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.(...)

 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(...)