Photograph: Eric Luke

The new chief executive of the Medical Council has expressed concern over a significant rise in disciplinary cases involving doctors who have failed t(...)

HSE director general Tony O’Brien wrote to the Minister saying large voluntary teaching hospitals were in some instances “breaking the rules” in how they went about recruiting consultants. Photograph: Getty Images

The application of rules restricting the level of private practice senior doctors can carry out in public hospitals has become a “farce”, the head of (...)

For the health service 2015 was a case of ‘plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose’. Hospital trolley numbers continued to increase throughout most o(...)

The Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise: a Hiqa report showed how badly women who had lost babies in the hospital were treated. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

What is a health service for? It was a question that suggested itself many times during 2015, a year when the interests of patients and staff were all(...)

Tony O’Brien, director general of the HSEhas criticised the adversarial framework used to resolve litigation surrounding birth injuries and provide compensation for victims and their families. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish TimesPhotograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The head of the Health Service Executive has questioned why the State contests long-running medical negligence cases that delay compensation for famil(...)

The HSE needed a €600m supplementary estimate this year after overrunning its budget. Photograph: Getty Images

Planned new health service initiatives could be put on hold and hospital building programmes might have to be deferred if the Health Service Executive(...)

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar (centre) with Stephen Mulvany, chief financial officer (right) with the HSE  and and Tony O’Brien director general HSE (left) at the launch of the HSE’s plan for 2016. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The 2016 HSE service plan carries a “substantial financial risk” arising from a €100 million shortfall in funding, the organisation’s director general(...)

Once overcrowding has reached a specific critical level, or any patient is waiting longer than nine hours in the emergency department, the hospital will be obliged to take certain steps. File photograph: Frank Miller

Hospitals are to be fined €10,000 each time they breach a new directive aimed at cutting overcrowding in emergency departments. The money(...)

HSE director general Tony O’Brien told his human resources department he was concerned the risks of publishing the report at the time outweighed the benefits. Photograph:  David Sleator.

The introduction of a new human resource strategy for the HSE’s 100,000 health service staff has been delayed, in part, by concerns in the Department(...)